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Dzogchen Explorations Index....October 2016


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Connecting With The Earth..."Most of the numerous invaders of Shambhala were more interested in conquering the Earth than touching the Earth".….The Earth Witness Mudra & Sacred Earth Element

Fixing Your Gaze On Space..."Look Up"….

Bone Meets Rock...."You must firm up your posture, for if this is not done, the absolute nature, bindus, and the vital energies will be dispersed in all the channels and elements of the body, and they will not manifest.…."


Dzogchen Overview

Dzogs Chen: the importance of Sem-dé...These teachings were therefore given in secret, as they were seen to be too dangerous for the general population. Ngak’chang Rinpoche says of this issue that … "it would seem to be a perennial policy amongst all socially repressive cultures to keep people ignorant and bound in materialistic superstitions of punishment and retribution."….

Döné Sangwa: Basic Goodness: The Natural State...According to Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, Dzogchen (Rdzogs chen or Atiyoga) is the natural, primordial state or natural condition .....Literally translated "Great Perfection," Dzogchen is the gestalt and grounding perspective that informs and resolves all the elements of the Bon tradition.…In Bon Dzogchen it is stated that all of reality is pervaded by a transcendent principle called "All Good". It has a male aspect called Kuntu Sangpo and a female aspect, Kungtu Sangmo.

The View and Practice of Dzogchen...When it comes to the Dzogchen teachings, it's even more serious. They consider them as not Buddhist at all but as some disguised way of bringing back into play some concept of a self, however subtle, with the notion of Rigpa. Therefore, in their view, Dzogchen is almost a theistic teaching, borrowed from the Bon.….

Dzogchen Overview Wiki... ….

The Twenty One Nails

Twenty-One Nails: Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung...The Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung is one of the three principal systems in the Bon tradition for the transmission of dzogchen or "great perfection" teachings....... The Transmission of Precepts consists of precepts, principally the Twenty-one Nails and the Six Lamps, that form the canonical teachings of the Zhang Zhung Oral tradition. The Experiential Transmission consists of detailed instructions on how to actually practice the tradition….

The Practice of the Six Lamps

The Six Lamps: Lhündrub Tögal & the Vima Nyingtik... One of the principal dzogchen (Great Perfection) lineages of the Bön tradition — our suffering in samsara can be traced to a single cause: our failure to comprehend that external appearances are only a manifestation of our own innate awareness. The text of "The Six Lamps" carefully investigates the precise manner by which innate awareness is situated in our body, travels through the channels of the energy body, arrives at our eyes, and emerges as external appearances….

Five Pure Lights ('od lnga) & The Six Lamps...The Five Pure Lights (Tibetan: 'od lnga) is an essential teaching in the Dzogchen tradition of Bön and Tibetan Buddhism. For the deluded, matter seems to appear. This is due to non-recognition of the five lights. Matter includes the mahābhūta or classical elements, namely: space, air, water, fire, earth. Knowledge (rigpa) is the absence of delusion regarding the display of the five lights….

The Practice of the Six Realms

The Seven Mirrors of Dzogchen

The Seven Mirrors of Dzogchen....Dranpa Namkha (8th C.AD)...The Seven Mirrors .....In this brief work are taught seven mirrors that give quintessential instruction on the topics of: preliminaries, view, meditation, result, conduct, the teaching regarding the pure realms and the six migrations, and the ultimate summary of the teaching. As the Seven Mirrors states about its own teaching: 'This is the essence of the teachings: Like seeing your own face in a mirror, you will see the principle of the clear, innate self-awareness.'….

Tibetan Yoga (Trul Khor)

Zhiné: Calm Abiding Meditation

Bon Mother Tantra (Ma Gyu)

Ma Gyud Tantra & The Female Aspect of the Natural State...In Bon Dzogchen it is stated that all of reality is pervaded by a transcendent principle called "All Good". It has a male aspect called Kuntu Sangpo and a female aspect, Kungtu Sangmo...

The Chod Practice

Dream Yoga

Dream & Reality: Sufism,Taoism, Dzogchen ... In our waking, intellectual mind, differences dominate and determine how we experience ourselves. Whereas while asleep, the waking, active and conscious mind dissolves into the basic consciousness, kun-gzhi-rnam-par-shes-pa in Tibetan (alaya-vijnana in Sanskrit). The basic, all-ground consciousness stores one’s deeper karmic traces, too, which are a part of oneself. When stirred and awakened, the karmic traces tell stories and convey messages….

Sleep Yoga

Powa: The Transference of Consciousness

The Practice of the Five Elements

The Tsa Lung Practice

Bon Causal Vehicles

Soul and Life-Force Retrieval


Dzogchen: Fifteen Stages of A-Tri (A-Khrid) Meditation....The A-Khrid teachings regarding the Ultimate Origin-(A) is believed to have a historical source in the great lama rMe'u dGongs-mdzod(1038-1096).….

Windhorse Practices

Ki So Cha'o: Phywa & the Sang Sol Ceremony...Ki ki so so” is an ancient Tibetan prayer shouted as one crosses a mountain pass....the Ki is a very high pitched sound similar to the cry of an Eagle, equivalent to a seed syllable for the sky.......the So is a very deep earthy sound, equivalent to a seed syllable for the earth.….

Sound, Light & Rays

'Od zer ...Light Rays, Luminosity…Heart, Eyes, and Space...This state of Primeval Purity manifests in the milieu of three elements: sound (sgra), light ('od), and ray (zer). This luminosity resides in the heart of the body like a lighted lamp in a vase....This energy, in the form of light, originates in the physical heart (tsit ta)of the individual. From the interior space within the heart this inner light (nang 'od, Sanskrit: antarayotih) proceeds upward through a translucent channel called the Kati, or smooth white nerve (dkar 'jam stsa) and then exits the body by way of the gateway of the physical eyes." ….

The Five Warrior Syllables Practice

The Healing Practice of Sipe Gyalmo

Crystal Kati

BodhiCitta...Heart Mind...Crystal Kati....Eye Heart... Luminous mind (also, "brightly shining mind," "brightly shining citta") (Sanskrit prakṛti-prabhāsvara-citta, Pali pabhassara citta)….The channel that goes from the heart to the eyes is called the "crystal kati channel"...this seems to be the key to the whole thing.

The Sherap Chamma Practice

Lhak-thong: Fourth Moment

Lhak-thong: Fourth Moment Total Presence..".The fourth moment is not a far-out or extraordinary experience as such. It is a state of experience that doesn’t even belong to now. It doesn’t belong to what might be, either. It belongs to a non-category—which provides another sense of category. Thus it is called the fourth moment. " ….

Tibetan Sound Healing


Mother and Child Luminosities: Inner Radiance of the Ground & Path...A fundamental distinction in the Dzogchen literature of 'od gsal is that of 'inner radiance of the ground' ... and the 'inner radiance of the path' ... otherwise known as the mother and child luminosity respectively. "The luminosity experienced in meditation is called the path luminosity, simile luminosity, or child luminosity. The true luminosity of our awakened nature is called the basic luminosity or mother luminosity; it dawns at the moment of death, and if it is recognized, the mother and the child meet and become one in liberation.….

Ösel: Radiant Matter & Radiant Light...Luminosity is often translated as "clear light," which is a literal rendering of the Tibetan rather than the Sanskrit. Trungpa Rinpoche did not like that term, although he did sometimes use it in his talks, which form the basis of his books, because it is so well known. He felt it had become inextricably associated with such notions as the light at the end of the tunnel in near-death experiences, and that it gave too much of an impression of ordinary, visual light, whereas what is meant is an extremely subtle concept that he thought would be conveyed better by "luminosity."….

Nine Breathings of Purification

Nine Breathings of Purification... A simple breathing practice by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche….

White A Practice

Garab Dorje: White A Practice...At that moment we do a visualization of the white A in a circle of five colors called a thigle. It represents our primordial potentiality….

White A Thigle..."Thigle – Literally means “drops” and is traditionally used to describe ‘spheres of rainbow light’ which is the ground substance reality….

The Nine Stages of Dzogchen

Nine Successive Stages…The Nine Yanas...Way of Supreme Doctrine or The Way of Dzogchen (Bla-med theg-pa) enshrines Dzogchen.......Lame thegpa (bLa-med theg-pa), the Unsurpassed Way, is concerned with the highest attainment through the path of Great Perfection (i.e., rDzogs-chen).….

Lamed Thegpa, bLa-med theg-pa ...The Ninth Stage of Dzogchen...Bon has three principal streams of transmission of Dzogchen, and of these three the Aural Transmission of Zhang Zhung is considered to be the most profound. ..Drugyalwa Yungdrung's practice manual is quite extensive and contains instruction on preliminaries, actual practices of sky-gazing, sun-gazing and dark retreat, as well as four auxiliary sections which provide deeper instruction on view, meditation, action, and the result. This system culminates in the practice of the 49 day dark retreat, and a detailed instruction manual exists for those practices as well….

The Deities of Dzogchen

Shenlha Odkar, Shiwa Okar & Crystal Iconography...Shenlha Okar is depicted with a white body "like the essence of crystal"…. The analogy given by Dzogchen masters is that one's nature is like a mirror which reflects with complete openness but is not affected by the reflections, or like a crystal ball that takes on the colour of the material on which it is placed without itself being changed. ...In Bon tradition, King Gesar of Ling is sent to Tibet by Shenlha Okar, and Trungpa Rinpoche's blending of native traditions and Indian Buddhism appears to echo Mipham's.

Drala...dgra-bla...dgra-lha...sgra-bla...dralha...drabla..."On the relative level of appearances we do seem to exist.....On that same relative level the Dralas can also be felt and communicated with….There are many gods....They are always present everywhere...."

Natural Perfection ... Pristine Rigpa….Shenlha Okar...Purity of karma, putative rebirth, degree of meditation-concentration, facility in visualization, levels of attainment, and so on, are all issues pertinent to acceptance and success within a hierarchical cult....but to the formless experience of Dzogchen, such considerations have no relevance...any kind of preparation or fore-practice muddies the waters….

Kunzang Akor: Shenlha Okar... Kunzang Akor: the All-good 'A' Circle is a meditational form of Shenlha Okar. He is generally recognized by the Tibetan letter 'A' placed on the chest at the level of the heart. The two hands generally rest in the lap and hold the stems of two flower blossoms supporting a yungdrung (svastika) on the right and a vase on the left. There are numerous traditions of ritual cycles and meditation practices for Kunzang Akor.….

Veneration & Making Offerings..."Venerate The Deity and Make Offerings"….

Dzogchen Teachers

Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen (1350 AD)..."Ordinary people, non-Buddhists and Buddhist followers of the eight lower approaches (monastic, solitary ascetic, altruistic householders, tantric practitioners, atheists, hedonists and monotheistic eternalists....)....are identical in that they do not realize natural perfection.....In this important sense, every path is a dead end.…."

Patrul Rinpoche: Advice from Me to Myself (1808-1887)... Listen up, old bad-karma Patrul, You dweller-in-distraction.....For ages now you've been Beguiled, entranced, and fooled by appearances. Are you aware of that? Are you? Right this very instant, when you're Under the spell of mistaken perception You've got to watch out. Don't let yourself get carried away by this fake and empty life.….

Garab Dorje ....dGa'-rab, Persian: گراب‎, Romanized as Garāb (1st c. AD)In the lineage of masters preceding Gyerpungpa, there is found a master named Zhang-zhung dGa'-rab, who may be Garab Dorje... Dzogchen or "Mahâsandhi" in Sanskrit, considers itself the "highest truth", a view superior to Mâdhyamaka. For many Mâdhyamikas, Dzogchen is not even part of the Buddhadharma, but a sort of Chinese Dharma like Ch'an or coming from Advaita Vedânta, Kaśmiri Śaivism, or even Persian religion,

Tapihritsa: Zhang Zhung Dzogchen Master (7th Century AD)...Tapihritsa (c 7th ~ 8th C.) is a Bönpo who achieved the Dzogchen mastery of the rainbow body and consequently, as a fully realised Trikaya Buddha, is invoked as a yidam…. The historical Tapihritsa was born in Zhang Zhung of a family of nomads. Tapihritsa's principal teacher was Dawa Gyaltsen. Tapihritsa was contemporaneous with Ligmincha, King of Zhang Zhung and Trisong Detsen, Emperor of Tibet.….

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Video...In an absolute sense, compassion is the awakened nature of mind. ….

Sikkim Dzogchen: Tertön Lhatsün Namkha Jikmé (1597-1653) of the greatest of his termas, the Dorje Nyingpo Tringyi Tollü Chökor (The Spontaneous Song of the Clouds: the Nucleus of Indestructible Reality), ….

Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859-1933): Rimé (ris med) Movement...The 'non-partisan,' 'non-sectarian', 'universalist' or rimé (ris med) movement represents no less than the most far-reaching and broadly influential phenomenon to mold the Tibetan religious terrain of Shardza's lifetime.....Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé ('jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha' yas, 1813-1899) rejected the 'intellectual petrification' associated with Geluk scholasticism, instead advocating fresh interpretations of original Indic texts across sectarian lines....This movement provided a promising avenue for Bönpos to contribute....Bönpos shared with the Nyingmas the position that the Dzokchen view represented the apex of all doxographical systems, and they maintained vigorous traditions of practice associated with it. Shardza's own keen interest in practicing and writing about Dzokchen undoubtedly left him well-positioned to participate in this type of dialogue.….

Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen: Dzogchen Bon-Buddhist (1859-1934)...Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, who stands as not only the most prominent and influential figure in the Tibetan Bön religion in the twentieth century, but also at the center of a controversy within his own lineage. While his supporters revered him as an enlightened teacher whose non-sectarian sensibilities were perfectly suited to the times, his critics accused of him of championing an unorthodox movement that transgressed sectarian boundaries and mixed Bön with Buddhism.….

Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904) : Thodgal Instructions All mental states and appearances of the impure cycle of existence will forcefully be transformed into displays of the clear light, reality itself.….

Dzogchen: Druchen Gyalwa Yungdrung (1242-1290)...Drugyalwa’s practice manual is quite extensive and contains instruction on preliminaries, actual practices of sky-gazing, sun-gazing and dark retreat, as well as four auxiliary sections which provide deeper instruction on view, meditation, action, and the result. This system culminates in the practice of the 49 day dark retreat….the text is filled with beautiful and expansive quotes from the Twenty-one Nails and Six Lamps.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: The Path of Dzogchen...At the present moment our awareness is entangled within our mind, completely enveloped and obscured by mental activity. Through the practice of Trekchö, or ‘cutting through all attachment’, and the ‘direct realization’ of Tögal, one can unmask this awareness and let its radiance arise.….

The Practice of Trekcho....Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859 - 1933)...Dissolve all visions into the natural state. What is left? Then dissolve even your thought itself into the natural state so there is nothing left. ….

Final Verse....."Natural Perfection, Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen"...Whatever occurs, whatever it may be, that itself is the key, and without stopping it or nourishing it, in an even flow, freely resting, surrendering to ultimate contemplation in naked pristine purity, we reach consummation.….

Dzogchen in the Bon and Nyingma Traditions

DZOGCHEN in the Nyingma and Bon Traditions.....Dzogchen is not something to be limited by any narrow-minded sectarianism, for it pertains directly to the Nature of Mind.... Dzogchen belongs to all humanity and to all life.….

Dzogchen and The Nine Ways of Bon...Unsurpassable Way or the Way of Dzogchen (Khyad-par chen-po'i-theg-pa or rDzogs-chen) is the ninth level of the Bon tradition. ….

Dzogchen & Sufism

Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes & Radical Primordial Reality (1250 AD)...Both Dzogchen and Sufism are diamond-like Wisdom Teachings grounded in the Radical Primordial Reality. The goal of Sufism is to become the perfect mirror of the Formless through the purification of the heart. .

The Cosmic Mirror & Aina Khana of Sufism...The original state likened to a primordial or cosmic mirror." "By primordial mirror we mean unconditioned." "This unconditioned state is liked to a willing to reflect anything...and it remains as it is"..."free from bias: kill or cure, hope or fear." (pg 100) "...the quality of the cosmic mirror is that it is unconditioned, vast open space. is an eternal and completely open space, space beyond question.….Rumi..... We are the mirror as well as the face in it......You would rather throw stones at a mirror?.....I am your mirror, and here are the stones.....

Dzogchen Texts

Seventeen Dzogchen Tantras & The Cina Valley (8th C.)...The Seventeen Tantras are amongst the texts known as the 'Supreme Secret Cycle' the Fourth Cycle and the most sacred tantras in the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition….

Cuckoo's Song of Total Presence: The Six Vajra Verses...The sound of the cuckoo is evocative of the 6-verse text, The Cuckoo's Song of Total Presence. This fundamental Dzogchen text concerns the universally permeating nature of Mind -- non-dual, non-discursive, radiant, spontaneous and free.….

Two Dzogchen Texts & the Dunhuang Manuscripts (366 AD)...For centuries, Buddhist monks at Dunhuang collected scriptures from the West….“The Small Hidden Grain” and “The Cuckoo of Awareness” are two of up to 50,000 manuscripts hidden there for 700 years.

The Beacon of Certainty ... Mipham Gyamtso (1846–1912)...Mipham the Great wrote 'Beacon of Certainty', a compelling defense of Dzogchen….in this final age, the barbarians beyond the frontier are close to undermining the teaching. So there is no point whatsoever in my taking rebirth here…I have no reason to take birth in impure realms ever again.

Dzogchen Text Sources... ….

Quoted Texts

Dzogchen Terms

rDzogs chen terms in Chinese ..The transmission of Fahai Lama focuses on yang ti (yangdi). Yang ti is the Tibetan term for one of the three divisions of the Great Perfection Section of Esoteric Precepts or Section of Secret Instructions (Tib. man ngag sde, Ch. koujue bu 口訣 部), i.e., A ti (Ch. adi 阿的/低), sPyi ti (Ch. jiedi 借的) and Yang ti….

Tibetan Dzogchen Glossary... ….

Dzogchen Sanskrit Glossary... ….

Dzogchen Historical Origins

Podrang Zhiwa Ö & the Non-Indic Origins of Dzogchen (1090 AD)...The early history of Dzogchen (rdzogs chen: “the great perfection”) remains unclear and the subject of controversy.......The Indic origin of the early Dzogchen texts was disputed by Podrang Zhiwa Ö, a Western Tibetan monk and ruler of the 11th century, and a proponent of the “new transmissions”. From that time on, the question of Dzogchen’s authenticity has been raised, usually by critics of the Nyingma tradition….

Garab Dorje, Prahevajra & Uddiyana (7- 8th Century AD)...According to the NYINGMA tradition, the teachings of Dzogchen were first taught in India by a master named Garab Dorje, who was from Oddiyana, in present day Pakistan.….

Mahasiddha Traditions in Central Asia (750 AD)...Dzogchen did not originate in Tibet itself, but had a Central Asian origin and was subsequently brought to Central Tibet by certain masters known as Mahasiddhas or great adepts. There thus would appear to exist two ancient and authentic lineages for the Dzogchen teachings, the Buddhist and the Bonpo......the Bonpo transmission from a line of Mahasiddhas dwelling around Mount Kailas and the lake country of Zhang-zhung to the west and north of Tibet. ..... the Kalachakra Tantra is said to have been brought from Shambhala in Central Asia….

Oddiyana & the Origins of Dzogchen (7th C. AD)... Garab Dorje lived in the 7th Century in Eastern Pakistan/Afghanistan….

Advaita Vedanta & the Origins of Dzogchen...Some leading Tibetan Lama scholars have accused Dzogchen of being a Chinese Dharma (rgya-nag gi chos), or assert that it is connected with Bon or Advaita Vedanta. ….

Dzogchen Images

Naldjor Images...Dzogchen Images From The Naldjor Page….

Shambhala Dzogchen

Blue Pancake, Blue Sky Mind & Dzogchen Realization...Buddhism has a number of schools, primarily divided into the hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana traditions, and squabbling goes on among all of them. They all speak the language of totality, and every one of them claims to have the answer. The hinayanists may say that they have the answer because they know reality. The mahayanists may say that the bodhisattva is the best person that we could ever find in the world. Tantric practitioners may say that the most fantastic person is the powerful and crazy yogi who is unconquerable and who has achieved siddhis and magical powers of all kinds. Let them believe what they want......" ....Chögyam Trungpa ….

Shambhala Vision: Secular, Sectarian & Rime...The Shambhala teachings, originally conceived by Chögyam Trungpa as Secular practices for achieving enlightened society.....Shambhala, as originally proclaimed by Chögyam Trungpa, which state that "there is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. This is the basis, in myth and inspiration, of the Kingdom of Shambhala, an enlightened society of fearlessness, dignity and compassion." Furthermore, Shambhala vision applies to people of any faith, not just people who believe in Buddhism... the Shambhala vision does not distinguish a Buddhist from a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Moslem, a Hindu. That's why we call it the Shambhala kingdom. A kingdom should have lots of spiritual disciplines in it.".....Trungpa, Chogyam ….

NYIDA: Vegetarian Diet of Shambala...Chogyam Trungpa...."NYIDA: The vegetarian diet of Shambhala. Nyi stands for yellow and green foods, primarily vegetables and fruits, and da for white foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese and tofu.. yogurt, milk, white butter, cheese, fresh vegetables, raw fish and white rice...... Avoid garlic, onions, fat and other meats......One of the main principles of the Manichaeans (2nd Century A.D.) was a vegetarian diet of mainly green and yellow foods (squash, etc).….Supposedly, light was concentrated in these foods.

The Scorpion Seal & Ancient Shambhala...In 2004, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche requested that a structure be built for the lineage of Sakyongs in Kalapa Valley to be used for the retreat described by his father the Druk Sakyong, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in the Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun root text. The text is considered one of the most profound of the Druk Sakyong’s Shambhala teachings, and is the basis for the Werma Sadhana….

The Nine Warrior Gods & Goddesses of Shambala...The Golden Dot Text describes Shiwa Okar and the Nine Lha who created existence out of non-existence...In the Bon tradition the legend is known as Shen Lha Okar and the Nine Brothers who created this world. ….

Ashe (Primordial Stroke).... In the Shambhala Teachings...Ashe symbolizes primordial confidence and compassion. The execution of the stroke of Ashe is the practice that expressed and nourishes those qualities…. 'Channeled' Texts & Shambhala Terma...Chogyam Trunpa said that when he 'received' the Shambhala texts he saw them in a language that he did not recognize....he wrote them down in Tibetan which was 'as close as I could get'....

Dzogchen, Tantra, Mahamudra, & Maha Ati

Maha Ati.....Jigme Lingpa.... (1730-1798)...The yogi of maha ati may look like an ordinary person but his awareness is completely absorbed in nowness.….

Maha Ati & Atiyoga Dzogchen...According to Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, Dzogchen (Rdzogs chen or Atiyoga) is the natural, primordial state or natural condition, and a body of teachings and meditation practices aimed at realizing that condition. Dzogchen, or "Great Perfection", is a central teaching of the Nyingma school also practiced by adherents of other Tibetan Buddhist sects. According to Dzogchen literature, Dzogchen is the highest and most definitive path to enlightenment.….

The Conflation of Mahāmudrā & Dzogchen...Conflation occurs when the identities of two concepts, sharing some characteristics of one another, seem to be a single identity — the differences appear to become lost....

Thodgal...The method Proper to Dzogchen is not the path of transformation as is the case with the Tantras but the path of self liberation. So the procedure in Tantra and in Thodgal is quite different.….


Dzogchen Explorations

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