Nonaction as the Actual Bind

Exhausting exercises exacting struggle and strain, with short-lived product, like a child's sand castle, and, moreover, all moral endeavor, all experience is caught from the beginning in the bind of absence. Tantric meditation practice involving a gradual progression from the creative phase to emptiness (the goal of the fulfilment phase) may prove to be valid on a delusive conventional level, but ultimately, through the apprehension of absence, all such endeavor in the media of body, speech and...

The Gradual Approaches Err in Ignoring Absence

A fool deceived by magical illusion is like an animal pursuing a mirage in his thirst for water expecting his delusive hopes to be realized, trusting in his dogma, he is trapped losing his way on the eight-fold gradation of intellect, he fails to see the real meaning. Like animals tormented by mistaking a mirage for water, babes are tormented by'their habit of grasping at illusion as concrete, and practitioners of the eight different gradual approaches are obsessed by attachment to the dogma...

Gnosis Supersedes Moral Conditioning

The actual essence, pristine gnosis, cannot be improved upon, so virtue is profitless, and it cannot be impaired, so vice is harmless in its absence of karma there is no ripening of pleasure or pain in its absence of judgement, no preference for samsara or nirvana in its absence of articulation, it has no dimension in its absence of past and future, rebirth is an empty notion who is there to transmigrate and how to wander what is karma and how can it mature Contemplate the reality that is like...

An Exposition of The Inner Meaning of Dzogchen Instruction

Homage to Glorious Samantabhadra, the All-Good To the matrix of primordial, spontaneous perfection, to the original lord, the glory of samsara and nirvana, and to the masters and magi, mystics and lamas, we bow down with a thousand shimmering petals of lotus-faith. I shall now elucidate The Treasury of Natural Perfection, the quintessential truth, the final, definitive teaching, distilled from the enigmatic heart-drop of direct experience, the apogee of attainment that is existential...

The Conduct of the Student

The student pleases the master with gifts, and having previously made his commitment he requests the teaching with deference granted the transmission, he accomplishes it appropriately, and finally surrenders to the natural state of being. Before asking for the heart-essence of instruction, the receptive student pleases the teacher in many ways and makes a commitment to fulfillment. Once accepted by the master, he or she gives up all concern for the present life, practices conscientiously and...

Adventitious Sensory Experience is Assimilated to Super Openness

Neither tight nor slack, we rest easy here gnosis is infinitely open, like a crystal-clear sky, and we linger gratefully in spaciousness without anticipation. Deeply satisfied, like an old man, his work done, physically relaxed and energetically unwound, we leave things just as they are. In that way the duality of knower and known is resolved and we abide naturally in the brilliant emptiness of gnosis, the openness of pure being. In pure mind, the existential ground of all and everything, no...

The Three Gnostic Dimensions as Super Spontaneity

In the unimpeded diffraction of a crystal's spectrum the five colored lights are separately distinguished, yet the potency of the one crystal prism is undiscriminating basic intrinsic gnosis diffracts like the crystal. Its emptiness is the dimension of pure being, its radiance, intrinsic luminosity, is the dimension of perfect enjoyment, and as the indeterminate medium of its emanation it is the magical dimension of gnosis these are the gnostic dimensions of spontaneity Since the crystal prism...

Old Man Basking in the Sun 19 Buddhahood Is Not Attained by Purposeful Action

If secret gnosis, the actual buddha-dynamic, eludes us, to attain release by any purposeful action is no option. 'Everything is impermanent and bound to perish' how can a tight mesh of body, speech and mind reach out to touch its indestructible core In the event of failure to intuit intrinsic gnosis, which is pure being, there is no chance that we can attain release in this lifetime by any deliberate physical, verbal or mental act. Religious practice becomes a tense constraining mesh...

Old Man Basking in the Sun 89 Final Dissolution as Resolution

Like clouds evaporating into the sky from which they emerged, like colored light retracting into a crystal prism, the archetypal imagery of samsara and nirvana that arises in the ground of spontaneity recoils into the alpha-purity of the essential ground. This convergence in the spaciousness of spontaneity, this is the ultimate super-resolution of all experience, natural dissolution of all structure into the unthought matrix. Confirmed in the view that the delusive samsaric appearances that...

Bound in Freedom from Goaloriented Endeavor

Now, the ati-yogin, the yogin of the essence, forsakes all provisional techniques designed for straight cause and effect babes on the lesser, laddered, path, and binds the gnostic dynamic that supersedes all clever technique to the yoke of the nonactive sky. While we are young we play games when we grow old, games are tiresome. Similarly, while we are psychologically immature, the eight lower approaches seem to provide valid experience (,dharma), but when we grow up, the only reality (dharma)...

Nonaction is Integral to the Dynamic of Pure Being

For the yogin in whom the flow of good and bad ceases there is no duality of union with and separation from reality, and that hyper-yogin, certain in the great mystery, effortlessly reaches the natural state of original perfection and abides forever in the royal citadel of pure being. Free of moral consciousness, the yogin or yogini unstirring from the brilliant emptiness of gnosis, which is clear as the sky, 'holds the royal citadel of pure being', and there he remains constantly in the...

An Elaboration of Resolution in the Essence of Spontaneity

Alpha-purity, in essence, is nowhere attainable, its sky-like nature primordially pure spontaneity, in essence, can be contrived by no one, its emanation never crystalizing, it can appear as anything the source of all samsara and nirvana, it is without past or future, beginning or end. The alpha-pure face of gnosis, the nature of mind, belies the polarity of existence and nonexistence it is inexpressible. Simplicity, the primordial purity of reality, the immaculate face of the existential...

List of Tibetan Headings in the Autocommentary

NB indices refer to page numbers in the NLD De-nyid-kyi gnas gsal-bar bya-ba Prologue 1. Phyag-'tshal-ba (1-2) Vajra-Homage 2. Brtsam-par dam bca'-ba (3-4) The Promise to Compose Bstan-bcos-kyi(s) lus nyid rgya-cher bshad-pa The Concise exposition 3. Rdo-rje'i chings bzhis lus mdor bstan-pa (5-6) The Short Exposition of the Four Ineluctable Vajra-Binds Yan-lag rgyas-par shad-pa The Extensive Exposition 1.1. Med-pa gnad bkrol-ba The Disclosure of Absence 4. Chos thams-cad dngos-po dang mtshan-ma...

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npa s Trcasiir) oj Xatural Perihelion Longchen Rabjampa's Treasury of Natural Perfection Translation and Commentary Keith Dowman Distributed by Vajra Book Shop Jyatha, Thamel, Post Box 21779, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel Fax 977-1-4220562 e-mail bidur_la mos.com.np www.vajrabooks.com.np 2006 by Keith Dowman. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval...

Candidates Generally To Be Rejected

The elixir of this most profound approach should be offered only to the most favored and brightest, not to adherents of the lower approaches, to those caught up in their moral conditioning or to unfortunate narrow-minded people. Even if untalented people with little karmic affinity were taught, they would not understand this profound teaching. Narrow-minded people unable to digest it would decline it. Adherents of the progressive approaches, attached to their own philosophical systems, would...

All Things Are the Perfect Spontaneity of Pure Mind

Even while the gestalt imagery arises in that ground whether as the masters' pure three dimensional display, or as impure experience of samsaric worlds and life-forms as empty essence, clarity and unimaginable diversity, it is the play of pure being, enjoyment and magical being all display is the gestalt imagery of the potency of the three dimensions which is nothing but spontaneous envisionment. With a clear understanding of these fine distinctions, all experience of samsara and nirvana is...

Resolution in Ineffable Gnosis

And if pure mind is scrutinized, it is nothing at all it never came into being, has no location, and has no variation in space or time, it is ineffable, even beyond symbolic indication and through resolution in the matrix of the gnostic dynamic, which supersedes the intellect no-mind nothing can be indicated as 'this' or 'that', and language cannot embrace it. No matter what dualistic perception or style of samsara or nirvana, whatever environment or life-form, arises in self-sprung gnostic...

Resolution in Spontaneity

Resolution is spontaneously accomplished within nonspatial spontaneity, lacking inside or outside, all experience is indisputable, motionless, auto-envisionment an all-embracing matrix, without top or bottom, it is utterly ambiguous, nowhere restricted, beyond indication, inconceivable and ineffable. Since experience is alpha-pure in essence, existence, nonexistence, eternity and annihilation Alpha-purity, in essence, is nowhere attainable, its sky-like nature primordially pure spontaneity, in...

Resolution of All Experience in Selfsprung Awareness

There is only one resolution self-sprung awareness itself, which is spaciousness without beginning or end everything is complete, all structure dissolved, all experience abiding in the heart of reality. So experience of inner and outer, mind and its field, nirvana and samsara, free of constructs differentiating the gross and the subtle, is resolved in the sky-like, utterly empty field of reality. And if pure mind is scrutinized, it is nothing at all it never came into being, has no location,...

Spontaneity 92 The Epitome of Spontaneity

Each and every experience resolved in the spontaneity of gnosis, spontaneity resolved in the natural state of original hyper-purity, and alpha-purity resolved in the inconceivable and ineffable that is the ultimate resolution of spontaneous perfection. Since every experience has its genesis in gnosis, every experience is finally resolved in gnostic spontaneity Spontaneity is resolved in the natural disposition of pure being, the internal spaciousness of alpha-purity, and alpha-purity, free of...

The Bind of Gnosis as the Source

In gnosis, inclusive nonspatial sameness, experience of samsara and nirvana never concretizes in the very moment no mind nor event can he specified everything is bound by wide open reality. Since all actual and potential experience of samsara and nirvana arises in gnosis, appears in gnosis and is released in gnosis, it is bound by gnosis. Experience and gnosis are in turn bound by the openness that is the indeterminacy of things in themselves, the reality that cannot be defined or identified,...

Spontaneity is the Universal Treasury

The matrix of spontaneity is the source of all and everything insofar as all external and internal, animate and inanimate forms occur as unpatterned buddha-body, a circle of ornamentation, insofar as all frequencies and volumes and qualities of sound occur as unpatterned buddha-speech, a circle of ornamentation, insofar as all mind and awareness, realized or unrealized, occur as unpatterned buddha-mind, a circle of ornamentation, and insofar as buddha-quality and ideal conduct are also...

The Seat of Gnosis is the Super Matrix

Actual spaciousness is the super-matrix of intrinsic gnosis wherein lies the sole dynamic of all buddha multiplicity unimaged, without fragmenting structure, it is the unshakeable palace of total presence it is nothing but self-sprung awareness. The reality-field of spaciousness, super-emptiness, the alpha-pure face of gnosis is simple, unstructured, pure being, and pure and total presence is spoken of as the sacred palace of self-sprung awareness. My nature unstructured and undivided, the...

The Simile of the Wishfulfilling

Forever present, is created by no one it is the pure mind that like a wish-fulfilling gem is the origin of all our samsara and nirvana. Just as a precious stone has an indefinable timelessly perfect quality within it, so the pure mind of gnosis has an indeterminate inherent quality or potency that may give rise to anything whatsoever, and this quality is 'spontaneity', which is the existential ground, the timeless spaciousness of all experience. As nonspatial spontaneity, without inside or...

The Translation

The difficulties of translation of the technical Dzogchen terminology are immediately apparent. To avoid strings of turgid jargon that have tended to become the hallmark of such works we have attempted to make the translation interpretive and literary without losing any grammatical force or technical meaning. In this regard although we have appropriated a few technical terms, we have resisted the temptation to employ a vocabulary derived from quantum physics where scientific theory appears to...

Old Man Basking in the Sun 14 The Realization of Absence is Liberating

During the empty enchantment of dream while the wise, disillusioned, are undeceived those unaware of the truth of absence, clinging to their identity, wander in circles, while the wise yogin, fully present, convinced of the absence of that very moment, is liberated in the non-contingent reality-matrix. Enchanted by the play of illusion, children who do not know their own minds are bewitched. They take the show to be real and become attached to it, enwrapped in their imagination. Old people, on...

The Integration of Those Three Functions

When those three key functions are assimilated to a single essence, realization and non-realization are always the same, mind and its field are one in pure being, glitches and veils are one in the dynamic of sameness, and without intermission, we enter upon the natural state, without tightness or looseness, we discover the definitive essence, without a break, we abide in the reality-dynamic, and willy-nilly there's no transition or change. Within the nondual sameness of mind and its objective...

The Tibetan Text and Quotations

The Tibetan title of the root text is Gnas lugs rin po che'i mdzod, given in Sanskrit as the Tathdtva-ratna-kosha-nama, which may be rendered into English as The Precious Treasury of Natural Perfection. This is arguably the most important of Longchenpa's seminal works grouped together as the Mdzod bdun (The Seven Treasuries). This work was composed in the middle of the 14th century in Central Tibet at a hermitage called Gangs ri thod dkar (above Snye phu shugs gseb), still a place of...

Endnotes

See Appendix I for abbreviations employed in the notes. 1. See Tulku Thondup (1984), p. 50 Dudjom Rimpoche (1991), p. 494 and Khenpo Tenzin Namdak, Dark Retreat transcript, trans. John Reynolds. 2. Natural Gnosis, ch. 78 (Rdzogs chen rang skad smra ba'i le'u, The Chapter on the Self-referential Language of the Great Perfection), pp. 788-9. NLD, pp. 25-6. The 15th line of the tantra (rdzogs chen rig pa mthong dang ma mthong med) here reads mtho dang ma mtho (neither high nor low neither...

Translators Introduction

Dzogchen was a secret tradition in Tibet. It remained so during the lifetime of the grandfather lamas who were the bearers of the tradition and who became refugees in India and Nepal. Today, recognized increasingly as the final analysis and apotheosis of Tibetan Buddhism, translations of Dzogchen texts are freely available in the market place and tulku-lamas teach atiyoga to allcomers throughout the world. Its popularity may be attributed to a single basic tenet which is contained in the notion...

Basic Assumptions

Although the origins of Dzogchen are lost in a hoary past, it appears to have come to light in the cultural nexus of the valleys of the Hindu Kush in present Pakistan and the contiguous plateau of Western Tibet. This was in the seventh and eighth centuries when the culture of Zhangzhung dominated the area. Here shamanism, Hinduism and Buddhism were mixed, but we assume that the Indie religious ethos permeated the culture. Simplistically stated, the people of this culture believed that living...

Intrinsic Clarity As Super Openness

Gnosis, the essential reality of total presence, with a 360 degree perspective, free of quantitative bias, unsubstantiated by language or logic, unsigned, neither eternal nor temporal, subject to neither increase nor decrease, without directional movement or pulsation, immaculate in the immensity of immanent hyper-sameness, it is seamless openness unconfined by space and time. Gnosis as the nature of mind lacks any substance or attribute, so it has neither spatial nor temporal extension. Lying...

The Natural Spontaneity of Concentrated Absorption

Pure pleasure left alone in vajra-spaciousness gives uncultivated, spontaneous, hyper-concentration with the yogin settled in uncontrived sameness, it shines forth easily, a constant, like a river's strong current. Gnosis naturally contains concentrated absorption, which is like a great river's flow, and when the yogin or yogini rests in the complete uncontrived satisfaction of the natural state, he or she knows it intimately. I reveal nondual, self-sprung, pure pleasure, free from the extremes...

The Origins of the Text and its Structure

According to the Buddhist Dzogchen tradition, the root guru, adiguru, of Dzogchen, Garab Dorje, received the 1,084,000 verses of Dzogchen scriptural poetry from the visionary being Vajrasattva whose embodiment he was. Everything relevant to the Dzogchen view was exhaustively composed in those verses that Garab Dorje was heir to and nothing can be added to that the multitude of commentators' work simply represents the old truths in contemporary language and in an order appropriate to the needs...