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...

Beyond Grasping Resolution of Fixation Through Kindness

Yet the babes who are careless of that stay attached to their various ideas and opinions. What mania to believe in concrete ideas How sad to believe in an T that is actually absent How disheartening to make an argument out of nothing How we love those fervent believers, eternal migrants in santsara Their inner eye blinded by varieties of conventional and religious opinions, the babes fail to see the reality of nonaction that lacks any discriminatory activity. Fixated upon one of the eight lower...

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...