"Dhamma has been taught by me without making a distinction between esoteric and exoteric.
For the Tathagata has not the closed fist of a teacher in respect of mental states."
- Gautama the Buddha
Digha-Nikaya, II. 100
in Edward Conze
Buddhist Texts through the Ages
NY: Harper Torchbooks, 1964, p. 35
The liberation known in Dzogchen, is the liberation from the mind that overpowers and colors-over our natural state of rigpa. The rigpa always remains unchanged but the experiential content of suffering continues.
Rigpa in its fully actualized “natural state”, is when it’s secondary consciousness or mind dissolves and becomes “no mind” as in Zen parlance.
The attentive, conscious quality of the secondary consciousness then becomes the alert “presence” of rigpa. This is rigpa’s own intrinsic mindfulness that requires no intention to be mindful. Then one just continues in this naturally mindful awareness, rigpa.
As a result of continuing as such, wisdom insights will spontaneously arise.
The way to bring this “no mind” state about, is to let the active mind become aware of its own quality of being aware. If I ask you “Are you aware?” And you answer “yes”, how did you come to your answer? Your conscious mind simply noticed it’s own innate and intrinsic quality of being aware. That aware quality is uncreated, unchanging and full of infinite wisdoms.
It’s only that “innate and intrinsic quality of being aware” that is being pointed out in Dzogchen. That’s the treasure house that contains all the riches. When attention falls uniquely upon its own quality of “being aware”, the secondary consciousness or mind will dissolve.
There isn’t much of a practice here being offered. It’s the practice, executed instantly, whenever anybody asks you
“Are you aware?”.
What was contacted in that moment of hearing and contemplating the question that allowed you honestly to answer “yes” ? Try it now: “Are you aware?”
It’s not about the answer, but it’s about “what was being contacted” in order for an honest answer to be given. Can it be grasped or conceived? How would you describe “it”?
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
-Gautama the Buddha
Silence of the mind which is the result of a deep understanding, that meditation is a natural, spontaneous meditation which just happens.
When you truly realize that this life and living is an absurdity, then you join in the dance.
You take part in this absurdity.
The body-mind organism continues to live in the world,
but without any sense of personal doership.
-A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
"Pain and suffering are only the body and mind screaming for attention.
To go beyond the body you must be healthy; to go beyond the mind, you must have your mind in perfect order.
You cannot leave a mess behind and go beyond.
The mess will bog you up.
'Pick up your rubbish' seems the universal law.
And a just law, too."
-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"The noise of the lover is only up to the time
when he has not seen his Beloved.
Once he sees the Beloved, he becomes calm and quiet,
just as the rivers are boisterous before they join the ocean,
but when they do so, there are becalmed forever."
-Moinuddin Chishti (1141 - 1230)
But however much we appreciate aesthetic feelings or cultivate artistic talents,
we must also recognize that we cannot stop with these activities.
It is not enough to paint pictures or play music.
We must still rise to our godlikeness.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture >
Chapter 1: Appreciation > # 110 Paul Brunton