Mind is the source of all experience, patterned or free.
You wake up completely when you rest and do nothing at all.
Instead, you are dogmatic and single-minded in your belief
In the teachings of ignorance, interdependence, and samsara.
How pleased you must be, you self-reliant ones, with your artificial awakening!
- Jigme Lingpa1)Verse 1.5 from Jigme Lingpa’s Revelations of Ever-present Good , quoted from Ken McLeods „A Trackless Path“
Dzogchen is a path inviting practitioners to recognize and rest in their inherent Buddha-nature. It emphasizes the fruitional view – the understanding that enlightenment is not a far-off goal to be achieved, but rather an intrinsic aspect of our being waiting to be unveiled. ‚Perfection‘ in Dzogchen isn’t about an absence of flaws or defects. Instead, it conveys the concept of inherent completeness, much like a seed already embodying the full potential of a mighty tree. The task at hand is not to strive for some distant objective but to rest in our true nature, just as it is.
In this exploration, we’ll journey through a diverse landscape of psychological and philosophical perspectives, each of them expressing a fruitional view, using them as prisms through which to view Dzogchen teachings. This venture is not an attempt to merge these disparate fields but rather to employ these lenses to deepen our understanding and enrich our practice of Dzogchen.
The first part of this journey will take us through various approaches including the Law of Assumption, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Focusing, the concept of self-efficacy. We’ll explore how each of these viewpoints, although from different fields, can resonate with and enhance our Dzogchen practice.
In the second part, we’ll revisit emptiness teachings and how they allow us to work with different „ways of looking“. We will present Rob Burbea’s notion of „create/discover“ as a paradigm which mirrors the move of the psychological approaches outline in part one.
The third part tries to resolve a paradox: The fruitional view points to the fact that we are already perfect, but we are not fully awakened yet. The focus here is on recognizing that working with the “prisms” which we use to view reality are part of our journey but should not become rigid frames limiting our direct experience.
By acknowledging where we are on our practice path, wholeheartedly embracing it, and using these lenses as ways of looking, rather than hard truths, we hope to bring to light the underlying unity within this diversity and further our journey on the Dzogchen path.
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|1.||↑||Verse 1.5 from Jigme Lingpa’s Revelations of Ever-present Good , quoted from Ken McLeods „A Trackless Path“|