Thursday, September 15, 2016

Longchenpa (1308-1364)....Natural Perfection and Radical Dzogchen


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Longchenpa (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་པ་, Wyl. klong chen pa), also known as Longchen Rabjam (Tib. ཀློང་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས་, klong chen rab 'byams), ‘Infinite, Vast Expanse of Space’, or Drimé Özer (1308-1364), was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage. He systematized the Nyingma teachings in his ‘Seven Treasures’ and wrote extensively on Dzogchen. He transmitted the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings and practice to Jikmé Lingpa, and it has since become one of the most widely practised of traditions.

The Natural Freedom of the Nature of Mind (Tib. སེམས་ཉིད་རང་གྲོལ་, Semnyi Rangdrol; Wyl. sems nyid rang grol) - part of Longchenpa's Trilogy of Natural Freedom. It has three chapters, related to the Ground, Path and Fruition, and it contains the oft-quoted lines:

Since everything is but an illusion,
Perfect in being what it is,
Having nothing to do with good or bad,
Acceptance or rejection,
One might as well burst out laughing!

ཐམས་ཅད་མཉམ་རྫོགས་སྒྱུ་མའི་རང་བཞིན་ལ། །
བཟང་ངན་བླང་དོར་མེད་པས་དགོད་རེ་བྲོ། །

thams cad mnyam rdzogs sgyu ma'i rang bzhin la//
bzang ngan blang dor med pas dgod re bro//

Translation: Longchen Rabjam, The Practice of Dzogchen, translated by Tulku Thondup, Snow Lion, 2002


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