Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Poetry and the Practice of Discovering Space


Journal Éveillé is an informal exploration of awakened mind in the art of poetry....

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"The everyday practice of dzogchen is simply to develop a complete carefree acceptance, an openness to all situations without limit. We should realise openness as the playground of our emotions and relate to people without artificiality, manipulation or strategy.....When we engage in the practice of discovering space, we should develop the feeling of opening ourselves out completely to the entire universe. We should open ourselves with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind. This is the powerful and ordinary practice of dropping the mask of self-protection.....Vast unoriginated self-luminous wisdom space is the ground of being - the beginning and the end of confusion. The presence of awareness in the primordial state has no bias toward enlightenment or non-enlightenment. This ground of being which is known as pure or original mind is the source from which all phenomena arise. It is known as the great mother, as the womb of potentiality in which all things arise and dissolve in natural self-perfectedness and absolute spontaneity. All aspects of phenomena are completely clear and lucid. The whole universe is open and unobstructed - everything is mutually interpenetrating..... The nature of phenomena appears naturally and is naturally present in time-transcending awareness. Everything is naturally perfect just as it is. All phenomena appear in their uniqueness as part of the continually changing pattern. These patterns are vibrant with meaning and significance at every moment; yet there is no significance to attach to such meanings beyond the moment in which they present themselves...This is the dance of the five elements in which matter is a symbol of energy and energy a symbol of emptiness. We are a symbol of our own enlightenment. With no effort or practice whatsoever, liberation or enlightenment is already here.....The everyday practice of dzogchen is just everyday life itself. Since the undeveloped state does not exist, there is no need to behave in any special way or attempt to attain anything above and beyond what you actually are. There should be no feeling of striving to reach some "amazing goal" or "advanced state.".... We are intrinsically enlightened and lack nothing......All phenomena are completely new and fresh, absolutely unique and entirely free from all concepts of past, present and future. They are experienced in timelessness.....Our experience becomes the continuity of nowness. Why bother with attempting to establish an illusion of solid ground?"

Dzogchen Practice in Everyday Life
by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


"The relationship of mahasukha, great bliss, to vajra passion?.....It is the meeting point, ultimate communication. There is no chaos to the dance any more....Vajra passion doesn't particularly inspire you to fill the space at all, rather than use the space....in terms of limitless passion, I don't think you can do anything at all, because you become completely powerless....Vajra passion, open passion, transcendental passion...doesn't inspire you to fill the space immediately at all....It inspires you to create more space. So you don't decesssarily have to do anything immediately... instead you enjoy the space more.....Passion contains wonderful, skillful communication...we feel completely natural and open...it is like pure gold because you don't see only the surface, you see the whole way through...Applying passion with wisdom, you could see the whole process and not only be fascinated and overwhelmed by the exterior alone...."(Volume Two: The Path Is the Goal...page 621)
..."...the ground or canvas on which experience is painted....the canvas had never known colors yet, it's an open canvas. Even if you paint on the canvas, it remains white, fundamentally speaking. You could scrape off the paint."... Volume Six: Glimpses of Space ...(page 34)

"....Complete trust in confusion...seeing the confused quality as the truth of its own reality...that is the ground. You begin to develop space."...... Volume Six: Glimpses of Space ...(page 35)

The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa


"The Longde (klong-sde) or "Space Series" of Dzogchen teachings.....Longdé is translated as "Space Division" or "Space Series" of Dzogchen and emphasises the emptiness (Wylie: strong pa) or spaciousness (Wylie: klong) aspect of the Natural State...... the basic primordial state; the nature of mind-itself (which is contrasted with normal conscious mind). .....

Excerpted from Space, Awareness, and Energy: An Introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings of the Oral Tradition from Zhang-zhung, by John Myrdhin Reynolds, Snow Lion Publications


Dzogchen Poem from "Eye of the Storm"

The Revelation of All Things As One:
The Root of All Experience

As one, completely free of attributes,
the yogin is like the flight-path of a bird in the sky;
in the unstructured, unoriginated, matrix
how can there be any inflated projections?

The Identity of Samsara and Nirvana:
The Fallacy of Inner and Outer

Inner and outer are one, the inner the outer itself,
so there is no ulterior field to realize;
under the power of a mistaken dichotomy,
samadhi lacks ultimate sameness.

The Reality of Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva, vast exalted spaciousness,
in the all-good expanse of existential space,
is the utterly pristine, dynamic process of liberation,
never begun, never-ending and conceiving nothing.

Complete and Perfect Dzogchen

Totally complete, nothing excluded,
unchanging, Dzogchen is simply present;
boundless, like space,
nothing is dependant upon anything else.

Immediate and Spontaneous Enlightenment

In the field of ordinary understanding lies pure pleasure,
which itself is the pristine purity of mundane existence;
through the concentration of finite light focused therein
the entire ten directions of space are illuminated.

These are the first five verses of the Dorje Sempa Namkhache Lung in the order given in the Dochu and translated accordingly to the Dochu commentary.... The Namkha Che is the realization of Garab Dorje who recited it when a child. It was given to Pagor Vairochana by Shri Singha in Oddiyana and was one of the first five translations of the Semde tantras made at Samye in Tibet. It is considered to be the root text of the Semde Series.

Eye of the Storm: Bairotsana's Original Transmissions
by Keith Dowman


"The Buddha, wandering in the forest one day, was approached by a man who was struck by his countenance, and who asked, "What are you? Are you a saint, a yogi, a savior?" And the Buddha replied: "I am awake."....This simple original wakefulness is empty of all fixed qualities other than its own nature...This is "basic space'.....Longchenpa: "Everything is the adornment of basic space and nothing else."

Moonlight Leaning Against an Old Rail Fence: Approaching the Dharma as Poetry

(2015).....By Paul Weiss


"Lungta and the four dignities symbolize the play of the five elements, out of which all phenomena are formed. The lungta symbolizes space, the ground of all manifestation; in fact, in astrological texts lung ta is sometimes spelt ཀློང་རྟ་, longta, 'horse of space'. "



Northern New Mexico

September 2016


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