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The Dzogchen Primer by Marcia Binder Schmidt
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Mar 10, 12

bookshelves: dharma
Read from February 29 to March 10, 2012

beautiful and helpful support for vajrayana practice--a book to keep coming back to, i am sure i will refer to it again. it is a compilation...kind of a greatest hits in dzogchen covering the ground and motivation for dharma practice, preliminary practices in depth--what it means to renounce, take refuge, and take the bodhisattva vow. i have read some selections before in other contexts but it is nice to have kind of a pithy succinct selection that gets to the heart of it here. a couple by Chogyam Trungpa, Shantideva (Way of the Bodhisattva), dzongsar khyentse, lots from Patrul Rinpoche (Words of My Perfect Teacher) and tulku urgyen rinpoche (As It Is)

The best scholar is one who has realized the meaning of the absence of any true existence.
The best monk is one who has tamed her own mind.
The best qulaity is a great desire to benefit others.
The best instruction is always to watch the mind.
The best remedy is to know that nothing has any inherent reality.
The best way of life is one that does not fit with worldly ways.
The best accomplishment is a steady lessening of negative emotions.
The best sign of practice is a steady decrease of desires.
The best generosity is nonattachment.
The best discipline is to pacify the mind.
The best patience is to keep a humble position.
The best diligence is to give up activities.
The best concentration is not to alter the mind.
The best wisdom is not to take anything at all as truly existing.

"Of all teachings, the ultimate is emptiness of which compassion is the very essence."

(Patrul Rinpoche)


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