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Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the self-perfected state that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fu ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 12th 2003 by Snow Lion (first published 1986)
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Erica Jones
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"If the master finds the stinking body of a dead rat and shows it to the disciple saying, 'Smell this stench!'--this might be the means he has chosen to transmit knowledge of the state of contemplation." (p. 129)

Contemplation is every moment! Awakening is everywhere!

Nice introduction to Dzogchen, the heretical method of direct knowledge for the Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. The translation is a little clunky with its terminology (translated from Tibetan to Italian, then from Italian to Englis
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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“In our daily lives we need to remember to always relax, because that is the key to everything for us. Let's take a concrete example: Suppose that while we are sitting in one room, the idea comes into our heads to go and get an object that is in another room. As soon as this thought arises, we recognize it, and are aware of it, but we don't try to block it, or to make it dissolve. Without becoming distracted, maintaining a relaxed presence, we get up and go into the other room, trying to remain ...more
Alex Delogu
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise book on the basics of Dzogchen. Dzogchen is a practice of calming the mind and returning to the relaxed primal state of being, calm awareness. It contrasts the way of Dzogchen from the approach of the Sutras (renunciation) and Tantra (transformation). Some of the details about doctrinal difference went over my head, but were clear nonetheless.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
ok, the mediocre review probably has more to do with me than the book. I find I experience a distance from the material when I read straight-on Dzogchen texts (as opposed to sutra-level work or Zen or Vipassana related texts). Either I'm trying too hard or I have other nuts to crack right now. To paraphrase Surya Das, perhaps I have more "schlepping" to do before I can "scoop" Namaste.
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
"In the Dzogchen teachings the term "knowledge" or "state of knowledge" denotes a state of consciousness which is like a mirror in that its nature cannot be stained by whatever images are reflected in it."
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good introduction into the self perfected state of Dzogchen explained by a true master of these teachings.
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If the whole spectacle that's in front of you is no longer wholly believable to you; here's your man.
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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (Tib. ཆོས་རྒྱལ་ནམ་མཁའི་ནོར་བུ Chos-rGyal Nam-mkha'i Nor-bu) was one of the foremost 20th century masters of Dzogchen and lead Buddhist retreats through out the world. As a child he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924) and later by the sixteenth Karmapa as a reincarnation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), th ...more
“All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching's value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There's no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization.” 11 likes
“All the philosophical theories that exist have been created by the mistaken dualistic minds of human beings. In the realm of philosophy, that which today is considered true, may tomorrow be proved to be false. No one can guarantee a philosophy's validity. Because of this, any intellectual way of seeing whatever is always partial and relative. The fact is that there is no truth to seek or to confirm logically; rather what one needs to do is to discover just how much the mind continually limits itself in a condition of dualism.

Dualism is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us. We have to abandon such concepts as 'enlightenment', 'the nature of the mind', and so on, until we are no longer satisfied by a merely intellectual knowledge, and until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence.”
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