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Shambhala Sun | July 2014

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SPECIAL SECTION: YOUR GUIDE TO BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Dzogchen: The Sky of Wisdom

Let the display of thoughts, emotions, and perceptions unfold naturally and without clinging, says TSOKNYI RINPOCHE, like clouds passing through an open sky.

Our real mother is the spaciousness of wisdom, rigpa. So when phenomena arise—perceptions, thoughts, emotions of different kinds—gently introduce them to her. If a positive or negative emotion comes up, let them rest with their mother.

Wisdom doesn’t tell positive feelings such as loving-kindness and compassion, “Please come in, you are welcome here.” Nor does it say to stupidity, aggression, and clinging, “Get out of here!” Rigpa is a spacious mother to all her children; they know they are always welcome home just as they are.

As practitioners of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, we let experiences unfold naturally, like clouds passing through an open sky. Liberation does not mean suppression. It means letting everything unfold naturally.



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