Dzogchen and Padmasambhava


Dzogchen & Padmasambhava

By Sogyal Rinpoche
(and many others),

and His Holiness The Dalai

The Dzogen Teachings and the Empowerment of Padmasambhava

and his Eight Manifestations For World Peace,

San Jose, California, October 8 & 9, 1989.

Rigpa Publications (now ZAM

©1989 by Rigpa Fellowship

P.O. Box 7866

Berkeley, CA 94707

Table of Contents:


Dzogchen View, Meditation & Action

The Heart of Dzogchen Practice

The Spirit of Dzogchen

The Path

The Lotus-Born Guru

The Guru Principle

Guru Yoga


The Nine Yanas

The Ancient Transmission of the Nyingmapas

Appendix: The Dzogchen View of Ngöndro



Dzogchen is both the final and ultimate teaching,
and the heart of the teachings of the Buddhas. Though generally associated
with the Nyingma or Ancient School of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Sambhava,
Dzogchen has been practised throughout the centuries by masters of all
different schools as their innermost practice. . .

Whereas Buddha is principally known for having taught
the Sutrayana teachings even though he did teach the Tantras in secret,
Padmasambhava came to this world, and to Tibet in particular, in order
to teach the Tantra. So whilst Buddha Shakyamuni represents the Buddha
principle, the most important element in the Sutrayana path, Padmasambhava
personifies the Guru principle, the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism, and is
therefore known as ‘sangye nyipa’, the second Buddha . . . .

The most powerful way to invoke the inspiration and view
of Dzogchen is through the practice of Guru Yoga: “merging with the mind
of the Guru”. That is why, throughout history, the great Dzogchen masters,
such as Jikme Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Patrul Rinpoche for example,
have treasured Guru Yoga as their innermost practice. Patrul Rinpoche would
even recite the words of the Guru Yoga involuntarily when he rolled over
in his sleep.

“On an ultimate level,” [said the late] Dilgo
Khyentse Rinpoche
, “it is through Padmasambhava that we can realize
the nature of mind and the meaning of Dzogchen or Mahamudra. For one cannot
realize them without the practice of Guru Yoga. Guru Yoga is the key.”
. . .

At the end of the empowerment, Padmasambhava dissolves
into light and becomes one with you, in the nature of your mind. Or you
can consider that rays of light emanate from Guru Rinpoche, and as they
touch you, you dissolve completely into light and become one with him.
At that moment, you recognize that the nature of your mind is the Absolute
Lama, inseparable from you. In that state of indivisibility, you quietly
rest, realizing this to be the nature of Dzogpachenpo.

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