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The Nature of Dzogchen Vision

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The first thing is Dzogchen vision which sees what really is -- the nature of mind itself. The first thing is Dzogchen vision which sees what really is -- the nature of mind itself. This is the natural state of This is the natural state of being, where the mind makes no distinctions and judgments. being, where the mind makes no distinctions and judgments. This state of awareness is called rigpa. This state of awareness is called rigpa. Rigpa is naked awareness of the wholistic here and Rigpa is naked awareness of the wholistic here and now. now.

We cannot actually express this awareness and there is nothing to We cannot actually express this awareness and there is nothing to compare it to in order to compare it to in order to describe it. describe it. It is certainly not It is certainly not the ordinary state of emotional confusion and the ordinary state of emotional confusion and conflicting thoughts, conflicting thoughts, but neither is it nirvanic cessation. but neither is it nirvanic cessation.

This state cannot be produced or developed, and on This state cannot be produced or developed, and on the other hand it cannot be the other hand it cannot be stopped or stopped or extinguished. extinguished. We can never be free of it and nor can we fall into error in it. We can never be free of it and nor can we fall into error in it. It is impossible to say that we actually exist at that moment but we cannot say that we do It is impossible to say that we actually exist at that moment but we cannot say that we do not exist. not exist. This experience is neither of infinity, nor of This experience is neither of infinity, nor of anything specific. anything specific.

So, to be So, to be brief, because the nature of mind, brief, because the nature of mind, the Great Perfection, rigpa, the Great Perfection, rigpa, cannot be established as any specific thing, state, or action, cannot be established as any specific thing, state, or action, it has the original face it has the original face of emptiness which makes it pure from of emptiness which makes it pure from the beginning, the beginning, all pervasive and all pervasive and all-penetratin all-penetratingg..

Because the unobstructed lustre of Emptiness and Because the unobstructed lustre of Emptiness and the entire gamut of the entire gamut of experienc experiencee whether confused or transcendant are like the sun and its whether confused or transcendant are like the sun and its rays, rays, Emptiness is experienced positively as everything and Emptiness is experienced positively as everything and anything whatsoever anything whatsoever and it has the and it has the intrinsic nature of non-dual awareness of the intrinsic nature of non-dual awareness of the spontaneously arisen universe spontaneously arisen universe of pure quality. of pure quality.

For this reason the recognition of For this reason the recognition of the presence of what is, the presence of what is, as the primordial natural state of being, as the primordial natural state of being, the Real Self of the the Real Self of the Three Buddha Bodies, Three Buddha Bodies, intrinsic awareness as the union of light intrinsic awareness as the union of light and emptiness, and emptiness, is called the vision of is called the vision of the inconceivable Great Perfection.





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