Offerings : Vajrayana

Concerning Retreat: An Interview with Tsoknyi Rinpoche

For some time, many long-time American students of Tsoknyi Rinpoche had wanted to ask him a set of questions regarding formal retreat. In December 2000, just after the birth of his second daughter, Lhabu, in Bangkok, the opportunity presented itself and Rinpoche kindly answered the following questions. This interview, with permission by Rinpoche, was lightly … READ MORE

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How to Structure a Daily Practice Session

Advice from Tsoknyi Rinpoche on how to structure your daily practice sessions, excerpted from the following retreats: Distinguishing Awareness from Subtly Deluded States of Mind, Bruton, England, UK, April 2008, and Dzogchen and the Nature of Mind, Garrison, NY, 2006. “I would like to discuss a little bit on how to put together the whole … READ MORE

Rigpa

Rigpa is not something that you can extend. It is something that you have to develop a habit of, you have to train in it. In fact, what you are training in is the removal of the obscurations in order to be able to see the rigpa which is always there. There are two methods … READ MORE

Sustain the view

Honestly, meditation is simply to sustain the view. It is nothing other than that. Artificially trying to extend the recognition spoils it. You need to know how to allow it to continue. This is why the Dzogchen instructions are incredibly special. The whole point of Dzogchen is to sustain the continuity. Fearless Simplicity, p. 134 … READ MORE

View, meditation, and conduct

Among these points—view, meditation, and conduct—conduct means the way of freeing, how to be free. The best situation is for a thought to be either freed upon arising, naturally freed, or freed beyond benefit and harm, so that the continuity of the view is not interrupted by the occurrence of thought. This is essential! But … READ MORE

Laziness

Generally speaking, perseverance is the remedy against laziness. When do we feel lazy? One situation is when we are supposed to be composed in meditation. There is an invitation to be lazy that we give in to, and then the state of composure, the meditation state, is lost or dissipated. As a matter of fact, … READ MORE

Conceptual meditation

If you notice that your meditative state shuts out other things to some extent, that you don’t really want to receive any message about anything else, that you’re closing off; if when something happens it feels like a disturbance, an irritation, that is a sign of conceptual meditation, of being occupied. Also, if you notice … READ MORE

Present mind is dwelling on the present moment

Do you understand what is meant by resting or dwelling? Like the flower lying atop this rupee note which is resting on the table. That is dualistic fixation. It’s like grasping hold of the money, dwelling on the money, and ignoring the direct experience of the table. The present awareness which experiences right now is … READ MORE

Holding on

Experiences of bliss, clarity and non-thought do come. There is nothing wrong with that; just don’t hold onto them as being something special. Actually, it’s good to have experiences like that, probably some of you already had them, some not. Some of you probably are still staying in what is called ‘dry meditation,’ meaning there’s … READ MORE

Discursive thoughts & bliss

We do not have control over the arising of discursive thoughts. Discursive thoughts do not arise according to a schedule; they can and do arise at any time whatsoever. Exactly in accordance with that, meditation needs to be something which can and does arise at any time whatsoever. In other words, given that the arising … READ MORE