RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- If meditation in Dzogchen is simply to continue the flow of Rigpa after the
introduction by the master, how do we know when it is Rigpa and when it is
not? I asked Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche this question, and he replied with his
characteristic simplicity: �If you are in an unaltered state, it is Rigpa.�
If we are not contriving or manipulating the mind in any way, but simply
resting in an unaltered state of pure and pristine awareness, thatis Rigpa.
If there is any contriving on our part or any kind of manipulating or
grasping, it is not. Rigpa is a state in which there is no longer any doubt;
there is not really a mind to doubt: you see directly. If you are in this
state, a complete, natural certainty and confidence surge up with the Rigpa
itself, and that is how you know.
Renunciation has both sadness and joy in it: sadness because you realize the
futility of your old ways, and joy because of the greater vision that begins
to unfold when you are able to let go of them. This is no ordinary joy. It
is a joy that gives birth to a new and profound strength, a confidence, an
abiding inspiration that comes from the realization that you are not
condemned to your habits, that you can indeed emerge from them, that youz
can change, and grow more and more free.
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If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.