RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Imagine you are sitting in front of a glass door that leads out into your
garden, looking through it, gazing out into space. It seems as though there
is nothing between you and the sky, because you cannot see the surface of
the glass. You would bang your nose if you got up and tried to walk through,
thinking it wasn�t there. But if you touch it you will see at once that
there is something there that holds your fingerprints, something that comes
between you and the space outside.
In the same manner, the ground of the ordinary mind prevents us from
breaking through to the skylike nature of our mind, even if we can still
have glimpses of it. We have to break out of the ground of the ordinary mind
altogether, to discover and let in the fresh air of Rigpa.
When you practice, say you find yourself in a deep state of stillness; often
it does not last very long as a thought or a movement always arises, like a
wave in the ocean. Don�t reject the movement or particularly embrace the
stillness, but continue the flow of your pure presence. The pervasive,
peaceful state of your meditation is the Rigpa itself, and all risings are
none other than this Rigpa�s self-radiance. This is the heart and the basis
of Dzogchen practice.
One way to imagine this is as if you were riding on the sun�s rays back to
the sun: You trace the risings back, at once, to their very root, the ground
of Rigpa. As you embody the steadfast stability of the View, you are no
longer deceived and distracted by whatever rises, and so cannot fall prey to
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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.