Here for the first time in English is a complete dzogchen meditation manual from the ancient religious tradition of Tibet known as Bön. The Kunzang Nying-tig by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is a powerful and practical instructional text, which cuts to the heart of dzogchen meditation. Dzogchen is regarded by Bonpos as the highest and most esoteric religious practice.Written in the style of personal instruction from Shardza to his students, the manual is supplemented with a commentary by Lopon Tenzin Namdak who is himself an master of dzogchen. This commentary was carried out by Lopon in the course of teaching the text to Western students at his monastery in the Kathmandu Valley. The book has four parts: preliminary practices, the practice of trekcho, the practice of togel and bardo, and phowa practices. Also included are a discussion of the rainbow body, a short history of Bön, and biographies of the authors.
Tentative schedule:Fri May 15: 15:00-19:00Sat May 16: 10:00-12:30, 15:30-18:00Sun May 16: 10:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00Lama Sangye Mönlamwill teach the rushen chapter ofShardza Tashi Gyaltsen's dzogchen textbook KunsangNyingtig. The title of Shardza Rinpoche's text is usuallytranslated as "heartdrops of Dharmakaya". In plainEnglish it means something like "essential information on thedzogchen state". This dzogchen text is a concise abstract of dzogchenpractice from the very beginnings to the end of the path. Like most,or indeed all, dzogchen texts, it is not suitable for independent study, but one needs the explanations of an experienced Lama to put itsinstructions into practice successfully.
In Brno in May 2015, Lama Sangye will teach rushen practices."Rushen" literally means "separating" (samsara andnirvana). The purpose of the practice is to yank usapruptly out of our ingrained habits, out of our usual self-image,and out of our everyday world-view. In the resulting void, ifwe can leave it as it is (not refurnishing it with new concepts, a new self-image, etc.) the dzogchen state manifests - thiselusive, hard to describe state that combines emptiness, clarityand bliss in the absence of conceptual thinking, and which isthe base of the dzogchen path. While "rushen" is sometimes called``preliminary practices for Dzogchen'', it is not similar topreliminary practices in the sense of Ngöndro, but consists of special, forceful practices for introduction into the dzogchen state. 781b155fdc