Everyday DZOGCHEN ,part 2 from Dilgo Khyentse


This is the dance of the 5 elements in which matter is a symbol of energy and energy a symbol of emptiness. We are symbol of our own enlightenment. With no effort or practice whatsoever, liberation or enlightenment is already there. The everyday practice of DZOGCHEN is just everyday life itself. Since the undeveloped state doesn’t exist, there is no need to behave in any special way or attempt to attain anything above and beyond what you actually are. There should be no feeling of striving to reach some amazing goal or advanced state. To strive for such a state is a neurosis which only conditions us and serves to obstruct the flow of the Mind. We should also avoid thinking of ourselves as worthless persons-we are naturally free and unconditioned. We are intrinsically enlightened and lack nothing.

When engaging in meditation practice, we should feel it to be as natural as eating, breathing and defecating. It should not become a specialized or formal event, bloated with seriousness and solemnity. We should realize that meditation transcends effort, practice, aims, goals and the duality of liberation and non liberation. Meditation is always ideal: there is no need to correct anything. Since what arises is simply the play of the mind as such, there is no unsatisfactory meditation and no need to judge thoughts as good or bad.
Therefore we should simply sit. Simply stay in your own place, in your own condition just as it is. Forgetting self conscious feelings we do not have to think “I am meditating”. Our practice should be without effort, strain or attempt to control or force and without trying to become peaceful. If we find we are disturbing ourselves in any of these ways, we simply rest and relax for a while and then resume practice. If we have interesting experiences either during or after meditation, we should avoid making anything special of them, to spend time thinking about experiences is simply a distraction . These experiences are simply signs of practice and should be regarded as transients events. We should not attempt to re-experience them because to do so only serves to distort the natural spontaneity of mind.

Al phenomena are completely new and fresh, absolutely so, absolutely unique and free from all concepts of past, present and future, they are experienced in timelessness.
The continuous stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which arise at every moment is the manifestation of clarity. We should learn to see everyday life as a mandala, the luminous fringes of experience which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day to day objects of our life experience moving in the play of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being. Therefore we are natural and spontaneous, accepting and learning from everything, which enables us to see the ironic and amusing side of events that usually irritate us.

In meditation we can see through the illusion of past, present and future, our experience becomes the continuity of newness. The past is only an unreliable memory held in the present. The future is only a projection of our present conceptions. The present itself vanishes as soon as we try to grasp it. So why bother attempting to establish an illusion of solid ground. Each moment of meditation is completely unique and full of potentiality.
Simply plunge directly in the moment now, with our whole being, free from hesitation, boredom or excitement, is enlightenment.

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