Beyond the Ordinary Mind: Dzogchen, Rimé, and the Path of Perfect Wisdom
At first, refine your understanding until, through the guru’s instructions, you come to see the actual face of rigpa, nakedly and without intellectual speculation. Once you arrive at certainty, it is crucially important that you sustain rigpa’s essence by yourself. Mere recognition is insufficient; you must develop its strength. Moreover, although you might recognize rigpa at first, unless you settle in that recognition, it will soon be interrupted by thoughts, making it difficult to experience naked, unadulterated rigpa. So, at this stage, it is crucial that you settle, without suppressing or indulging thoughts, and rest repeatedly, for periods of increasing duration, in an experience of uncontrived, pure awareness. Once you have familiarized yourself with this again and again, the waves of thought will weaken and the face of rigpa you are sustaining will grow clearer. During meditation, remain in this experience for as long as you can. And in postmeditation, maintain the mindfulness of recalling the face of rigpa.
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