In the Beginning

In the beginning
There was neither existence nor non-existence then.
All this world was unmanifest energy.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing the sign of night nor of the day.
Oneness breathed, without breath, by its own impulse and power.
Other than that there was nothing beyond.
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning,
With no distinguishing sign.
All this was pure potentiality.
And then something stirred in the deep.
An impulse, a desire, a thought,
“Let us explore all the possibilities of our potential. Let’s play.”
And from that infinite stillness arose a thunderous sound.
And light came to be.
And in an instant all of existence came to be.
And we gazed at the splendour, beauty and magnificence of it all.
We wanted to explore and play.
To become lost in the effulgence of our creative display.
Then to find our way back home to truth.
And so it was that the great forgetting began.
We dove into the ovean of ignorance.
Believing ourselves to be small, separate from each other and alone.
We tasted suffering for the first time
And became lost in a sea of selfish despair.
But don’t worry, this isn’t where our story ends.
Remember this is just the beginning.
For deep within us sleeps the wisdom of the truth of who we truly are.
And if we become silent for a moment we may hear a soft voice whispering,

“Awaken my love awaken.
You’ve forgotten who you truly are.
Don’t you remember that this is a game?

All this is consciousness.
All this is illuminating suchness.
All that you see, hear, smell, touch and taste is nothing but suchness.
All reality is shimmering, radiant, joyful suchness.
Words cannot truly describe it.

But know that all of this is just the free play of mind.

The true essence of who you are my beloved is suchness.
A magnitude of magnificence that is the basis and becoming of all.

That is your true self.
Your natural essence.
Your first face.

You can feel it..
Deep within – you can feel it.

The truth of you
Is timeless, vast and beyond words.

When you gaze upon all of existence you are really looking upon yourself.

This blissful, radiant compassionate suchness is the reality of everything and is the truth of who you are.

But you’ve forgotten my beloved.
You’ve been lost in the game we created for ourselves.

And in this forgetting you have suffered.
You have wandered.
And you have believed that you were alone and separate from it all.

But all of it is you.

Remember my dear remember.
All that you are is all that is.
And all that is, is pure illuminating suchness.
And suchness is you.



What is the Way?

Joshu asked Nansen, “What is the Way?”
“Ordinary mind is the Way,” Nansen replied.
“Shall I try to seek after it?” Joshu asked.
“If you try for it, you will become separated from it,” responded Nansen.
“How can I know the Way unless I try for it?” persisted Joshu.
Nansen said, “The Way is not a matter of knowing or not knowing. Knowing is delusion; not knowing is confusion. When you have really reached the true Way beyond doubt, you will find it as vast and boundless as space. How can it be talked about on the level of right and wrong?”
With those words, Joshu came to a sudden realization.


Suchness Speaks

I am the nature of all phenomena.
I am the root of existence.
This pervasiveness is your true state.
I am the sublime source of all manifestation.
My own being is the mind of perfect purity.
Pure is taught to be my nature.
The nature of what is called awareness is taught as being ceaseless, all encompassing, and all creating.
Everything is made and generated from my mind of perfect purity.
I am the core of all the Buddhas of the three times.
I am the father and the mother to all sentient beings of the three-fold worlds Nirmanakaya, Samboghakaya, and Dharmakaya.
I am the cause for all that exists, both animate and inanimate.
Not one thing is that does not emanate from me.
I am known through direct experience where there is no attempt to reify this pure experience of awareness.
My pristine awareness permeates the universe and is manifested as the universe and is known through beauty.
I gaze into everything and into everyone as my own being.
My pristine awareness presents itself in every aspect of existence,
and I am not a punishing ruler;
my pristine awareness cannot be anthropomorphized.
The world of phenomena is nothing else than the manifested forms of my awakened awareness.
I am the all-creating one.
I am the awareness of perfect purity.
The multiplicity of all emanates from my awareness.
The multiplicity of things appears in individuality.
I rejoice in the way sentient beings appear to us as form, appearance, and color.
This rejoicing reveals the innate, compassionate nature of my pristine awareness.
All that appears is my reality.
These words are the expression of the seminal heart essence in its purest form.
Understanding the message of the teachings means discovering one’s own true condition.
Excerpt from The Dzogchen text the All Creating Sovereign


Patrul Rinpoche's Pointing Out Instructions

Nyoshul Lungtok, who later became one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of recent times, followed his teacher Patrul Rinpoche for about eighteen years.
During all that time, they were almost inseparable. So great was the love and devotion between them that Patrul Rinpoche, used to call him ‘a-mi’, an affectionate way of saying ‘my son’.
Nyoshul Lungtok studied and practiced extremely diligently, and accumulated a wealth of purification, merit, and practice; he was ready to recognize the Rigpa, but had not yet had the final introduction.
Then, one famous evening, Patrul Rinpoche gave him the introduction. It happened when they were staying together in one of the hermitages high up in the mountains above Dzogchen Monastery.
It was a very beautiful night. The dark blue sky was clear and the stars shone brilliantly.
The sound of their solitude was heightened by the distant barking of a dog from the monastery below.
Patrul Rinpoche was lying stretched out on the ground, doing a special Dzogchen practice called “Sky Gazing”.
He called Nyoshul Lungtok over to him, saying:
“Did you say you do not know the essence of the mind?”
Nyoshul Lungtok guessed from his tone that this was a special moment and nodded expectantly.
“There’s nothing to it really,” Patrul Rinpoche said casually, and added, “My son, come and lie down over here: be like your old father.” Nyoshul Lungtok stretched out by his side.
Then Patrul Rinpoche asked him, “Do you see the stars up there in the sky?”
“Do you hear the dogs barking in monastery down below?”
“Do you hear what I’m saying to you?”
“Well, the nature of Dzogchen is this: simply this.”
Nyoshul Lungtok tells us what happened then: “At that instant, I arrived at a certainty of realization from within. I had been liberated from the fetters of ‘it is’ and ‘it is not.’
I had realized the primordial wisdom, the naked union of emptiness and intrinsic awareness.
I was introduced to this realization by his blessing, as the great Indian master Saraha said: He in whose heart the words of the master have entered, Sees the truth like a treasure in his own palm.”
Source: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche