”What we really need is knowledge, an understanding of the essence of Dharma, of the teaching of Buddha. Dharma indicates the dimension of everything that exists, and the teaching of the Buddha is called dharma because it is a key to discovering the nature of all phenomena through an understanding of our true condition. This is really the principle point, and when we discover our true nature it is like discovering everything.”—Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
“Naturally freed in and of themselves,
afflictive emotions are themselves naturally free just as they are.
Like iron cutting iron or stone breaking stone,
they are their own greatest antidote.”—The Union of Sun and Moon Tantra
Homage to the natural state.
the spontaneous manifestations of freedom and bondage spring fourth from the primordial purity of the five elements whose nature is the five wisdoms.
The three vajras of sentient beings, present from the beginning come fourth as action, energy, and mental concepts. Naturally liberated in their own state absolute freedom is continually present in the dimension of life, free from the limitations of duality and animate versus inanimate.
Once introduced to our self-perfected state through the kindness of masters, doubts are melted by the warmth of experience. Complete integration is free of effort, like a flower turning toward the sun.
This was written by the Dzogchenpa called Joe Evans on July 8 2012
We all wear costumes. Some we wear with purpose and some we wear without intention or even awareness. Even the decision to not modify something is a conceptual process that represents a subtle dichotomy in how we understand our own body, speech, and mind. I don’t think there is a problem with how one makes these kinds of decisions but simply find it to be an interesting way of looking at how our dualistic vision is so pervasive that we even apply it to our bodies. Personally, I am trying to use my appearance as a reminder to integrate the three vajras rather than to remain in this dualistic vision. The means by which I am doing so are simple really. I have recently decided to let my hair grow long in its natural state in honor of my teacher and the Dzogchen yogis of old and I wear a simple medallion of the Longsal symbol around my neck. I do this with the intention of having reminders on my body to integrate and also with the hope that I can create a good cause for others who come in contact with me.
I am curious to know how others work with things like this and would love to hear what your experiences are.
An interview with Fabio Andrico.
Fabio Andrico has been teaching Yoga internationally for over 30 years. He began his yoga career in the mid-seventies, when he studied Sivananda Yoga during a trip to India. In the following years, Andrico was exposed to many different yoga traditions. He ultimately met his teacher, Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, in 1977 and had the rare opportunity to learn the Tibetan tradition of Yantra Yoga directly from this lineage holder. Andrico is both a Hatha Yoga and Yantra Yoga instructor, as well as an authorized trainer of Yantra Yoga teachers. He teaches Yantra Yoga internationally to groups of up to 700 participants in venues on six continents.