Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Garab Dorje

The skies are too cloudy to see tonight's lunar eclipse but I did not want to let the day pass without paying homage to one of mankind's best friends. Recalling his central message, contemplating his inner experience and sharing awareness that such a one once walked this earth. Isn't that the point? Today the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism celebrates the anniversary of Garab Dorje. Born in the region by the Aral Sea in the centuries before Christ, he is the source of the 'Great Perfection ' or Dzogchen teachings. Due to the influence of teachers such as Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, Longchenpa and Jigme Lingpa, this sublime method of awakening to full Buddhahood flourished for over a thousand years in Tibet, widely renowned as the highest form of the three vehicles of Buddhist practice. Garab Dorje translates as Indestructible Happiness. The essence of his teaching was summarized in a final transmission known as Striking the Essence in Three Words. Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche renders the triad as follows;

1. Direct introduction to the primordial state is transmitted straight away by the master to the disciple. The master always remains in the primordial state, and the presence of the state communicates itself to the disciple in whatever situation or activity they may share.

2. The disciple enters into non-dual contemplation and, experiencing the primordial state, no longer remains in doubt as to what it is.

3. The disciple continues in that state of non-dual contemplation, the primordial state, bringing contemplation into every action, until that which is every individual’s true condition from the beginning (the Dharmakaya), but which remains obscured by dualistic vision, is made real, or realized. One continues right up to Total Realization.

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