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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 20 1 0 74 translations themselves are excellent, showing how a simplicity and clarity of presentation, and a sympathetic trans- lator, can make the traditional acces- sible. The subjects of these teachings are wide-ranging, and while only one is devoted specifically to Dzogchen, every- thing is shot through with the view of Dzogchen. Reading these teachings from dif- ferent times and places together in this collection reveals how Dilgo Khyentse presented Dzogchen holistically, within the context of the nine vehicles. What becomes apparent is the spaciousness of Dilgo Khyentse’s mind, as he moves from simple ethical teachings to the twists and turns of Indian Buddhist philosophy, to tantric visualization practices, to the open realm of Dzogchen. Such an approach suggests not only a brilliant intelligence, but also an internalization of one of Dzogchen’s key teachings, that there is nothing to be accepted and nothing to be rejected. By contrast, a Protestant Dzogchen, in which an acceptance of Dzogchen entails the rejection of so much else, appears strangely impoverished. Yet it would be a mistake to think that the extremes of Protestant and tra- ditional Dzogchen represent the only available options, or even that they need be in direct competition with each other. A few decades is very little time for transferring a new and complex sys- tem of thought and practice to another culture. These are early days indeed. Zen has had a little more time to settle into its Western context, and we all know that a decontextualized “Zen” has now entered popular culture. But there are also thou- sands of Zen centers in the West, most of which identify themselves with lineages derived from Asian teachers. The same trend seems to be emerging in Dzogchen, the subject of numerous publications in which it is presented without much context, yet generally put into practice within a Tibetan lineage and as part of the Vajrayana path. Reviews dzogchen the natural great perfection D ZOGCHEN RETREATS WIT H LAMA SURYA DA S Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us t o our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGC HEN MEDI TATION R E T REATS Garrison, NY Summer July 23 – August 1, 2010 Garrison, NY Winter January 1 – 9, 2011 Joshua Tr ee, CA Spring March 12 – 20, 2011 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of The Mind is Mightier than the Sword (Doubleday, 2009), Buddha Is As Buddha Does (Harper San Francisco, 2007), as well as a number of other books including Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be and the Awakening Trilogy which includes the classic Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway). Lama Surya is a Lineage holder of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rime non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism in viable Western forms by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide.