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Starting the Evolution

An Introduction to the Ancient Teaching of Dzogchen

author: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

pages: 112

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The question of the purpose or meaning of life is as old as humanity itself. What are we doing here? Why have we been born? Is there some deeper meaning in human existence, something that is very close to us but remains elusive, waiting to be discovered?

The ancient teachings of Total Perfection or Ati Yoga, practiced for centuries in the snowy land of Tibet and recently introduced to the West, help us to discover the answer to these questions. They present the core of our being as being both completely pure and spontaneously perfect. These teachings, presented here by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, also provide a way to move from the level of the ordinary confused mind to the deepest level of the primordially pure consciousness. At a relative level, they can help us overcome existential fears and live a relaxed and happy life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 9 WHAT IS DZOGCHEN? 13 Dzogchen and Eastern Culture 14 Dzogchen and Religion 15 How to Start on the Path 16 Discovering and Believing 17 Direct vs. Intellectual Understanding 18 The Three Gates 19 Body 20 Voice or Energy 22 Mind 24 Coordinating Body, Voice, and Mind 24 The Three Kinds of Teachings 25 Sutra: Renunciation 27 Tantra: Transformation 29 Dzogchen: Self-Liberation 32 TEACHER AND TRANSMISSION 35 Why Do We Need a Teacher? 35 Working with the Teacher 36 Teacher and Disciples 38 What Is a Root Teacher? 38 Three Kinds of Transmission 39 DZOGCHEN PRACTICE 43 Guruyoga 45 Meditation and Integration 46 Presence and Awareness 48 The Principle of Nondistraction 49 Four Moments 52 Eating 53 Walking 53 Sitting 53 Sleeping 54 The Night Practice 54 Practicing within Dreams 56 Karmic Dreams and Dreams of Clarity 57 The Final Goal 57 DZOGCHEN IN DAILY LIFE 61 Education and Limitations 63 Children and Education 64 Working with Circumstances 65 Being Responsible 66 For other people’s choices 66 For your own choices 67 Working with Limitations and Awareness 68 Morality and Following Rules 69 Thinking Outside of the Box 70 Ego and Conflicts 71 Dzogchen and Peace 72 Be the Number One 74 Evolution vs. Revolution 74 Compassion 78 Karma 78 MANTRAS AND SECONDARY PRACTICES 81 The Umbrella of Secondary Practices 82 Negativities 84 Mantras 85 INTEGRATING WITH MOVEMENT 87 Yantra Yoga 88 The Dance of the Vajra 90 Khaita Joyful Dances 92 LIVING AND DYING AS DZOGCHEN PRACTITIONERS 95 The Intermediate State of Living 97 The Intermediate State of the Moment of Death 98 The Intermediate State of Reality 99 The Intermediate State of Rebirth 100 The Rainbow Body 103 APPENDIX. THE INTERNATIONAL DZOGCHEN COMMUNITY 107 Gars and Lings 107 Other Books on Dzogchen 108

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Starting the Evolution

Starting the Evolution

An Introduction to the Ancient Teaching of Dzogchen

author: Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

pages: 112

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