ATIYOGA, Public Talk Series OPENING OUR MINDS
The tireless teaching activity of the autor Namkhai Norbu (1938- 2018) was not based on some missionary sense, an effort of trying to promote a philosophy or a religion, an attempt to convince, instruct, indoctrinate. It was rather the opposite: as he used to explain with great clarity, upholding a certain philosophy or preaching a religious system, trying to convince people with assumptions of faith or axioms and logics, is just a kind of conditioning. Another conditioning adding to the many layers already present in each of us. Conditioning in fact happens throughout all our lives, through the actions of our parents, society, education systems and so on. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this process, it might be useful for living in a particular social environment, however we need to realize that all conditioning is relative and limiting.
Namkhai Norbu explained that after having understood this, we have the possibility to turn our attention not to a new belief system but to directly discover our nature that exists beyond all relative conditioning. This very nature is what is called Dzogchen, a Tibetan word that can be translated as the Total Perfection which is our true and innate condition. The Sanskrit word Atiyoga, meaning primordial knowledge, is a synonym of it.
“What is the main point of the Dzogchen teaching? The main point is being beyond all limitations: this is the real state of Dzogchen. Dzogchen means our real condition, a condition which everybody has. The Dzogchen teaching is for discovering that real condition. Dzogchen is not a book nor a tradition. How do we discover this condition? Firstly we must find out how limited we are and what kind of problems we have in our daily life. If we observe well, all problems arise and develop from our tensions. We develop tensions because, rather than observing ourselves, we are always looking outside and thinking “this is good” or “this is bad.” We give too much importance to our judgments”