This retreat took place between 15th and 18th October 2009, and was titled “Acceptance and striving”.
Dzogchen and Mahamudra are harmoniously complementary. Their evocative styles offer us beautiful metaphors which can sweetly and poetically ease us out of our rigid concepts. The retreat was focussed on two texts, the Mirror of Luminous Revelation, a dzogchen treasure text from Nuden Dorje Drophen Lingpa Drolo Tsal, and the Mahamudra Upadesha by Tilopa. The Nuden Dorje text was previously translated as “The Mirror of clear meaning”. Teachings on the Mirror of Luminous Revelation started on Sunday, while teachings on the Mahamudra Upadesha began on Wednesday.
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All that we know as subject and object arises in dependence on other manifestations which are also dependent, and so on in all directions forever. This is the play of the inseparability of emptiness and the creative effulgence of awareness. We will look at the deconstructive freshness of the Heart Sutra and relate it to the view of Dzogchen. It will be practical as we seek to see how we solidify illusion and give ourselves and others a hard time.
As well as the Heart Sutra, James also taught from the text “The lamp clarifying the essentials of the way of meditation” by Tsultrim Zangpo.
This nine-day retreat took place between 6th October and 14th October 2018. During the retreat James considered various texts with regard to the aspect of purification:
The Heart Sutra (Saturday – Sunday)
The Meditation and mantra recitation of Prajnaparamita, Mother of All the Buddhas, from Gonpo Wangyal (Sunday, Friday)
The Evocation of Samantabhadra (Monday-Tuesday)
The Meditation and Recitation on Vajrasattva who Purifies Errors and Obscurations (Wednesday)
Vajrasattva practice from Ngöndro (Thursday)
Padmasambhava practice from C. R. Lama (Thursday-Friday)
Purification practice using Padmasambhava as form, from C.R. Lama (Friday)
Uncovering the Presence of the Mother of All the Buddhas, from Gonpo Wangyal (Friday-Sunday)
In the course of the Friday and Saturday teachings, various series of Semdzin practices were introduced and their effects discussed.