This retreat took place between 15th and 18th October 2009, and was titled “Acceptance and striving”.
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.
In this longer retreat, James gave an initiation into a tantric mahayoga/anuyoga practice of Padmasambhava together with a full explanation of the practice and how to apply it in all areas of life.
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James was teaching on The Root Verses of the Six Bardos, a fundamental text of Tibetan Buddhism and a terma of the master Karma Lingpa. The six bardos describe all aspects of our human lives, including the process of death and dying. They provide us with an opportunity to discover how we can recognize all aspects of living and dying as an expression of our buddha nature, our limitless and true nature.
The Root Verses of the Six Bardos is published in the Collected Works of C.R. Lama in 2013 (Chapter 4), edited by James Low. The German edition was published in 2016 under the title „Gesammelte Schriften von Chimed Rigdzin Rinpoche”.
In the section “The six realms of Samsara”, James refers to a depiction of the Wheel of Existence that can be viewed here.
The dedication of merit is recited at the end of a practice session or day of teachings.
The Refuge and Bodhicitta verses are recited at the beginning of a day of practice or teachings.