Due to the technology of its day, this recording has variable sound quality and some passages may be missing.
In this retreat the focus was on using the dzogchen view to awaken to the inseperability of awareness and the openness of the ground. James was teaching from a text published in chapter 9 of the book Simply Being, where Padmasambhava sets out the truth of our existence.
In this seven day retreat James was teaching on the text “The Evocation of Samantabhadra”, part of the Gongpa Zangthal which belongs to the Jangter or Northern Treasures revealed by Rigdzin Gödem. The prayer is commonly referred to in Tibetan as “Kunzang Monlam”.
In the evenings the group participated in the Padmasambhava Practice (taught in full during the Autumn 2016 retreat, audio available here) and some remarks related to these evening practices are included here in a separate section at the end.
Regarding the Padmasambhava Practice
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.
Here are the recordings from the retreat held at Kamalashila in October 2015. James was teaching from the text “Self-Liberating Understanding” from Patrul Rinpoche, published in the Simply Being book.
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