duffster1 wrote:I heard Chogyal Namkhai Norbu say in the webcast today that if one talks about rigpa to non practitioners one is breaking samaya.Im just trying to understand what he meant.If one tells a loved one or a friend what they are practicing and goes into a little detail wouldn't this be harmless. Wouldn't it be of some benefit for another to hear the sanity of it all?
Generally speaking, one keeps these things private. Not like clandestine private where it's like you're hiding something... Just similar to how you wouldn't go blabbing about your sex life with your partner to people outside the relationship. You're not hiding it, but it's not for others' ears. That kinda thing. In my experience, the more we share about our practice with others--especially those not connected to the transmission--the more the progress of our practice dissipates. It also has a way of causing us to objectify and conceptualize our meditative experiences and grasp onto them. I suppose the latter two points wouldn't be so once one had reached a certain level of stability in instant presence, but at least until then we are very much in dualism vision, as Rinpoche says, so we're subject to that vision's consequences.
But I think talking about Dzogchen in a general way, to someone you've determined seems interested, like explaining something like the fact that we all have primordially pure nature fully -endowed with beneficial qualities, but that this nature is temporarily obscured by ignorance, and that only non-conceptual direct experience can allow us to awaken to the knowledge of that true nature and purify that ignorance... I general statements like these are fine if the person shows interest. And if they want to know how one goes about such a non-conceptual meditation, then you explain that it's best if one hears about it from someone with thorough experience of this path and let them know they can tune in to Rinpoche's webcasts if they like.