Paul wrote:If I were you, I'd put the books and so on away and not even think about Buddhism/Dzogchen for a week or two. You need to go relax and have fun, and eventually you can come back to it when you feel interested again.
Relaxation - mentally, emotionally and physically - is very, very important for dzogchen. As Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche says: "Dzogchen could be defined as a way to relax completely."
Paul wrote:You've met with Dzogchen so you have incredible merit. It doesn't happen by accident. If you recognise the nature of mind, then you don't need to memorise list of things. But if you don't relax and let go you're never going to have a stable experience of it as you keep covering it up. All thoughts, which includes all your worries, are ignorance - so don't bother with them.
catmoon wrote:My practice is very different from the high abstractions of Dzogchen, the rarified minimalism of Zen, or the complex intricacies of Mhayana ritual. I study mostly introductory works, run around the mala now and then and do a puja when the need arises.
But mainly, my practice consists of such things as being present while walking down the street, seeing the Buddha nature in others, corralling the wild negativities of my mind, and trying to be aware of the need to benefit others in word and deed. This practice can keep one busy for quite a long time. No need to storm the high mountain passes right from the start.
Lhug-Pa wrote:A suggestion:
Start out by doing Guru Yoga everyday, a Short Tun, Shamatha/Zhiné Meditation, and a short Ganapuja; and just study when you have time.
Best to do Yantra Yoga everyday too, or if it's too complex to learn right away, then look up some Hatha Yoga Asanas such as from an authentic source like Swami Sivananda, and do a handful of them consistently everyday.
Samael Aun Weor taught a short and simple to learn set of Yantra too, although as a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, it would be better to eventually learn the Yantra Yoga as taught by him.
mint wrote:Sometimes I think my time would be better spent reading the Tipitaka and doing lojong and tonglen rather than worrying with tantra or Dzogchen or anything abstract, as you say, which seems to be beyond my capabilities at the present.
Lhug-Pa wrote:It's all good.
Was just suggesting what I did because it contains everything we need right now as Dzogchen practitioners, and they're all simple practices that don't require too many visualizations, ritual implements, etc.
catmoon wrote:There are are many thing that are beyond my capacity at the moment. So I work on what is within my capacity. That seems to mean the cultivation of virtue, sila if you like. As I understand things, a certain amount of virtue, or accumulated merit as some put it, is a prerequisite to jhana, which really opens the doors of possibility. I'm quite content to work on that. And I think I'm happier as a result. By working within my capacity, I see actual results from time to time, which is encouraging.
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