I'm not a Dzogchenpa, but I do know enough of the Buddhas teachings to know that what he says is not in accord with right view of Buddhism.
Jax's posts are actually no different to Advaita Vedanta, when he asserts that experiences arise and dissolve into "Awareness." This is the experience of the Atman-Brahman of Advaita Vedanta. This is not the realization of anatta (no-self) in Buddhism.
From the Bahiya Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/ud/ud.1.10.than.html
"Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."
With the realization of anatta: There is only action, with no inherent "actor" separate from the action. In seeing, no seer; in hearing, no hearer; in thinking, no thinker, etc. There is no longer the reification of a subjective self that is independent, eternal, or unchanging in relation to objects. Therefore, it is realized that from the beginning, there was never a separate subject for there to be a "union" of objects (as related to the experience of the Atman-Brahman or non-dual "awareness": Where there is a notion of a "unification" of subject/object) With the realization of anatta, there is no longer a notion of a "mirror" (or "awareness") that is "reflecting."
What is you said is true... and I don't mean disrespect.
Session Start: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
(5:28 PM) AEN: hi
(5:29 PM) AEN: btw i was searching about jax in e-sangha and found they were suggesting that he is not an authorised teacher of dzogchen
Someone asked Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche:
"A person called Jackson Peterson (email@example.com
), has a group called DzogchenPractice on Yahoo Groups. He claim to have permission from you to teach Semde,is this true?
He also claim to be able to give direct introduction by means of e-mail. For me this seem highly unlikely, could you please comment on this?"
I then received the following answer:
Thanks for your info. I'll inform him that he is going
With many Tashu Delegs NN.
(5:31 PM) Thusness: I was going to ask about that....coz i saw his dzogchen website
and obviously it is not about dzogchen
coz the understanding of emptiness isn't there
(5:31 PM) AEN: oic..
(5:34 PM) AEN: jax say in dzogchen its not important to deal with karmic tendencies: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DzogchenP ... ssage/9248
(5:35 PM) AEN: btw u tink mikael shld search for someone who is a qualified teacher in dzogchen?
(5:35 PM) Thusness: i got to go now.
(5:35 PM) AEN: ok
(5:35 PM) Thusness: i think michael can learn from him something
(5:35 PM) AEN: icic..
(5:35 PM) Thusness: there are certain things that are not taught in dzogchen too.
(5:36 PM) Thusness: which obviously he has accessed to.
(5:36 PM) AEN: what are they
(5:37 PM) Thusness: anyway at present stage, till at least stage 4, he should have a lot to contribute
(7:23 PM) Thusness: back~
(7:25 PM) AEN: oic.. adam west said: "As we progress, we will see further evidence of the primacy and continuity of awareness when we sleep. When we awaken, we will be conscious 24 hours a day. Awareness sees us sleep; sees us snore; sees the dream states; sees the dreamless state. This is because the phenomena of ‘you’ takes place in awareness."
(7:28 PM) Thusness: Not bad.
(7:28 PM) Thusness: Adam and Jax are more towards Advaita