Topic: Conciousness by Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
Q: The word 'consciousness' is confusing
A: Usually, we explain consciousness but within consciousness there are different thoughts or no thoughts, but there is still consciousness.
There are several types of consciousness and according to the Dzogchen way, it doesn't matter if they are rough or subtle - any kind of consciousness can disturb someone.
Nature-Awareness or Rigpa is completely beyond consciousness, any consciousness, whether it is pure, merits, sinful, good, bad - whatever consciousness there is, they are always negative. Dzogchen Rigpa is not this, not thoughts, it doesn't matter whether they are rough or subtle; Dzogchen is completely only Nature itself. After thoughts are released or liberated,
this State is Rigpa.
Rigpa is nothing to do with senses or consciousness, it is completely beyond them, Nyugma. That is difficult to distinguish, I know. There are many books which explain a lot, but this is pure and according to out Dzogchen, we say Awareness is
empty and Empty Nature is Awareness, it doesn't make much difference - Self is Aware of Self - Rang rig. Emptiness is special, very special. Emptiness is Self Aware of Self. We often give the example of a lamp. When a lamp is lit up there is no need to add any other light - it lights itself. Sometimes if someone is ready to be introduced to Nature, we give this example: self is clear to itself. This is not easy to catch in your ear – it goes in the air. But when you have experience, that makes it clear.
THOUGH A MAN BE LEARNED
IF HE DOES NOT APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE
HE RESEMBLES THE BLIND MAN
WHO WITH A LAMP IN THE HAND CANNOT SEE THE ROAD