Alan Wallace – Dzogchen – “The Great Perfection”:
Alan Wallace (born 1950) is an American author, translator, teacher, researcher, interpreter, and Buddhist practitioner interested in the intersections of consciousness studies and scientific disciplines such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and physics.
He endeavors to chart relationships and commonalities between Eastern and Western scientific, philosophical, and contemplative modes of inquiry.
He has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976.
Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
Dzogchen or the ‘Great Perfection’ is the most ancient and direct stream of wisdom within the Buddhist tradition of Tibet.
Sogyal Rinpoche describes it as “the heart – essence of all spiritual paths and the summit of an individual’s spiritual evolution“. As a way in which to realize the innermost nature of mind—that which we really are — Dzogchen is the clearest, most effective, and most relevant to the modern world.
Dzogchen is both the final and ultimate teaching and the heart of the teachings of all the Buddhas.
Though generally associated with the Nyingma or Ancient School of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Padmasambhava, Dzogchen has been practiced throughout the centuries by masters of all the different schools as their innermost practice.
Its origins reach back to before human history, and neither is it limited to Buddhism, nor to Tibet nor indeed even to this world of ours, as it is recorded that it has existed in thirteen different world systems.
“Dualism is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us.
We have to abandon such concepts as ‘enlightenment‘, ‘the nature of the mind’, and so on until we are no longer satisfied by a merely intellectual knowledge, and until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence.” ― Namkhai Norbu, Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
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