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The Self-Perfected State
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Paperback Book
Snow Lion
January, 1996
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As Namkhai Norbu, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest living masters of Dzogchen, explains in this very readable book, our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we re-awaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the Self-Perfected State that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present, through all activities. Rinpoche begins by clearly explaining the Dzogchen teachings and then reveals, in a simple and non-intellectual manner, what is meant by the practice of Dzogchen.

Dzogchen is the essence of all the spiritual traditions of Tibet. Although it is not a religious or philosophical system, it has been incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism and is considered to be a complete and realistic means of achieving internal awakening of self-knowledge. Namkhai Norbu’s presentation cuts across religious boundaries, offering a way to be deeply awake no matter what one does or believes.

We need to know how to work with our situation and with others according to the circumstances that we may encounter, without prejudging or faking anything. Thus, in order to learn how to practice Dzogchen one has to observe oneself. To do this, one only has to pay attention for a few minutes to the way in which our thoughts, our judgments, and our ideas come and go, like waves that arise and disappear....

It is much more important to try to be present and aware at all times rather than just to dedicate a limited period each day to specific practices. Learning the details of techniques of meditation, visualization, and so on, is secondary.

Other works by Namkhai Norbu include:

·    The Crystal and the Way of Light

·    The Cycle of Day and Night

·    Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light

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Clear explanation of the Dzogchen teachings and practices that reawaken and establish us in our true nature.Dzogchen is a complete and realistic means of achieving internal awakening or self-knowledge. Namkhai norbu, a respected teacher and author of several other books on the subject, provides a clear and concise explanation of dzogchen practices.

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