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  1. Video Set Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dq2dJcZBJA For the Birds 3:26 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIlIVFBBbNw 4:29 min. French Pigeons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X7pwsDWRJM The Red Button 0:45 min. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VnguFhuefo&NR=1&feature=fvwp Buddha’s Thoughts 2:46 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=CiHbXLAZ9xk | Compassion, Nature of Mind, Relative Truth & Absolute Truth | Sogyal Rinpoche 2:42 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZXyiDI6e26o#! “States and Stages of Consciousness,” Ken Wilbur | 10:43 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=lVpAuiGgw1k Transcending the Layers of Consciousness by Adyashanti | 4:46 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNgaxNHWAoc Song of Vajra Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  2. Pre-session Video-Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydAfgSIgU_E Who Am I? by Puppetji 4:02 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=qXdsDxYnGkI&NR=1 Puppetji and the Secret, 2:52 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlbDJCqPH2U Enlightenment by Puppetji , 1:50 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIlIVFBBbNw 4:29 min. French Pigeons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X7pwsDWRJM The Red Button 0:45 min. Session Eight Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  3. Quintessential Buddha Dharma The Nature the Mind Experiential Understanding of the Aware Mind Session Eight Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  4. The teaching of the Buddha is primarily about mind…. May all sentient beings dwell in the great equanimity that is free from passion, aggression, and prejudice. May the entire earth and contents fully awaken as the sole mandala of this Magical Manifestation Matrix. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  5. Scientific Symbol for Consciousness Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  6. …self-generated meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VnguFhuefo&NR=1&feature=fvwp Buddha’s Thoughts 2:46 min. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  7. Compassion & the Nature of Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=CiHbXLAZ9xk | Compassion, Nature of Mind, Relative Truth & Absolute Truth | Sogyal Rinpoche 2:42 min. http://www.thinkingallowed.com/topics.html Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  8. All Waves are Truly “One Vehicle” All teachings lead all beings to the state of Buddhahood. It seems like there are three different teachings. However, they are only skillful means of the Shakyamuni Buddha to guide people according to their level of understanding. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  9. Reviewing | Our Condition For a human being, life in the present is always oblivious to its perfect state because the mind is full of craving or desire in a world of delusion in which things are pleasant and unpleasant. Sensation arises and flows according to impulses. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  10. Review of Vajra Speech • We are what we think. • All things are preceded by the mind, led by the mind, created by the mind. • All thoughts vanish into emptiness like the imprint of a bird in the sky. • Once we wake up from the delusion of impure phenomena, they disappear. • Cause and effect are you. That is why what you do and what happens to you are the same thing. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  11. Vajra Speech • Enlightenment can and does use all available emotions • Nonattachment is not avoidance of attachment, for it is another form of clinging to the denial of your human attachment needs out of trust that love is not reliable • Chaos is inherent in all compounded things • Concentrate the mind on the present Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  12. VajraSpeech • All such notions as causation, succession, atoms, primary elements…are all figments of the imagination and manifestations of the mind. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  13. VajraSpeech • We are the change that we seek. • Once that I know I am responsible for my thoughts, I also know that I can drop it at any moment I decide to drop it. • My ego-clinging, selfish mind (creator or my world of fear and suffering), I shall destroy you. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  14. VajraSpeech • The water of compassion courses thought the canal of loving kindness. • Even with chains on your feet you can dance; then even the sound of chains will have a melody to it. • As the source of both inner and external peace, compassion and love are not mere luxuries but also fundamental to the survival of our species. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  15. VajraSpeech • Do not project space as being there. Do not grasp awareness as being here! This is because space and awareness are a primordial unity. • The mind, though free from arising and ceasing, manifests in various ways so that the Nirmanakaya (mind’s awareness and clarity) is the unceasing appearances of the expressive power of mind. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  16. VajraSpeech The world is regarded as a phenomena originating in the mind. And the mind, untamed, remains confused with hope (attachment) and fear (aversion), and ensnared by the eight worldly concerns. Emptiness is form, form is emptiness. Mind is empty.

  17. Vajra Speech Mind’s nature has neither birth nor cessation, like space. When you realize the real meaning of the equal nature of all things, to remain in that state, without searching, is meditation. GarabDorje Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  18. Buddha nature in essence is mind itself. Once it's recognized as such -- then you are a buddha. As long as it's not recognized, there is suffering. A scriptural reference says, The mind of a sentient being is buddha itself; it just happens to be clouded and bewildered. When this bewilderment and misunderstanding are removed, buddha is present. This is to say that, in a sense, we are each a buddha and yet don't realize it; only our blindness, our emotionality and ignorance prevent us from realizing this. 

  19. Dzogchen It represents the highest system of spiritual practice which leads to the recognition of the state of absolute knowledge— the Natural State —that exists in all sentient beings. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  20. “The Diamond Sutra” Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream Is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world. Chapter 32. All Phenomena are Illusions …that cuts through illusion Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  21. Dzogchen According to Tibetan Buddhism and New Bön— • Dzogchen (Rdzogschen or Atiyoga) is the natural, primordial state or natural condition, and is also a body of teachings and meditation practices aimed at realizing that condition. • According to Dzogchen literature, Dzogchen is the highest and most definitive path to enlightenment in one’s lifetime. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  22. “The mind itself is the perfect Buddha. Do not search for the Buddha anywhere else.” The Three Words that Strike to the Heart of the Essential Point GarabDorje Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  23. Manjushrimitra • Direct Introduction to the primordial state (one’s own true nature) is transmitted straight away by the master to the disciple. The master always remains in the primordial state, and the presence of that state communicates itself to the disciple in whatever situation or activity he/she may share. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  24. ShriSingha • Not Remaining in doubt about this unique state— By entering into this unique state of non-dual contemplation and by experiencing the primordial state, the disciple no longer remains in any doubt as to what it is. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  25. Jnanasutra The Disciple continues in the state of non-dual contemplation, bringing contemplation into every action, until that which is every individual’s true condition from the beginning (the Dharmakaya) is made real, or realized. One continues right up to Total Realization. As for directly continuing with confidence in liberation: Whatever gross or subtle thoughts may arise, by merely recognizing their nature, they arise and (self-) liberate simultaneously in the vast expanse of the Dharmakaya, where Emptiness and Awareness (are inseparable). Therefore, one should continue directly with confidence in their liberation. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  26. Vimalamitra Rainbow Body of masters who dissolve in light and live for centuries to benefit other beings— Vimalamitra, NyangTingdzinZangpo, ChetsunSengeWangchuk, and Padmasambhava Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  27. Dzogpachenpo Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  28. Samanthabhdra Sanskrit for Dzogpachenpo The Primordial Buddha Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  29. The Three Precepts of Dzogchen • DIRECT INTRODUCTION. One is introduced directly to one's true nature. This is why GarabDorje is often portrayed pointing his finger at the viewer. • REMAINING WITHOUT DOUBT. One attains certainty about this natural state • CONTINUING TO REMAIN IN THIS STATE. One continues with confidence in liberation or continuing in the non-dual state. When the practitioner experiences the natural state, other practices are given so that this natural state can be regained, maintained, and integrated. GarabDorje’s Three Precepts of Dzogchenare known as the "Three Words that Strike to the Heart of the Essential Point“ They summarize the whole of the Dzogchen teachings Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  30. The Upadeshas • There are many Upadesha instructions a practitioner can employ to realize the nature of mind, the natural state, the buddha nature. • Often referred to as pith instructions The ultimate nature of all sentient beings is said to be pure, all-encompassing, primordial activity (naturally occurring timeless clarity which has no form of its own and yet is capable of perceiving, experiencing, reflecting, or expressing all form. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  31. གདོད་ནས་དག་པ་དབྱིངས་ཀྱི་ངང་ཉིད་ལས།།གདོད་ནས་དག་པ་དབྱིངས་ཀྱི་ངང་ཉིད་ལས།། • རིག་པ་ཐོལ་སྐྱེས་སྐད་ཅིག་དྲན་པ་དེ།།རྒྱ་མཚོའི་གཏིང་ནས་ནོར་བུ་རྙེད་པ་འདྲ།། • སུས་ཀྱང་མ་བཅོས་མ་བྱས་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྐུ།། • "When, from out of the primordially pure Dharmadhatu, suddenly Rigpa arises; and with it, there is an instantaneous recognition— • It is like finding a precious jewel in the depths of the ocean. No-one has created it. It is just the Dharmakaya". GarabDorje Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  32. To Fully Understand • In accordance with the three precepts of GarabDorje, the teachings were classified into three series— • Semde: the Mind series that focuses on the introduction to one’s primordial nature • Longde: the Space series that focuses on developing the capacity to gain familiarity with the sate and remove doubts; • Menngagde: the Secret Oral Instructions on the practices in which one engages after gaining confident in the knowledge of the state. it is to be experienced and recognized. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma MIND IS RADIANTLY PURE….

  33. The Heart of the Teachings Don’t seek to cut the root of phenomena (e.g., world problems and our thoughts and emotions). Cut the root of mind. If you cut the root of mind, you’ll know one thing which resolves all. If you don’t cut the root of the mind, you can know everything but be forever stuck on one. Padhmasambhava When we conquer our own minds, we become master of our perceptions— SogyalRinpoche Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  34. Buddha TonpaSherabMiwoche Taught the path of self-liberation (or Dzogchen teachings) in the Land of TagzigOlmo Lung Ring, the region of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kashmir…..about 7th-6th century B.C.E. or 18,000 years ago. The larger country was called Tazig. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  35. First a thing; and, in the end, a non-thing—neither is established. Likewise, there is nothing other than these two.There is no place to abide in the beginning, middle, or end.For those whose minds are obscured by continual concepts,  emptiness and compassion are expressed in words. ” Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  36. Hui-jen in Search of His Successor Head Monk ShenHsiu’s Response— The body is the bodhi tree. The mind is like a bright mirror’s stand. At all times we must strive to polish it And must not let the dust collect. Hui-neng’s response— Bodhi originally has no tree. The mirror also has no stand. The Buddha nature is always clear and pure. Where is there room for dust? Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  37. Nature of Mind Ch’an Text Dzogchen Text The instantaneous approach has no method. One cultivates the nature of reality in this way—all phenomena are mind, and mind is uncreated. In that it is uncreated, it is emptiness. Since it is like the sky, it is not a field of activity for the six sense-faculties. This emptiness is what we call vivid awareness. Yet within that vivid awareness there is no such thing as vivid awareness. Therefore without remaining in the insights gained from studying, cultivate the essential sameness of all phenomena. • The mind itself, which is without basis or root,is not to be found through effort; it is like the sky.Enlightenment, which is uncreated, is enlightenment free from cause and effect. • For Ch’an (Middle Chinese, Dzyen) and “Dzogs-chen,” the intrinsic awareness is spontaneous Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  38. The clear light of mind is mutual arising at the same time, mutual entering at the same time, mutual depending at the same time, and mutual comprising at the same time. It is ever present. ” Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  39. Clear light is the Most Subtle Level of Mind Clear light is a state of mind which becomes fully manifest only as a consequence of certain sequences or stages of dissolution (devoid of certain types of obstacles and obscuration). All consciousness or all cognitive mental events are said to be in the nature of clarity and luminosity.

  40. The energy of infinite consciousness (without abandoning its true nature) manifests this creation. First… the notion of creation, then light, and the division of the universe. As a particle of consciousness moves in space, it does ‘there’ what it did ‘here’ earlier; thus, the sequence of time arises, as well as spatial distinctions. Then, one after the other, the diverse beings are created.– – from The Yoga Vasistha Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  41. The trick is to realize that this is the true nature of reality, emptiness containing moving bits of energy. Once one experiences this, it is important to remember that everything is made of the same substance, including ones own body.   It is also imperative to remember that it is, in fact, a projection from your heart and exiting through your eyes, playing out ‘out there’. Ah sound A good way of becoming aware of it is to look directly at clouds on a humid day.  When one looks at it, one can see these tiny sparks of light jumping around all over the place.  These particles of light can sometimes be seen to be strung together in strands or at other times form parts of large spiraling discs.

  42. Self-arising Wisdom is the Base • The five negative emotions are manifested energy. • Seeing emotions as mistaken is an error. • Letting them be in their nature is the method to find the non-dual state of Liberation, • Overcoming hope and fear is the result. Recognizing that all thoughts arise in our inner space and arise from emptiness— • The essence of the base is called the mother (ma), • the awakened awareness (rigpa) is called the son (bu), and • the inseparability of mother and son is the flow of energy (rtsal). Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  43. PHI Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  44. The Nature of Mind? Mind, first…. Duality of Mind • In ancient texts, mind is a composite of heart/mind. Recent studies shows that even the heart is composed of “mind,” having memories. It emphasizes the emotive side of mind. • Mind also is the intellect or mind-sense in the sense of what grasps mental objects. • Citta is the term used to refer to the quality o f mental processes as a whole and is not a process or an entity. • There is the thinking aspect of when, for example, an individual decides on and commits to a particular course of action— “I will this…I will do this….” • Consciousness: Mind consisting of eight consciousness; life force; discernment Illustration of dualism by René Descartes. Inputs are passed by the sensory organs to the pineal gland and from there to the “immaterial spirit.” It objectifies. “I think, therefore, I am; and I do accordingly.” Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  45. From Cognitive to Super Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZXyiDI6e26o#! “States and Stages of Consciousness,” Ken Wilbur | 10:43 min. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  46. SUBTLE DIMENSION OF INTERIOR VISION OF LUMINOSITY…. CONTINUE IDENTIFYING ONWARD TO CAUSAL, UNMANIFEST ABSORBTION, INTO AN AWAKENING TO EVER-PRESENT WITNESS (OR BIG MIND) TO REALIZATION OF THE NON-DUAL SUCHNESS OF BIG MIND/BIG HEART…. When Ken Wilbur talks about stages and growth and development, he has devised a chart….a growth sequence of consciousness and the nature of mind….a freedom and a fullness of actualized existence…..not having been realized by the many. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  47. www.integrallife.com Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  48. The Interrelationship of Our Relational Approach "Not only a shift in consciousness, but also a shift toward consciousness, or toward mind -- a mindful universe, a universe of consciousness, of spirit, a spiritual, conscious universe. "--Fritjof Capra  Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  49. Self-Realization is a moment that is brief and yet timeless and eternal.  There is the immediate direct knowledge of "I AM THAT I AM" or the knowing that "I always was, always am, and always will be!"  There is no question or doubt, given that it is directly perceived as an irrefutable fact. One knows that "This is Who and What I Really Am, Love, Light, Bliss, Just Pure, Clear Space, Eternally Free!"  This is a sense of what Self-Realization is but...it happens in Awareness, not in thought. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma

  50. Self-knowing The wisdom of self-knowing does not arise from without. It arises by itself in itself. Session Eight | Buddha Dharma