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Dzogchen is both the final and ultimate teaching (ati-yoga),
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 practised 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.
Prahevajra (Garab Dorje)
The first human lineage-holder of the Dzogchen teaching was the Nirmanakaya Garab Dorje, an emanation of the Buddha Vajrasattva. He was born a son of a royal family in Oddiyana. He showed many special signs that he was not an ordinary child. At age 7 he entered into a philosophical debate with 500 scholars and defeated all of them, without ever having studied himself. Afterwards he meditated on a mountaintop until his 32nd birthday. He received empowerments, instructions and entrustment of the Dzogchen tantras in an instant from Vajrasattva and attained the stage of ‘no more learning’. With the help of dakinis he spent three years transcribing the teachings he had received. He meditated and taught for the rest of his life in Sitavana, a famous charnel ground near Bodhgaya.
When he died at the source of the Danatika river
he offered his Last Testament Three Golden Letters
& his body dissolved into immaculate space amid masses of rainbow light.
Becoming a Tantric Yogi In the Yogacara Tradition
There were close ties between the various teachers and spiritual guides who were involved in Padmasambhava’s life. It is not surprising therefore, that Vajra Humkara told his disciple Padmasambhava to go and study at the feet of his own beloved guruji, Sri Simha.
Going to the Cina Valley, Padmasambhava found Sri Simha living as a yogi in a cremation ground. He begged for enlightenment. According to Evans-Wentz’s translation:
When Padma(sambhava) requested the guru Sri Simha to teach him,
the guru pointed to the heavens and said: ‘Have no desire for what thou seest. Desire not; Desire; Have no desire for desire; Desire and deliverance must be simultaneous. Voidness; Non-voidness; Non-obscuration; Obscuration; Emptiness of all things; Desire above, below, at the centre, in all directions, without differentiation.’
When all this had been explained in detail, the guru assured Padma that he would realize the essentiality of all doctrines.
The Great Master of Oddiyana once said:
Don’t investigate the root of things,
Investigate the root of Mind!
Once the mind’s root has been found,
You’ll know one thing, yet all is thereby freed.
But if the root of Mind you fail to find,
You will know everything but nothing
Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), is widely acknowledged
as the greatest exponent of Dzogpachenpo, or the Great Perfection,
in Tibetan history.
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