Essential point in three statements • Todtmoos Au, June 2009

James taught on Patrul Rinpoche’s commentary on Garab Dorje’s ‘Essential point in three statements’. He continued teaching on this commentary in Todtmoos in October 2010. Patrul Rinpoche’s commentary is Chapter 11 in Simply being: texts in the dzogchen tradition German translation by Robert Jarolawski Download here. Videos of part of the retreat are available here.

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Integration in Dzogchen • Freiburg, June 2009

Integration is a central concept in dzogchen: Sleeping Beauty or Sleeping Buddha? A Public Talk offered by James Low at Todtmoos in Jun 11th 2009 German translation by Robert Jarolawski Videos of part of the retreat are here The transcript is here Download here “It’s a bit like in the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. After she pricks her finger […]

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Garab Dorje’s Three Points • Chiemsee, 2008

Retreat at Chiemsee, Germany. 31.10. – 02.11.2008 English and German Translating Andreas Ruft James teaches using Patrul Rinpoche’s commentary which is Chapter 11 in his book “Simply Being”. Garab Dorje was the first human teacher of the Atiyoga Tantras and the short text is variously translated as his three statements, or three testaments or as “Hitting the essence in three […]

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Mahamudra, as Understood Through Texts by Maitripa and Saraha • Todtmoos, 2008

Mahamudra as understood through two texts: Maitripa’s ‘Brief Exposition of the Great Seal’ and Saraha’s ‘The Treasury of Songs: Esoteric Instructions on Mahamudra’ James Low teaches using his translations of both texts which are also Chapters 12 and 13 in his book Simply Being. Todtmoos, Germany. 20-22 June 2008Transcribed by Sarah Allen.  Edited by Barbara Terris …When we look at the […]

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The Transmission of flow and the flow of transmission [06]. Macclesfield, 2007

Macclesfield, 1st June 2007 James Low The Macclesfield UK Talks [6] Audio edited by Wendy Chozom In considering the nature of lineage, its function and importance, James refers to a short text by Saraha, ‘The Treasury of Songs’, which is included in his book ‘Simply Being’. Download here You can also watch the video recording here

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Calm and clear. Freiburg, 2006.

When things are calm it is easy to disturb them. When things are clear it is easy to dirty them, to make them lose their clarity. On an ordinary level calmness and clarity are very vulnerable states. This is because of the very nature of our existence. From a traditional buddhist point of view the functioning basis of our existence, of how we operate as human beings, is to be caught up in an experience of duality: looking inside we experience ‘ourselves’, and looking outside we experience ‘things’ which are other. But of course, it is not quite as simple as that.

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