The Happy Twins Dzogchen and Mahamudra are harmoniously complementary. Their evocative styles offer us beautiful metaphors which can sweetly and poetically ease us out of our rigid concepts. The retreat was focussed on two texts, the Mirror of Luminous Revelation, a dzogchen treasure text from Nuden Dorje Drophen Lingpa Drolo Tsal, and the Mahamudra Upadesha by Tilopa. The Nuden Dorje […]» Read more
Life and death – all the modalities of existence are embedded within the great open space of our awareness which is ungraspable and ever-present. If you try to grasp it you’ll never find anything. If you open to it and relax into it, it’s always there. This is the liberation from the duality of life and death.» Read more
“What does it mean for me to be me? What is our real identity? Is our identity just what we take it to be – the narratives that we say about ourself – or is identity perhaps something different?
From the point of view of dzogchen, there are many ways to see the constructed way in which we create fantasies of identity about who we are. We may occupy them for some time, but then it becomes impossible to occupy them any more because the present becomes the past.
The present is always becoming the past, so what shall we rely on? This is the central question in dzogchen because if we rely on something unreliable we feel betrayed and we do not feel supported.”» Read more
All that we know as subject and object arises in dependence on other manifestations which are also dependent, and so on in all directions forever. This is the play of the inseparability of emptiness and the creative effulgence of awareness. We will look at the deconstructive freshness of the Heart Sutra and relate it to the view of Dzogchen. It […]» Read more
Intrinsic purity and purity through purification This nine-day retreat took place between 6th October and 14th October 2018. During the retreat James considered various texts with regard to the aspect of purification: The Heart Sutra (Saturday – Sunday) The Meditation and mantra recitation of Prajnaparamita, Mother of All the Buddhas, from Gonpo Wangyal (Sunday, Friday) The Evocation of Samantabhadra (Monday-Tuesday) […]» Read more
In this retreat the focus was on using the dzogchen view to awaken to the inseperability of awareness and the openness of the ground. James was teaching from a text published in chapter 9 of the book Simply Being, where Padmasambhava sets out the truth of our existence. You can watch all the videos at https://vimeo.com/showcase/5154013 Thursday Friday Saturday […]» Read more
James Low Retreat. The One ground and its qualities. The focus will be on using the dzogchen view to awaken to the inseperability of awareness and the openness of the ground. To support our meditation we will use chapter 9 in the book, ‘Simply Being’ where Padmasambhava sets out the truth of our existence. There will be a public talk […]» Read more