These are teachings given in Freiburg and Todtmoos during 12-14 June 2009 and 11-12 June 2010. James explains and comments on Patrul Rinpoche Brief and an Extended Commentaries on Garab Dorje’s “Three Essential Points”, translated later as “Three Statements that Hit the Key Points” and often by others as “Hitting the essence in three words”. This text was prepared by […]» Read more
James Low taught on Patrul Rinpoche’s commentaries on Garab Dorje’s Three Statements, hitting the main point. This talk is from the preparatory introductory day in Freiburg. It was followed by teaching retreats in Todtmoos Au in 2009 and 2010. Transcribed by Sarah Allen and edited by James Low. Excerpts The great chain of cause and effect keeps growing as if […]» Read more
James Low Teaching weekend Oxford, 9-10 November 2019 Easy illumination We inhabit a paradox as our self-revealing mind is hidden by our way of looking. The structure of a short Dzogchen text by the extraordinary Tibetan Yogini Ayu Khandro was used to explore how not to get in the way of our mind’s intrinsic illumination. The focus was on the […]» Read more
This text comes from Nuden Dorje, the first incarnation of my own teacher, C R Lama. We believe that Nuden Dorje was himself an incarnation of one of the close disciples of Padmasambhava, and that Padmasambhava came directly from the pure heart of Amitabha.
Buddhist texts often include a history of how the text arose, from whom, where and when. To say that a text came directly from Padmasambhava or from the mind of another great teacher, what does this mean? Why should we trust it? Who should we trust? You come here and I am telling you a lot of things. Why should you trust me? If you trust there is a chance you will be cheated, but if you don’t trust it’s difficult to proceed.
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
James Low Gutenstein 6-8 Sept 2019 Teaching retreat: Relaxation and the self-liberation of phenomena The instability of our ego-self binds us to the ongoing activity of self-maintenance. Driven by hopes and fears we anxiously mobilise our energy to the task of getting more of what we want and less of what we don’t want. From the Buddhist point of view […]» Read more
James Low 28-30 June 2019. Todtmoos, Germany Retreat: Letting the mind settle English and German Audio recording and translation by Robert Jarolawski Audio edited by Joe Peet Video recording at Vimeo. Part 01 Part 02 Part 03 Part 04 Part 05 Part 06 Part 07 Part 08 Part 09 Part 10 Download the audio files here» Read more