What is Dzogchen? Saying the unsayable. Interview. Todtmoos, 2006

What is Dzogchen? Saying the unsayable.

James Low was interviewed on video by Guido Ferrari during a teaching retreat in Todtmoos, 2006. The first question is “What is Dzogchen?”

June 2006, Todtmoos, Germany
Transcribed by Daniel Beierstettel

• The point of view of dzogchen is recognizing that the ground of all of our thoughts, feelings, sensations and activities is a state of open relaxation, a state of presence – that is to say, to be fully here, fully alive, as an awareness which is not this or that.
• Awareness is liberation itself. Awareness means not to be caught up in thinking about things, not trying to make sense of them, but just to offer a relaxed open hospitality, a hospitality towards whatever arises.
• ‘I’m okay as I am. Without doing anything more than breathing in and out, I am okay.’ This is the meaning of dzogchen: ‘It’s fine. Nothing more to do.’
• What continues is this open potential. What manifests is always changing.
Manifestation arises with others as the eternal dance of becoming.
• Free of all fantasy, here we are at this moment, alive. Nothing is happening, yet everything is happening. It’s very simple.
• It is about learning to trust an immediacy of being, to stop being an internal politician.
• In seeing you, your face will touch me, so that I can become one who can meet you where you are. That is the basis of ethics.

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