ye gzhi - the Primordial Base
ye gzhi snying-po byang-chub kyi sems - the Bodhichitta which is the essence of the Primordial Base
"Even though one's original nature, as light and space, is like the clear open sky, it becomes obscured and clouded over by an ignorance that grasps at the reality (bdag 'dzin) these clouds represent one's delusions or Samsaric visions. Becoming liberated from these clouds, one's own real nature as awareness or Rigpa comes into visible manifestation, just as when the clouds in the sky dissipate, the sun becomes clearly visible. Therby one's view and con's conduct and activity in the world become inseparably linked. One acts spontaneously in terms of the Natural State, without any deliberation or artifice. The Primordial State, the Nature of Mind, being Shunyata andbeing without any source or ground (gzhi-med-rtsa-bral) in the causal processes of Samsara, totally transcends the intellect (blo 'das chenpo). Yet at the same time it may be directly discovered within one's own immediate experience in this present life by way of the practice of contemplation, a state that goes beyond the mind." .......John Myrdhin Reynolds....'The Oral Traditions From Zhang-Zhung'....Page 240 (The Guru Yoga for Tapihritsa, the most important master in the transmission of the lineage of the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyad).
Simplicity, free from conceptual mind,
Dawns as one taste, fresh relaxed.
Seeing nothing but That
Is the ordinary mind.
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Patrick Sweeney, Dharma Heir of the Vajra Regent and President of Satdharma....."One could say that absolute truth is very easy in our lineage. We talk about it as ordinary mind, or thamel gyi shepa. We talk about devotion as the means of realizing absolute truth. Trungpa Rinpoche was the embodiment of absolute truth......http://www.satdharma.org/SMC_MG_P1.php
Vajranatha...."Just as in the case of the Nyingmapas among the Tibetan Buddhists, the Bonpo tradition possesses as its highest teaching the system of contemplation known as Dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," (rdogs-pa chen-po). These teachings reveal in one's immediate experience the Primordial State (ye gzhi) of the individual, that is to say, the individual's inherent Buddha-nature or Bodhichitta, which is beyond all time and conditioning and conceptual limitations. This Natural State (gnas-lugs) is spoken of in terms of its intrinsic primordial purity (ka-dag) and its spontaneous perfection in manifestation (lhun-grub). Both the Buddhist Nyingmapas and the Bonpos assert that their respective Dzogchen traditions were brought to Central Tibet in the eighth century, the Nyingmapa transmission from the Mahasiddha Shrisimha in living in Northern India and the Bonpo transmission from a line of Mahasiddhas dwelling around Mount Kailas and the lake country of Zhang-zhung to the west and north of Tibet. Thus there appear to exist two different historically authentic lineages for the transmission of these teachings........http://www.angelfire.com/vt/vajranatha/bondzog.html
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche....."The Meditation Practice in Six Sessions is a Dzogchen contemplative practice compiled by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for his students. It consists of the Nine Breathings of Purification, Securing a Boundary, Guru Yoga, Refuge, Bodhicitta, and Contemplative Breathing Practice. “In Dzogchen, nyamshag, contemplation, has a precise and specific meaning. It indicates presence in the state of the inseparability of clarity and emptiness. In the symbolic language of Dzogchen, this is the 'union of mother and son.' Contemplation is the foremost Dzogchen practice. What we must develop as Dzogchen practitioners is the contemplation of the inseparability of emptiness and clarity in the natural state of mind. As these are already inseparable, in Dzogchen we do not try to unite them, as Tantric practitioners do, but simply to recognize their indivisibility.” -- from “Wonders of the Natural Mind” by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (pgs 90-91)
Choki Nyima Rinpoche: Yes, that's correct. The essence itself is unobscured, but it is covered by concepts. The nature of that which conceptualizes is pure awareness. We have defined ordinary mind, thamal gyi shepa, as being independent of the three experiences of bliss, clarity and nonthought and beyond the experience of the four joys or four types of bliss. That kind of ordinary mind is totally identical with rangjung rigpa, self-existing awareness. This is a vital point.....We can call it ordinary mind, self-existing awareness or buddha- nature - whatever we call it, that `it' is always present in ourselves. Unfortunately we usually fail to recognize what is already present as our own basic nature. No one else can recognize this intrinsic self-existing wakefulness for us. The very moment we abandon all conceptual activity such as accepting or rejecting, keeping or sending off, judging or evaluating, ordinary mind, self-existing awareness, is naturally present.
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In Semde (Sems sde) texts, Bodhicitta is a term that is synonym with Dzogchen itself or with Rigpa. In this respect, it has to be taken literally. The
tibetan expression for bodhicitta is Byang chub sems, in which byang means pure, chub means perfect and sems means mind. In this perspective, this
"Pure and Perfect Mind" is a little different from the relative and effective bodhicittas. In the early Semde texts, this Mind is considered as the
“Quintessence of the Primordial Base” (ye gzhi snying po), i.e. the primordial state of the individual. In other words, what is designated as Great
Perfection is nothing other than this state, than this Pure and Perfect Mind. There are seven « qualities » or specificities associated with this state
1. free of subjectivity,
2. spontaneously accomplished,
3. Self-Arisen Wisdom,
4. without action or effort,
5. Great Bliss,
6. non-dual, and
7. free from elaborations.
John Hopkins....Northern New Mexico