Simplicity, free from conceptual mind,
Dawns as one taste, fresh relaxed.
Seeing nothing but That
Is the ordinary mind.
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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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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
John Hopkins....Northern New Mexico