Dzogchen Meditation

A Song to Introduce the Unmistaken View of the Great Perfection

By Khenpo Gangshar

 

Placing my head at the feet of the Dharma King, I offer homage: Bless me that I might see natural luminosity.

 

Hey, you of great fortune!

 

Sit without moving,

Like a tent peg driven into hard earth!

 

Gaze with your eyes neither open nor closed,

Like the eyes of a deity in a fresco!

 

And let your mind settle, loose and relaxed

Like a woolen blanket spread out on the ground…

 

At times like these, while resting in the utter brilliance that is the space beyond thought,

Which may be likened to a cloudless sky, you will experience unimpeded translucence like a faultless crystal.

 

That is none other than the view of the ultimate, the luminous Great Perfection. Resting in

Equipoise with the pure luminosity, vividly clear like the sky, dullness and agitation are

Naturally voided and do not arise anew – a faultless, brilliantly clear non-conceptual

Meditation. When thought arises, be it good or bad, it is recognized for what it is and will

Not disturb. Focus upon this method and view your genuine nature; effortless, it arises by

Relaxing into the expanse, and thoughts are pacified on their own ground.

 

When you are able to practice for longer periods, it can be like, for example, when muddy

Water is stirred up and then allowed to settle – the innate lucidity of the water becomes clearer.

Similarly, when myriad appearances arise and are realized to be like reflections,

They cause the natural clarity of mind itself to become ever clearer. This in turn leads to the effortless arising of various qualities, such as the various types of clairvoyance and so on.

 

Should even the Great Master of Oddiyana appear before you, he’d have nothing greater

Than this to say on the view of the Great Perfection.

 

Should even Longchen Rabjam appear before you, he’d have nothing greater to teach you

On the practice of taking thought as the path.

 

Should even the twenty-five exalted disciples appear before you, they’s have nothing

Greater to say concerning this practice.

 

As for myself, a yogin, this is my practice, and I have no greater meditation instruction to

Offer you.

 

You may analyze meticulously, but when a wind blows it naturally disperses the clouds and

The sky can be seen. Endeavour to see empty clarity, mind itself, in the same way – there

Is nothing greater than this understanding. If you don’t stir up the silt, the water will remain

Clear; as such, don’t analyze. Simply rest without contrivance and you will come to see the

Emptiness of mind itself. There is nothing greater to see than this!

 

There are many views, but that of the emptiness of mind itself, devoid of all grasping, is the

Unmistaken view of the Great Perfection. When death comes to yogis of this method they

Are able to seize the clear light of death.

 

Hearing about it is beneficial, but I pray the actual experience of clear light will become

Evident.

Written by the old ignoramus, Gangshar Wangpo. May it prove meaningful!

Translated by Sean Price, 2015