Dzogchen Meditation

Meditating within the view of non reference point.

In terms of authentic Buddhist meditation it is of supreme importance to understand the essence of the statement "meditate within the view of non reference point." With the practice of sitting and following the outbreath--called "mixing mind with space"-- the outbreath that we tune in to is a neutral occurrence. We have no opinion for or against the outbreath. So this becomes the method of non reference point. We mix what arises in mind with this technique which uncouples the object that arises from our habitual storyline. The main obscuration we encounter is generally being unconscious of subtle habitual storylines running through our minds so it is very important to refine our practice to the point where we can recognize both course and subtle thoughts.

The first of the four yogas of Mahamudra "one pointedness" is our entry point into genuine practice.  This is the definitive point. It is momentary, like shouting "phat"! Or as Trungpa Rinpoche says-- it is a "flash" of being completely present with the technique.  After the flash we disown any sense of continuing a particular discipline until the next outbreath then we flash on that again.

"The primordial dot spreads out to fill the whole of space."

 Through this training what arises in our experience is freed from habitual reference point (ego). We just flash again and again with no agenda -- then experience develops and expands-- outer objects, the phenomenal world; inner objects; emotions and even thoughts manifest in a groundless and rootless way -- this is the experience of "non reference point."  The four yogas describe this as the development from one pointedness to nonelaboration to one taste and nonmeditation. Experience is "self liberated." But the main feeling non reference point experience is "groundless and rootless" (what Trungpa Rinpoche referre to as "no-man's land") which is the ultimate meaning of vipashyana.

All the practices we engage need to be understood from the perspective of non reference point. The inner yogas, the practice of tonglen, yidam practice, and guru yoga. Failing to understand the view of non reference point is the root cause of theism and spiritual materialism.




Tashi Armstrong SKO