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Lions Roar : July 2014
O ur real mother is the spaciousness of wisdom, rigpa. so when phenomena arise—perceptions, thoughts, emotions of different kinds—gently introduce them to her. if a positive or negative emotion comes up, let them rest with their mother. wisdom doesn’t tell positive feelings such as loving-kind- ness and compassion, “please come in, you are welcome here.” nor does it say to stupidity, aggression, and clinging, “get out of here!” rigpa is a spacious mother to all her children; they know they are always welcome home just as they are. as practitioners of dzogchen, the great perfection, we let experiences unfold naturally, like clouds passing through an open sky. liberation does not mean suppression. it means let- ting everything unfold naturally. whatever the display is, allow it to arise and unfold as it is on its own. this is the opposite atti- tude of avoiding or suppressing our experience. wisdom is a bit laissez faire in this way. it freely allows whatever the display is to come and go by itself, without altering or modifying it. when we begin training to be a dzogchen yogi, we need to adjust our attitude. we need to be brave, gutsy, even heroic, so we can say to ourselves with confidence: “i will face whatever comes. if a painful state comes, never mind. if a pleasant state comes, never mind.” all thoughts, emotions, and experiences have the right to appear freely. we also have the right not to cling and grasp, not to continuously create samsara. in the end, all of this seeming display is our own phenomena anyway, a personal mandala, so we can be friendly and open toward it, allowing it to be. after we have spent some time training in this way, we will begin to feel more confident, self-contained, and self-assured. we may not know where this feeling is coming from, but we begin to sense that something deep within us is changing. this is the beginning of real confidence, because we know we can cope with any situation. for the first time, we are not afraid of ourselves at a deep level. this is very precious, a wonderful, freeing feeling. this also means that for the first time in our lives we expe- Dzogchen The Sky of Wisdom Let the display of thoughts, emotions, and perceptions unfold naturally and without clinging, says tsoknyi rinpoche, like clouds passing through an open sky. photoByZsoltsütö/Zsolt.ro SHAMBHALA SUN JULy 2014 60