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Lions Roar : September 2010
63 SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2010 my intRoduction to the world of the great per- fection (Dzogchen in tibetan) occurred when i was just a small boy. the first years of my life were spent in my mother’s village near the border of tibet and nepal. i haven’t been back there since i was young, but i viv- idly remember the massive snow-capped mountains that towered above us on all sides and the flower-filled meadows that stretched out along the valley floor sur- rounding our village. looking from the outside, you would think that i was born with a charmed life. i lived in one of the most beautiful and serene places on earth, surrounded by people who loved me dearly. the elders of both sides of my family, moreover, were renowned spiritual teachers, so from the time i can remember i was exposed to the practice of meditation and its pow- er to transform the mind. despite these idyllic surroundings and the deep bonds i shared with my family, my charmed life took a turn for the worse one year. When i was about seven beyond meditation Grounded in our formal practice of meditation, we can relax into the vast, open awareness that is our ultimate nature. YonGeY MinGYur rinpoche tells the story of his own introduction to the Great perfection.