Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Six Lamps: Lhündrub Tögal & the Vima Nyingtik


Dzogchen Explorations

Okar Research


"Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is coming once again to Switzerland to continue the series of Dzogchen teachings from the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, the unbroken oral transmission lineage of the Tibetan Bön tradition. He will be teaching again from the text entitled The Six Lamps......Lhündrub Tögal.....The Six Lamps brings us to a direct experience of the dimension of pure light: the luminous self-awareness of the mind, or rigpa. The practice of the Six Lamps directly introduces us first to our inner light - helping us to overcome the internal darkness of ignorance, doubt and negative emotions. Then, it introduces us to the external manifestation of that light, helping us overcome the external darkness......Tenzin Rinpoche on the Practice of the Six Lamps:.....“Among the Dzogchen teachings it is considered as one of the most important cycles. It is the ‘crème de la crème’ of Dzogchen."......

There are three requirements before a student may begin a practice:
1. the empowerment (Tibetan: wang)
2. a reading of the text by an authorized holder of the practice (Tibetan: lung)
3. instruction on how to perform the practice or rituals (Tibetan: tri).
An individual is not allowed to engage in a deity practice without the empowerment for that practice. The details of an empowerment ritual are often kept secret as are the specific rituals involved in the deity practice.

"The Six Lamps........According to the Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung — one of the principal dzogchen (Great Perfection) lineages of the Bön tradition — our suffering in samsara can be traced to a single cause: our failure to comprehend that external appearances are only a manifestation of our own innate awareness. The text of "The Six Lamps" carefully investigates the precise manner by which innate awareness is situated in our body, travels through the channels of the energy body, arrives at our eyes, and emerges as external appearances......The teaching of the Six Lamps guides us to experience pure vision by recognizing the clear light of self-awareness in all levels of our existence:
* In the vast, infinite space that is the base-of-all
* In the space within our heart center
* In the subtle channels of our sacred body that connect the heart with the eyes
* In the external space surrounding us
* In all external visions
* In the visions we experience after death
Ultimately this practice is a path to self-liberation, enabling one to experience all visions of the bardo (the transitional state after death) as inseparable from one’s own essence, the essence of Samantabhadra, the primordial Buddha"..... Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.... "Healing with Form, Energy and Light", pages 113-120.

"Younge Khachab Rinpoche Dzogchen Retreat...Vimalamitra's Instructions on The Six Lamps (Translation by Erik Drew)....The Seventh Annual Summer Dzogchen Retreat will present Vimalamitra's Instructions on The Six Lamps. These are the essence of the Vima Nyingtik, which differs from the common 4 or 6 Lamps of Togal practice. Vimalamitra's Instructions reflect his own experience on the base of Trekcho and Togal. They also contains detailed instructions on Space and Primordial Wisdom. Thus, it is of great benefit to both new and experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Most importantly, Rinpoche will lend to the teachings his own personal experience, understanding and practical meditative techniques."....

"Lhündrub Tögal (Tibetan: ལྷུན་གྲུབ་ཐོད་རྒལ།, Wylie: lhun grub thod rgal) is a Dzogchen term and practice which holds the semantic field "leaping over", "direct crossing" and "direct approach". The Menngagde or 'Instruction Class' of Dzogchen teachings are, for instruction, divided into two indivisible aspects: Kadag Trekchö and Tögal (thod rgal). The practice of Trekcho is the basis for the practice of Tögal......Tögal is the practice of "the six lamps" which constitute the preliminaries and the main practice......The preliminaries constitute the practice of separating samsara and nirvana, "djungne-drosom".......The term 'lamp' connotes something that dispels darkness and refers to the illuminating quality of the practitioner's basic nature. This lamp has six aspects:
the abiding lamp of the ground
the citta flesh lamp
the smooth white channel lamp
the distant lasso water lamp
the pure lamp of the expanse
the bardo lamp of time

sgron-ma drug - the 6 lamps (aspects of light in Thodgal)

'phro-ba - to emanate, to project, to diffuse, to proliferate

sgra 'od zer - sounds, lights, and rays

dkar cha - white essence

dkar lam - whiteness experience

dkar 'jam rtsa'i sgron-ma - the lamp of the smooth white nerve 

SIX LAMPS......"Everything that arises as manifest phenomena, consisting of sounds, lights, and rays (sgra 'od zer gsum), whether as pure vision or as impure karmic vision, is part of one's own potentiality (rang rtsal), the manifesting of the energy of one's intrinsic Awareness (rig-pa'i rtsal) in external space (phyi dbyings). This energy, in the form of light, originates in the physical heart (tsit ta)of the individual. From the interior space within the heart this inner light (nang 'od, Sanskrit: antarayotih) proceeds upward through a translucent channel called the Kati, or smooth white nerve (dkar 'jam stsa) and then exits the body by way of the gateway of the physical eyes....This internal luminosity, projected outside the heart, manifests in external space as something apparently real and substantial, like a cinema show projected onto a great screen surrounding the individual. One then becomes lost in the fascinating display of the show, as if one were caught up in a dream where everything seems objective, solid and real....The individual wanders around in circles, becoming lost in this projection....Thus one comes to live in one's projections and not in their source. This process of projection ('phro-ba) is described in terms of SIX LAMPS or lights (sgron-ma drug):
1. Lamp of the dimension of Awareness (rigpe dbyings kyi sgron-ma)
2. Lamp of the flesh-like heart (tsit ta sha'i sgron-ma)
3. Lamp of the smooth white nerve (dkar 'jam stsa'i sgron ma)
4. Lamp of the water (globelike eye) that lassos everything at a distance (rgyang zhags chu'i sgron-ma)
5. Lamp of the empty tiny spheres of light (thig-le stong-pa'i sgron-ma)
6. Lamp of self-originated wisdom (shes-rab rang-byung gi sgron-ma)
From: The Second Statement of Garab Dorje...."In the state of immediate Awareness one directly discovers that all of one's final visions (the tiny spheres of rainbow light) are actually arising from within oneself."......John Myrdhin Reynolds....'The Golden Letters'....Page 157

Purifying Your Vision Through the Practice of the Six Lamps
Annual Summer Retreat With Honored Guest H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.....His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche will honor us by beginning our retreat with three precious days of initiations and transmissions. Immediately thereafter Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will offer teachings of the Six Lamps from the Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung, the most important cycle of dzogchen teachings in the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet. .... The second aspect to the Togel practice, the six lamps, the main part of the Togel practice. The six lamps are the training or familiarization to achieve liberation at the time of death in the bardo of dharmata. Through the familiarization with these practices in this lifetime the present bardo, the practitioner with the ability of some recognition of his or her minds nature, can gain the ability not to be overwhelmed by the appearances during the bardo of dying. This recognition is what is known as the merging of the luminosity of mother and child; their previous recognition will mix with their identification of it. The mother is the luminosity of the ground which is recognized and the child is the experience of dharmata which one previously cultivated.

The A-krid system was founded in the 11th century by Dampa (Holy Man) Meu Gongjad Ritro Chenpo (1038-1096), who extracted the original teachings from the Khro rgyud cycle of teaching by Tonpa Shenrab........ the Great Gongdze Ritro Chenpo (1038-1096)....A-Tri (A-Khrid), literally “The Guidance of the Primordial State” is one of the three principal Dzogchen (Great Perfection) traditions within Bön. It was founded in the 11th century by Ritro Chenpo (1038-1096), known simply as “the holy man,” who systematized previous teachings and added his own mind-treasures to create a succession of eighty practices. These were later organized into thirty sessions


John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….March 2013


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