Simply Being

Simply Being

Simply being is the ground or basis of every occurrence; it is the unchanging awareness which reveals the ever-changing play of experience. This is dzogchen, the wholeness and completion within which we live. Dzogchen teaching recalls us to this open purity which we have never left, yet habitually disregard.

These teachings, the heart of the primordial buddha Samantabhadra, have been present in our world for many thousands of years, passed on in unbroken lineages in Tibet, and now spreading out in the world.

The ignoring of the intrinsic ground generates an illusion of subject and object as real and separate entities. Meditation reveals the delusion that manifests as separation of subject and object. With this awakening the given-ness of integration shines forth and accumulations of the tension, anxiety and assumptions that bind and restrict us are released without effort.

The purpose of this website is to offer the key points of dzogchen, illustrated with examples from everyday life. There are audio and video recordings and some transcripts of public talks and teaching retreats in Europe.

The teachings here are by James Low, according to the transmissions he received from his root teacher CR Lama and from other Nyingmapa lamas. Anyone who is interested is welcome to use this material to aid their awakening.

It is important, however, to adopt the right attitude and motivation. Traditionally the correct attitude is illustrated as follows: Do not consider the dharma to be a pod on the belly of a musk deer. Do not consider the teacher to be a musk deer. Do not consider yourself to be a hunter. Rather, see the dharma as a medicine, see the teacher as a doctor and see yourself as a sick person. Humility and gratitude are necessary to stop the ego’s tendency to feed on everything it finds. The correct motivation is that of developing one’s clarity and compassion in order to benefit all sentient beings. Worldly motivations such as seeking money, power, status and so on will pervert a pure motivation and will turn the medicine of dharma into a poison.

In order to bathe in the living stream of the dzogchen lineages it is important to make steps to gain transmission from a living teacher.

If there is some merit in this work, may it help all beings awaken.
If there is no merit, may its emptiness protect all beings from disturbance.