Over the past twenty years I have engaged with dharma practice and teachings which have profoundly changed my view of the world, of my self, and the relationship to what I took to be as completely separate from me, as truly ‘other’.
This new relationship is not really new but is pre-existing, a given, the astonishing ignored truth of us all without exception.
Usually we look at the world through eyes which are clouded by conditioned beliefs… so to have the opportunity to look through a pair of eyes which are clear, is a rare and liberating privilege.
I borrowed those of James Low who has been offering this unclouded view for many decades, teaching dzogchen around the world. Back in 2010 he gave me encouragement to teach ‘as much as you can’. I took this to mean ‘teach a lot’ but it could equally well have meant ‘teach as much as you are able to, just now’…which is rather different!!
But either way I have learned that it’s through engaging with the process that learning takes place… and that as we apply these teachings in our everyday lives our own eyes open wider. Freedom and the complexities and constraints of life are not in opposition and an on-going freshness is the flowering of the freedom of our natural condition.
If you are interested in dzogchen, the great completion teachings, then I invite you to explore the vast array of teachings on the web-site simplybeing.co.uk with which this site is linked.
The Macclesfield talks on the simplybeing.co.uk web-site are a set of teachings which offer an exposition of the dzogchen view…here is a list of links to the audios and videos currently available. These talks also cover many different approaches within dharma teachings, explaining both how they relate to each other and their application in everyday life.
You will surely find your own unique way into engagement but I recommend them most highly; for me they acted as ladder and springboard …