By Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
In 1980 on the Monte Faito retreat Chögyal Namkhai Norbu transmitted an entire and step by step procedure for coming into the perform of contemplation in accordance with the Dzogchen teaching.
Scanned and switched over by way of Yuchen Namkhai as a present of affection to the realm.
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If at that moment you are not disturbed by thoughts or by movements or by any external circumstance, however chaotic it may be, then you can say that your Shine is stable. 43 Part Two RELEASING __ &km� __ RELEASED SHINE As is evident from what has been said so far, the first thing that you must achieve is stable Shine. Once you have attained stable Shine, you have to release it. 'To release' means to liberate; but what is there to release? What must we be liberated from? Let us suppose that now we have ripened our ability to maintain a firm Shine, even for twenty-four hours.
See notes 2 and 3. The Precious Vase, Fixi ng a nds tabilisi ng to remedy this by doing something to wake up, such as for example particular breathing techniques, or you can raise your gaze higher, or go to practise somewhere more open. If you encounter the obstacle of obfuscation ( mugpa) you must train in visualisation, practising methods pertaining to the Way of Transformation or the Purification of the Six Lokas18• THE FOUR DEFECTS The practitioner's goal is to be in the state of presence, and then to maintain it, noticing all the defects in her practice and remedying them as necessary.
The only solution is to be in the state ofself liberation, leaving thoughts free, without pursuing them. However you must not remain indifferent, because that is nothing but distraction; on the contrary, you must always be present. If you are not present, the state you are in is no longer contemplation. When you have presence then every thought that arises liberates itself, like a wave arising in the sea and disappearing in the sea, or like a snake loosening its own knots. 35 Part one At times a snake will wind itself in knots, making a tangle so complicated as to seem inextricable to an observer.
An Introduction to the Practice of Contemplation by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu