Happy spring equinox to all of you
Lets allows the changes within each one of our cells to happen.
Create the space in you and around you so that your cells can do they transmutation toward higher frequencies.
Be beyond fear and open to embrace the new.
Be the presence, love radiance that you are.
Pictures taken in Yunnan and Sichuan China in March April 2016
Even a crow like to have fun!
This bird every morning comes and like to play by himself. He takes a small piece of wood in his mouth fly up, drop it, fly down go get it and he goes again and again.
Looks like he is having a great time.
Oh I can feel his joy!
If a bird can have fun with something so simple why can t you
First time playing with my new silk strings outside,
I love it!
Despite the cold air, playing the Guqin outside and sharing sound with nature is my favourite. Actually on the Sunshine coast of British Columbia, Canada
I would like to share some pictures from my times in Wudang shan where i have been 4 times to study in 11 years, hope I can return soon.
Wudang shan is the birth place of tai ji where the great Zhang Sanfeng create Tai Ji quan. Wudang kung fu is very complete and includes all aspect of Taoism.
Thank you to my 3 teachers in Wudang Shan : Master Yuan Xiu Gang, Master Gu and Master Chen Shiyu.
Before that I studied Tao arts like Yang , Chen Tai chi, Nei dang, Qi gong since 1989 where I started in Vancouver Canada with Sam Masich and then Andrea Falk, after that I did many workshop and short term study with other great Masters such as Master Chen Xioawan, Master Wang Bo and family... Thank you to all for the teachings you have transmit me.
It is so important to have good teachers in what ever field you study.
Many blessings to all of you on your journey of evolution and freedom.
Lets make a better world together by remaining Human with less co dependancies on technology but favorising live in person contact and Love Precence.
What ever path you choose from Buddhism, Dzogchen, Tao, Mystic Christianity, Shivaism… mastering the mind and steadying it to its true condition that is emptiness is the foundation of all path.
In Zen, Chan, Dzogchen, Tao…many time the expression of polishing your mirror is used.
This something that I insist a lot with the teachings of the Grace of Being.
I would say this is the first step for returning Home that is your true nature.
Here a quotation from the book: Women Taoist Immortal Sun Buer by Thomas Cleary
From the Embryonic Basis of Jade Purity school of Taoism.
‘You should teach the people to first learn to steady the mind. When the mind is steady, energy stays, when energy stays, the spirit is complete, and when the spirit is complete the body is firm. Do this continuously…The valley spirit, undying, merges with your real source.’
THE FINAL WORDS OF PADMASAMBHAVA TO YESHE TSOGYAL
Homage to the master.
Lady Tsogyal of Kharchen served the nirmanakaya Orgyen Padmakara from her eighth year, accompanying him like a shadow follows a body. When the master was about to leave Tibet for the land of the rakshas, I, Lady Kharchen, having offered a mandala of gold and turquoise and having arranged a tantric feast, a wheel of gathering, implored:
Great master! You are leaving to tame the rakshas. I am left behind here in Tibet. Although I have served you for a long time, master, this old woman has no confidence about the time of death. So I beseech you to kindly give me an instruction condensing all teachings into one, which is concise and easy to practice.
The great master replied: Devoted one with a faithful and virtuous mind, listen to me. Although there are many profound key points of body, rest free and relaxed as you feel comfortable. Everything is included in simply that.
Although there are many key points of speech such as breath control and mantra recitation, stop speaking and remain like a mute. Everything is included in simply that.
Although there are many key points of mind such as concentrating, relaxing, projecting, dissolving and focusing inward, everything is included in simply letting it rest in its natural state, free and easy, without fabrication. But the mind doesn’t remain quietly in that state.
You may wonder, is mind nothing? It still shimmers and flashes forth, like haze in the heat of the sun. You may wonder, is it something? It has no color or shape to identify it but is utterly empty and completely awake. That is the nature of your mind.
Having recognized it as such, to become certain about it, that is the view. To remain undistracted in the state of stillness, without fabrication or fixation, that is the meditation. In that state, to be free from clinging or attachment, accepting or rejecting, hope or fear, towards any of the experiences of the six senses, that is the conduct.
Whatever doubt or hesitation occurs, mentally call on your master for help. Don’t remain in places of ordinary people, practice in seclusion. Give up your clinging to whatever you are most attached to as well as to whomever you have the strongest bond with in this life, and practice. Like that, although your body remains in human form, your mind is equal to the buddhas’.
At the time of dying, you should practice as follows. When the earth element dissolves into water, the body becomes heavy and cannot support itself. When the water element dissolves into fire, the mouth and nose dry up. When the fire element dissolves into wind, body heat disappears. When the wind element dissolves into consciousness, you cannot but exhale with a rattle and inhale with a gasp.
Next you feel as if being pressed down by a huge mountain, being trapped within darkness, or being dropped into the expanse of space. All these experiences are accompanied by thunderous and ringing sounds. The whole sky is vividly bright like an unfurled brocade.
Now within a dome of rainbow lights the natural forms of your mind, the peaceful, wrathful, semi-wrathful deities and the ones with various heads begin to fill the sky. Some brandish weapons and utter “Beat! beat!” “Kill! kill!” “Hung! Hung!” “Phat! Phat!” and other fierce sounds. There is light like a hundred thousand suns shining at once. At this time, your innate deity will remind you of awareness saying, Don’t be distracted! Don’t be distracted! Your innate demon will disturb all your experiences, make them collapse and utter sharp and fierce sounds and confuse you.
At this point, know this: The feeling of being pressed down is not that of being pressed by a mountain. It is your own elements dissolving. Don’t be afraid of that! The feeling of being trapped within darkness is not a darkness. It is your five sense faculties dissolving. The feeling of being dropped into the expanse of space is not being dropped. It is your mind without support because your body and mind have separated and your breathing has stopped.
All the experiences of rainbow lights are the natural manifestations of your mind. The peaceful and wrathful forms are the natural forms of your mind. All sounds are your own sounds. All lights are your own lights. Have no doubt about that. If you do feel doubt, it throws you back into samsara. Resolve all this to be self-display, and when you then remain wide awake in luminous emptiness, simply in that you will attain the three kayas and awaken to enlightenment. Even if someone then cast you into samsara, you won’t go there.
The innate deity means undistracted presence of mind which right now arrests your thinking. From this moment, the most important point is rid this mind of hope and fear, clinging and fixation, toward the objects of your six sense faculties as well as to fascination, joy and sadness. If you already now become stable in this, you will be able to reassume your natural state in the bardo and awaken to enlightenment. The most vital point is therefore to sustain your practice undistractedly from this very moment.
The innate demon is your present tendency for ignorance, your doubt and hesitation. Whatever frightful phenomena appear at that time, such as sounds, colors and lights, don’t be fascinated, don’t doubt and don’t be afraid. Falling into doubt for even a moment, will cause you to wander into samsara, so gain complete stability.
Next you may experience the entrances to a womb in the form of celestial palaces. Don’t be attracted to them. Be certain of that! Be free from hope and fear! I swear there is no doubt that you will then become enlightened without taking further rebirths.
When this happens, it is not that you are helped by a buddha, because your awareness is primordially enlightened. It is not that you can be harmed by a hell, because fixation is naturally cleared away, fear of samsara and hope for nirvana are cut from the root. Becoming enlightened can be compared to water cleared of sediments, gold cleansed of impurities or the sky cleared of clouds.
Having realized space-like dharmakaya for the benefit of oneself, you will accomplish the welfare of sentient beings as far as space pervades. Having attained sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya for the welfare of others, you will benefit sentient beings as far as your mind pervades phenomena.
If this instruction is given three times to even a great sinner such as one who has killed his own father and mother, he will not fall into samsara even if thrown there. There is no doubt about becoming enlightened. Even if you have many other profound teachings, without an instruction like this, you remain far away from enlightenment. Since you don’t know where you may wander next, practice this with perseverance.
You must give this instruction to recipients who have great faith, strong diligence and are intelligent, who always remember their teacher, who have confidence in the oral instructions, who exert themselves in the practice, who are stable-minded and able to give up concerns for this world. Give them this with the master’s seal of entrustment, the yidam’s seal of secrecy, and the dakini’s seal of entrustment.
Although I, Padmakara, have followed many masters for one thousand eight hundred years, have requested instructions, received teachings, studied and taught, meditated and practiced, I have not found any teaching more profound than this. I am going to tame the rakshas. You should practice like this. Lady, you will become enlightened in the celestial realms. Therefore persevere in this instruction.
Having spoken, the precious master mounted the rays of the sun and departed for the land of the rakshas. Following that, Lady Tsogyal attained liberation. She committed this teaching to writing and concealed it as a profound treasure. She made this aspiration: In the future, may it be given to Guru Dorje Lingpa. May it then benefit many beings.
This completes the Sacred Refined Essence Instruction, the reply to questions on self-liberation at the moment of death and in the bardo. Samaya, seal, seal, seal.
Burning bodies in Pashupatinath gats, Kathmandu, Nepal
The impermanence of physical life is real !
Physical life is created from the Vast Spacious Light and descends with the five elements materializing and forming the physical body.
The origin of the body's creation remains a mystery, with many different points of view.
Our Spirit is connected to the Vast Spacious Light that some call God, Tao, Emptiness, Vast Grace Light…. many different names to express the same thing.
The process of creation happens when the 5 elements descend to compose mater. This is quite understandable and has been experienced by many Yogis/ Yoginis from diverse traditions.
When you die the reverse process is happening - each element dissolves one after the other and exitgs by the top of the head.
This is why in Buddhism, Taoism …we say all comes from nothingness, Tao, Emptiness… or the Vast Spacious Light and goes back to it.
Many inner practices are based on this knowledge, a knowledge that can only be gained via inner practice, where one can develop the absolute inner real knowledge of death and rebirth while alive in the physical body.
Once you have gained this inner knowledge - which comes from real experiences connected to the 3 vajras : body, energy, mind then all becomes more easy in life - one is able to really surrender to the Natural state and the moment.
From this we can understand that to conserve, cherish, and cultivate life one must nurture and protect the 5 elements that compose our physical body.
Those elements are not only present in our body but they also compose the matter here on earth and beyond!
Mother Earth is the gem of the 5 Elements manifestation when each one is very distinct in its on way.
We call her Mother Nature.
When in her presence we feel better because our inner elements can realign to their original frequency.
Today Mother Nature is getting abused and polluted in many ways, so sad!
Do you realize that this pollution is created by humans destroying Mother Nature... so they are destroying themselves.
Our life on earth must change if we like it to continue.
Time to develop more intimacy, communication, love, respect, and knowledge …with Yourself, Nature and the Divine Presence/Love or the Tao state, the Natural state, the God within…
If you are interested about gaining more inner knowledge about all this contact me this is all part of The Grace of Being teaching.
The Grace of Being path is very much connected to Dzogchen the path of self perfection.
On this journey the importance of a qualified teacher is essential. It is important to meet with your root teacher ( Guru, the one that show you the Light, this light is the Guru in you).
In the first statement of Garab Dorje we have direct introduction. Through direct introduction we can have the pointing out or merging into the natural state with the teacher where the student experience directly his Natural state, Buddha nature, Primordial state, Tao state.. it is at that moment that the teacher or Guru become the root Guru.
The root Guru has a very important role to play into your journey back home your true nature and manifestation !
Note that you can only have one root Guru, but many gurus teachers.
My root Guru is Namkhai Norbu Rimpoche, gratitude and homage to him.
When One spend time for example with me, during a retreat, sacred journey, having tea or what ever type of activities the potentiality to be introduce and experience to your natural state is big.
Being fully conscious and aware of your Natural state is just the beginning of the path. There is nothing more important than that.
This is why being in the physical presence of a teacher that have inner Knowledge of his true nature is important.
Namkhai Norbu Rimpoche wrote and I confirm this with my own experience:
"Once we discover our real nature, problems disappear, and it is no longer necessary to make any effort to overcome them. This is the value of the knowledge transmitted by the root teacher."
Question / Statement from a reader: "A logical fallacy disproven stunningly in the case of the monks in Tibet and Burma, some years ago, who believed this fervently, and took no measures to react to the invasion by Chinese troops. Many were slaughtered, others put in prison camps. Their monasteries were burned to the ground. After that, they woke up (some anyway, including the Dali Llama, who advises everyone today that after you meditate on your cushion, you must get up and take ACTION too. He woke up in time to heroically escape from Tibet before they could get to him.)"
Dhaya Dorje's Response: "The root guru is just there to guide or help you to your inner guru then the action is yours not related to the root guru. Not to be mistaken that you follow all what the root guru says. If he is real he will not tell you do this or that but take you back to your natural state so you see by yourself what is and what action is necessary."