[Cover photo by Meg Wheatley]
Among the many highlights of the retreat. The Four Dharmas of Longchenpa with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu was the lung for the semde text, The Self Originated Victorious Peak of Pure Perfect Presence, from which the name of our Gar derives. Translated by Jim Valby, you can now purchase this text through the Shang Shung US bookstore. Click here.
The Dzogchen Semde text Changchub Sem Tsemo Chungyal (byang chub sems rtse mo byung rgyal}, was transmitted on this planet by Guru Garab Dorje a few hundred years after Buddha Shakyamuni's parinirvana. The text directly explains instantaneous primordial enlightenment, beyond cause and effect. The eighth century Tibetan master, Nubchen Sangye Yeshe, wrote the cryptic Commentary.
Pure Perfect Presence, through sound, light and rays, manifests all phenomena of the universe. The universe is already primordially enlightened as the non-dual state of compassionate energy and empty wisdom. Primordial liberation is not produced by antidotes, trainings, purifications or transformations. Pure Perfect Presence manifests teachers and teachings which correspond to the interests and capacities of students in different times and places.