Lama Surya Das – Awakening Now – Ep. 75 – Buddhas By Nature

buddhas by nature

Lama Surya Das explores the practice of Dzogchen, the three higher trainings, and how we are all Buddhas by nature.

Non-Meditation and Dzogchen 

Lama Surya Das introduces the concept of natural meditation. Also known as non-meditation or un-meditation, which emphasizes simplicity and letting go of goals. He discusses how Dzogchen practice is about cutting through the illusion of separateness. To see that we are all Buddhas by nature.

“So this Buddha nature we’re talking about is not a person, it’s not a man, it’s not an Indian, it’s not a religion – it’s an outlook, it’s a gnostic experience, it’s a direct perception or view. It’s the big picture.” – Lama Surya Das

The Three Higher Trainings (11:00)

Meditation, view, and action. These are Buddha’s three higher trainings, which form the Noble Eightfold Path when broken down. Lama Surya Das explores how the practice of non-meditation leads to the big picture. Buddha nature view, which leads to action that is proactive, rather than reactive.

“With this view, every action is an opportunity to see through the illusion of separateness, and see the light in everyone and everything.” – Lama Surya Das

Learn more about the Noble Eightfold Path with Jack Kornfield
Stop Overthinking It! (26:35)

Lama Surya Das takes questions from the audience about the Buddha within, non-dual wisdom, and more. He implores the audience not to overthink things when it comes to practice.

“With this practice, we’re not relying on intellect, analysis, and thinking. Aware of thoughts, aware of sounds, aware of sights… Awareness is the active ingredient, the higher power, the deeper power, the Buddha.” – Lama Surya Das

buddhas by nature

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