Lama Surya Das – Awakening Now – Ep. 78 – The Three Vital Points

three vital points

Lama Surya Das explores the three vital points that strike to the heart of the matter of recognizing, exercising, and stabilizing our own Buddha Nature.

This Is It

Lama Surya Das opens the show with a story from Patrul Rinpoche about seeing things in their natural state. Even with all its suffering and tragedy, the world is perfect as it is.

“What kind of enlightenment are you looking for?” – Lama Surya Das

The Three Vital Points (5:46)

Lama Surya Das explores the three vital points of embracing our own Buddha Nature, and how we can exercise and fortify that nature over time.

“The Buddha Nature is in the bottle, but it gets better year by year.” – Lama Surya Das

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The Path of Progress (13:07)

The view, meditation, and action. This is the path of progress in the Dzogchen tradition. Lama Surya Das explores the methods of practice along this path.

“So that’s what this practice is like, just resting in the origin of all things and being Buddha.” – Lama Surya Das

Breaking Up the Solidity (18:12)

Lama Surya Das takes questions from the audience about breaking up the solidity that can form during habitual practices, and the difference between flowers and weeds.

“Not falling into any particular state, like not letting the free flowing waters freeze.” – Lama Surya Das

three vital points

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