Lama Surya Das – Awakening Now – Ep. 82 – Seeing with Naked Awareness

Lama Surya Das - Awakening Now - Episode 82 - Seeing with Naked Awareness

This time on the Awakening Now Podcast, Lama Surya Das teaches the first steps in practicing Dzogchen non-meditation and seeing with naked awareness.

Seeing with Naked Awareness

Lama Surya Das looks at what is possible through the view of naked awareness that is available through non-meditation practices. He examines the Buddha’s teachings around entering the state from which naked awareness is experienced.

“In this practice, we assume our Buddha seat and proceed from there. Allowing the flow of awareness proceed unhindered. – Lama Surya Das

The View of the Great Perfection (17:10)

What is the most basic aspect of naked awareness practice? Lama Surya Das teaches the first steps in opening ourselves to pure experience. He looks at how our ethics and actions affect our perspective and awareness.

“Just sitting – natural body, aware of physical sensations. Just beathing – natural breath, aware of breathing in and out. I know it does not sound like much, but there is a lot in it and a lot we are not doing – that we are letting go of. Not compulsively thinking. No linear analysis, you can do that other times. Not visualizing, not radiating light, not healing. Just sitting, breathing and awaring.”- Lama Surya Das

The Bigger Picture (28:50)

Lama Surya Das takes questions from his live audience around the view, seeing with naked awareness and navigating the spiritual path.

“In Dzogchen, this is called swooping down from above. Starting from the bigger picture of seeing things as they are. This is a universal teaching, predating Buddhism.” – Lama Surya Das

Explore the distractions and deviations that keep us from experiencing the view of naked awareness on Ep. 57 of the Awakening Now Podcast

Lama Surya Das - Awakening Now - Episode 82 - Seeing with Naked Awareness

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