In this talk, Lama Surya Das explores ways to cultivate our innate Buddha nature and teaches the natural meditation practices of Dzogchen.
Our Buddha Nature (Opening) – Lama Surya Das discusses the challenge of recognizing and cultivating our innate qualities. He reflects on the practices of natural meditation available in the Dzogchen tradition.
“As is said in the Dzogchen scriptures, naturalness is the great way with a big W.” – Lama Surya Das
The Natural Way (14:45) – What exactly is natural meditation practice? Lama Surya Das looks at how natural meditation differs from other Buddhist practices and discusses the unique characteristics of the meditation.
“Hearing is just hearing, nothing to listen to or think about. Seeing is just seeing, it is just the process. It is naked experience, unmediated by thoughts and concepts, including ‘me’ and ‘mine.’ You see, those ideas are already becoming secondary, tertiary. We are moving further away from direct and unmediated experience. In the hearing, you are just hearing and that’s it. That’s the appropriate functioning of the senses, then we can choose whether to think about it or not.” – Lama Surya Das
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Am I On the Middle Path? (28:55) – How does one know that they are actually walking the middle path or whether they are still acting out of delusion? Surya Das talks about the challenge of trusting our deepest intuition and being able to rely on our true selves.
“You are the only authority that you can really rely on. If you want, you can ask anyone; you can ask the Dalai Lama, or Jesus, or any philosopher, but the only person you can rely on is yourself. Only you know what is too much or too little.” – Lama Surya Das