Dzogchen (or the ‘Great Perfection’), is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the Buddhist teachings as it presents the most direct path to realising our true nature and to unveiling the deepest dimensions of consciousness.
The author of the text taught on this retreat, The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers, is the 19th-century Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa, who presents the view, meditation, and way of life of the Great Perfection from his own experience, inspired by his many visions of the ‘Lake-born Vajra’ manifestation of Padmasambhava who first introduced the teachings of Dzogchen to Tibet in the 8th century.
With delightful humility, he describes himself as an old vagabond, ludicrously clothed in mud and feathers, who has shaken his beggar’s satchel and presents these lucid teachings as what came out.
This retreat is intended for mature Dharma students with a strong basis in the foundational teachings and practices of the Sutrayana, who have faith in Dzogchen, and trust in the teacher. So this retreat may be regarded as an “advanced introduction” to the teachings and practices of Dzogchen.
The retreat took place on 5th – 13th June in Dorset, England.
MP3s of the full retreat week long can be accessed by clicking here