17 - 22 August 2021

The Illumination of Primordial Wisdom

An Instruction Manual on the Utterly Pure Stage of Perfection of the Powerful & Ferocious Dorje Drolo Subduer of Demons by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

In his instruction manual entitled The llumination of Primordial Consciousness H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, presents concise, complete guidance on practices of śamatha and vipaśyanā within the context of the view, meditation, and conduct of the Great Perfection.

This is a direct path to first of all cutting through the ordinary mind of a human being to its underlying primal stream of consciousness known as the substrate consciousness, from which the mind emerges at conception and into which it dissolves at death. The mystery of the origin of the mind and what happens to it at death is thus illuminated through one’s own meditative experience.

On that basis, with one’s awareness refined through the training in śamatha, one proceeds to the practice of vipaśyanā to fathom the empty, essential nature of the mind and its manifest, luminous nature. Having recognized that the deluded mind of an ordinary sentient being appears but does not really exist, one is primed to cut through the conditioned mind to unborn, timeless, pristine awareness, which has never been contaminated by mental afflictions or other obscurations.

In this way, one realizes that one’s awareness has never been other than the dharmakāya, the mind of a buddha, and perfect enlightenment is realized spontaneously and effortlessly.

During this six-day retreat, Lama Alan Wallace will offer an oral transmission and commentary on these pith instructions, which he received from his primary Dzogchen Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche thirty-one years ago.

The retreat will consist of a line-by-line commentary on the manual itself, interspersed with background teachings from the Lake-Born Vajra, the Speech Emanation of Padmasambhava, to Dudjom Lingpa, who was Dudjom Rinpoche’s previous incarnation.

These teachings will be complemented with guided meditations and sessions for questions and answers.