Join Lama Alan Wallace for this six-day retreat in which he offers an oral transmission and commentary on the pith instructions, The Illumination of Primordial Wisdom, which he received from his primary Dzogchen Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche more than thirty-one years ago.
This retreat, recorded in 2021, consists 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.
The teachings are complemented with guided meditations and sessions for questions and answers.
About This Course
In his instruction manual entitled The Illumination of Primordial Wisdom, 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.
B. Alan Wallace is one of the world’s leading scholars, writers, and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, and an outspoken advocate for a revolution in the mind sciences, one that will replace the current paradigm of materialist reductionism with a new paradigm based on contemplative methods of inquiry into the nature and potentials of the mind.
With more than 40 years of formal studies in the Indo-Tibetan tradition (including 14 years as a monastic) and prestigious degrees from Amherst College and Stanford, he is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between modern science and the time-tested approaches to contemplative practice preserved by multiple lineages. A student of the Dalai Lama and many other renowned teachers, he authored and translated more than 40 books on the philosophy of consciousness, Tibetan Buddhism and applied contemplative practice.
Detailed biography: https://www.alanwallace.org/about-alan-wallace/
Books by B. Alan Wallace: https://www.alanwallace.org/writings/books/