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Wonders of the Natural Mind

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Wonders of the Natural Mind presents Dzogchen as taught in the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, the fundamental Bon text.

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The book summarizes the main points of Dzogchen and its relation to the various systems of Bon teaching. In offering these teachings, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche provides the reader with a vivid and engaging portrait of Bon culture as he interweaves the teachings with his personal story and reflections on the practice of Dzogchen in the West.

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"It is Tenzin's own experiences, both cultural and personal, that are the gem of this book, adding authority to his textual commentary."         ~John W. Tigue, Ph.D., Castleton State College

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"In order to be admitted to the teachings, before starting we were asked to recount our dreams to the master. These dreams served as signs, and as some practitioners did not dream, which was a bad sign, the master waited until everybody had dreams. According to the various dreams, he advised practices for purification, to remove obstacles, and to have contact with the Guardians in order to get their permission to receive the teachings. In my dream I was a bus ticket inspector, checking tickets that were like white A's printed at the center of pieces of cloth or paper of five colors like five-colored tiglés. The master said this was an auspicious sign.

A group of us, including Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, started to receive the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud teachings. The group consisted of about fifteen monks and one layman, and all were over forty years old. I was the only young boy with all these adults. After finishing the nine cycles of ngondro, I practiced powa with two other persons. We practiced individually, and I used to do the powa practice by myself in the storeroom of Lopon Tenzin Namdak's house. (The powa involves the transference of the consciousness principle in the form of a tiglé through a hole at the top of the head.) I also did my dark retreat in the same room.

Since I was not practicing intensively, it took me about a week to get the result, which consisted of the fontanelle's softening and eventually forming an actual opening. On a couple of mornings, I went to Lopon Sangye Tenzin before the other students arrived and he looked at the top of my head but saw that the fontanelle had not yet softened. My friends teased me, saying my head was like stone, and Lopon Sangye Tenzin suggested I do some group powa practice, with me at the center and the older monks around me.

Next morning when Lopon looked, he was at last able to insert a blade of kusha grass, which must stand upright in the hole in the fontanelle to demonstrate that the practice has been successful. The blade of grass was about twelve inches long and remained upright for three days. Sometimes I forgot I had it in my head and felt a painful sensation when I pulled my robe over my head, yanking the blade of grass. Also, if I walked in the street when it was windy, I felt as if an electric current were being channelled into the center of my body through the grass."

Author Wangyal, Tenzin
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 256 pp.
Publisher Station Hill Press 1993
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