Dudjom Rinpoche on Guru Yoga and the Essence of Practice

HH Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

This is the essence of practice:

Pray to your Lama and, while praying, blend your mind inseparably with your Lama’s wisdom mind.
Having merged inseparably, settle in the state of naturalness, the nature of mind.

To be settled in the state of naturalness, this fresh knowing
Uncontrived and unaltered, is luminous naked awareness.
When thoughts arise within that nature,
Recognize them on arising, and relax within that recognition.
Their arising and liberation occur simultaneously, like a drawing on the water’s surface.

When thoughts do not arise, that is non-meditation free from thoughts.
Emptiness, beyond meditator and object of meditation,
Is called ultimate wisdom present from the beginning.
Give up hope and fear; hold to the natural state of awareness.

Thoughts are delusion; stop following after them.
Hope and fear are obstacles; don’t go to greet them.
If you can rest within the nature that is beyond intellect and activity,
You will definitely discover the dharmakaya in your own heart.


Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje ~
Wisdom Nectar – Shambhala Publications

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How to Meditate with Confidence

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“whatever phenomena or conceptualization arise, do not stop them. Just let them come, self-occurring. Without following them, they become naturally pristine, or peaceful. When one gains confidence in abiding in the great, uncontrived, effortless nature of evenness for a long time, whatever phenomena arise, one will not cling or be attached to them the same as before. Whatever outer or inner phenomena occur, including those of the eight consciousnesses—which are the five sense consciousnesses of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body, the consciousness of mind, the mind of the passions, and the consciousness of the basis—they become lighter, so one is not going to materialize them. For example, even if one dreams, clinging and attachment to the dream have ceased.”

— A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche


Absolute Purification of Vajrasattva

“In the absolute sense there is nothing to be purified, no one purifying, and no act of purification. But since we cannot seem to leave it at that, the defilements and obscurations arise. In the illusory perception of our ego-clinging, we experience endless suffering. Since we feel a need for purification, we have this practice as a relative skillful means.

Vajrasattva arises from our nondual awareness, and we visualize his flowing nectar cleansing our defilements. Along with the visualization we say the hundred-syllable mantra, and at the end Vajrasattva dissolves into one’s being, so that ultimately we reach the level of rigpa. In this state there is no defilement that needs to be purified, there is no Vajrasattva who purifies, there is no hundred-syllable mantra as the means of purification. In the natural state of things, in the state of what is, everything is primordially pure like the sky. This is the absolute purification of Vajrasattva.”

“Ngondro Practice According to the Dzogchen View”
His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

Excerpted from Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches’ book, Illuminating The Path