Snippets from Longchenpa’s classic Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhist text, translated by Keith Dowman.
First let me tell you about ‘absence’,
the absence that is essentially emptiness:
in the super-matrix of pure mind that is like space
whatever appears is absent in reality. […]
Just as dream is a part of sleep,
unreal gossamer in its arising,
so all and everything is pure mind,
never separated from it,
and without substance or attribute, […]
In total presence, the nature of mind that is like the sky,
where there is no duality, no distinction, no gradation,
there is no view no meditation nor commitment to observe,
no diligent ideal conduct, no pristine awareness to unveil,
no training in the stages and no path to tread,
no subtle level of realization, and no final union.
In the absence of judgement nothing is ‘sacred’ or ‘profane’,
only a one-taste matrix, like the Golden Isle;
the self-sprung nature of mind is like the sky,
its nature an absence beyond all expression.
The actual essence, pristine gnosis,
cannot be improved upon, so virtue is profitless,
and it cannot be impaired, so vice is harmless;
in its absence of karma there is no ripening of pleasure or pain;
in its absence of judgement, no preference for samsara or nirvana;
in its absence of articulation, it has no dimension;
in its absence of past and future, rebirth is an empty notion:
who is there to transmigrate? and how to wander?
what is karma and how can it mature?
Contemplate the reality that is like the clear sky!
Constantly deconstructing, investigating keenly,
not even the slightest substance can be found;
and in the undivided moment of nondual perception
we abide in the natural perfection. […]
A fool deceived by magical illusion is like an animal
pursuing a mirage in his thirst for water;
expecting his delusive hopes to be realized,
trusting in his dogma, he is trapped;
losing his way on the eight-fold gradation of intellect,
he fails to see the real meaning. […]
In the absence of outside and inside, subject and object,
intrinsic gnosis, being out of time and space,
supersedes all finite events that seemingly begin and end;
pure as the sky, it is without signposts or means of access.
Any specific insight into gnosis is always deluded,
so that any spiritual identity, always delusive, is abandoned;
and convinced that the space of undifferentiated Samantabhadra
is the all-encompassing super-emptiness of all samsara and nirvana,
the natural state obtains as the reality without transition or change.
Breaking out of the brittle shell of discursive view
into the hyperspaciousness that is nowhere located,
in the experience of absence the crux of the matter is fully disclosed.
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[The undifferentiated peace of the nature of mind, realised, familiarised is like the home we have always searched for. Though once this is seen all the concepts and words like mind, realisation, familiarisation, home, the seeker, become undone, seen through, by no-one.]