Blog - Culture and traditionA galaxy of articles on the fundamentals of Dzogchen, its history and its relationship with other traditions. So many enlightening points of view for the connoisseur and the curious.
Culture and tradition
In “The Mountain is Alive 2”, Paul speaks of the Yul lha as deities-regions as well as protectors of living beings and spiritual teachings.
In the last post of this action series, ‘The Enlightened Activity’, Mila Khyentse talks about the universal compassion, enlightened activity.
In this article, “The Prom Reindeer”, Mila Khyentse talks about the Dzogchen qualities of Santa Claus’ eight or nine She Reindeers.
In “The mountain is alive! 1” Paul evokes the traditional link between nature and the living considering earth and landscapes as alive as the beings they shelter.
In this final article “The Friend of Good 4”, Grégoire talks about Sufi Islam and its similarities with Dzogchen.
In ” The Friend of Good 3″, Grégoire talks about the place of the master in some traditions of the ancient near east.
In “The Friend of Good 2, Dzogchen and its relation to Western traditions”, Mila Khyentse talks about the figure of the master in the West.
In this article, “The Friend of Good part 1”, Mila Khyentse talks about the Asian cradle of the spiritual figure of the Friend of Good.
In this article « Karma and justice » Grégoire asks whether justice is the same as karma, and if suffering and injustice are Great Perfection
The origin of the individual? In his article, Damien talks about how the Dzogchen approaches this question, notably through the example of Padmasambhava.
In his article “The lightning bolt of compassion”, Nils presents how the Friend of good can introduce the experience of the Great Perfection.
In this article, The Dzogchen Hero – 2, Johanne continues the exploration of the journey and how the hero turns to become a Friend of Good.
THE DZOGCHEN HERO 1In "The Dzogchen Hero 1", Johanne recounts the beginning of the apprentice hero's journey, in the footsteps of the Friend of Good…The Dzogchen Hero - part 1 or "Pawo" “How to Follow a Friend of Good” Series A hero's journey always begins in...
In “The Green Dwarf Friend”, Mila Khyentse Rinpoche talks about a planet far, far away, and the relationship with the Master via the Force.
In his article « Vacations in the nature of the mind”, Damien shows us that sensations are the luminous nature of our mind.
In this article “The Hermit Crab”, Grégoire talks to us about Dzogchen retreat practice. The retreat we all carry with us, within us…
In this article, “Making a Mountain out of a Molehill”, Paul the indoor yogi discovers the joys of solitude in a mountain retreat…or not.
In “The Hammock Swing”, Johanne tackles the central existential question: is life a hammock? And what does the Dzogchen have to say about it?
In this article “Mr. Beans’ holidays”, Nils draws a parallel between summer activities and the Three Series of the Path of Great Perfection.
In this article, “Catching the Wave in Dzogchen”, Mila Khyentse talks (a lot) about sand, surfing and the Dzogchen path.
In this article “The loss of the meaning of existence”, Damien Brohon talks about the feeling of the loss of the meaning of existence and the possibility of openness it offers us.
In this article “Hello my pain”, Paul tells us about his experience of degeneration and its integration through the practice of Dzogchen.
In this article, “Death on the Move (with its luggage), Mila Khyentse tells the story of a baggage-carrying zombie and a Master from Golok.
In this article “The Butterfly and the Garuda”, Nils Derboule talks about the chaos of life, control, and the way Dzgochen sees it.
In this article, “Spring”, spyid in Tibetan, Paul discusses the notion of renewal and beginning for Dzogchen.
In his article “Unstagrammable”, Paul depicts us our life between like(s) and dislike(s), between the extremes of existence and their end…
In this article, What is the Dzogchen “tradition”?, Damien Brohon talks about the reality of all traditions, and that of Dzogchen of course!
In this article, “The Path that leads nowhere”, Grégoire explains in a condensed form the path of Dzogchen: literally a “no-path”.
In this article “The Origin of the World 3: Universal Phenomena”, Mila Khyentse talks about the origin and death of universal phenomena.
In this article "The origin of the world 2: the display", Philippe Cornu addresses the notion of the display of reality for Dzogchen.The Origin of the World 2: The Display. About the deployment of the world from the luminous elements. Dzogchen has its little (or big?)...
In this article, “The Origin of the World”, Mila Khyentse talks about the origin of reality, the universe… according to Dzogchen.
In this article “The Transmission Lineage”, Mila Khyentse talks about one of the foundations of the Great Perfection: the lineage of teaching.
In this article, “Death”, Damien evokes in a direct and profound way what the end of life means and what it is for Dzogchen..
In this article, “The Old Age”, the third on a series on existence, Johanne talks about old age, time flying and what it means for Dzogchen.
In this article “The Sickness as Remedy”, the second in the series on existence, Nils discusses sickness and its reality for Dzogchen.
In this article, “Birth”, the first in a series on existence, Mila Khyentse tells us about birth from the Dzogchen point of view.
In this article, Johanne presents the direct transmission of Dzogchen, what she calls the “finger-pointing” Instruction of Garab Dorje.
In this article “What can a body do?”, Gregoire writes about what the Dzogchen tradition calls “the precious human existence”.
In this article, Paul draws a parallel between the Jedi Master and the Friend of Basic Goodness… May the Force be with us!
Mila Khyentse makes a direct commentary on one of the fundamental texts of the Dzogchen: The Small Hidden Seeds. What an extraordinary freedom!
The Small Hidden Seeds is one of the fundamental texts of Dzogchen. Here is the translation by Paul Baffier & the Dzogchen Today! translation committee.
The Light of the Night – Christmas – In this article Mila Khyentse talks about the light of the night and the importance of celebrations.
In the Peacock feathers radiant display, Johanne draws a beautiful parallel between emotions and the radiant display of a peacock’s feathers.
In this article, Damien talks about karmic creations and what this Sanskrit term means beyond the simplistic expression: it’s your karma, man!
In this article, Paul proposes an experience based on a traditional text of the great master Dzogchen Patrul Rinpoche.
The teachings have always emphasized a particular point which is considered the “trademark” of Dzogchen: Everything is Great Perfection.
Human life, a crossroads for understanding cosmos.
At a time when it is so fragile, when its ecosystem is threatened by its own activity, it is necessary to recall what the fundamental traditions underline: it is rare and precious.
In this article Mila Khyentse makes a railway parallel between the ascent to Darjeeling with the toy train and the path of Dzogchen.
In this article, Johanne emphasizes that the practice of Dzogchen is always done with our living conditions.
In this article Mila Khyentse talks about the importance to share the Dzogchen tradition and how to transmit it. This may help today!
In this article, Mila Khyentse talks about the need to adapt the Dzogchen teachings to the thinking and cultures of today and tomorrow.
In this article, Mila Khyentse addresses the issue of preserving the Dzogchen heritage today in the modern world.
In this article, Johanne talks about the encounter with Dzogchen: how it can happen and what the introduction can look like. A bit like the mountain yeti with a cup of tea!
There is a lot of talk about practice, but what is it really? Mila Khyentse talks about the basic steps and how one progresses towards the Great Perfection.
What is Dzogchen? It is the great perfection of our mind and the reality. It is our real nature, our path and our goal. It transcends illusion, impermanence and death…
It all goes back to Garab Dorje (who, according to tradition, appeared 160 years after the Buddha’s parinirvana) who transmitted to his disciple, Manjushrimitra, the sum of his teachings in 6,400,000 verses (Doha), his spiritual testament.
The Dzogchen tradition insists on the fact, from time to time and not necessarily for very long, to withdraw from the world in order to go deeper into the discovery of ourselves.
These are called solitary retreats and, whether in the mountains, in the countryside or by the sea, the most important thing is to be quiet and far from any human activity.
For the Dzogchen, all phenomena have a fundamental basis. However, this base is in no way different from all phenomena; it constitutes, for each one, the foundation.