By Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
In 1980 on the Monte Faito retreat Chögyal Namkhai Norbu transmitted a whole and step by step strategy for getting into the perform of contemplation in line with the Dzogchen teaching.
Scanned and switched over by way of Yuchen Namkhai as a present of affection to the area.
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A Buddhist tantra relates that a Bodhisattva once met the chief of a group of pretas; the chief was seated on a throne, and tied to the pedestal of the throne there was a small, very hungry preta with a huge belly, a big mouth and a very thin throat. After a while the chief departed, and the bound preta asked the Bodhisattva for some water as it was thirsty. Moved by great compassio n the Bodhisattva immediately gave it some water, but as soon as the preta touched the water it was burnt. The water had turned into fire due to the preta's karmic vision.
But the snake has no need of our help, if we stand by and watch we will see that at j ust the right time it knows how to get loose with the greatest naturalness. The same applies to thoughts; if we observe them without pursuing them and without intervening they liberate themselves. A practitioner who observes thoughts well will discover that there is nothing to find. There is no place where thoughts originate, there is no place where they abide, and there is no place where they end up. All he finds is emptiness.
A fish sees the river water as a home, its existential dimension. The preta, that does not have the karmic cause to enjoy even a drop of water, perceives it as its opposite, as scorching flames. A Buddhist tantra relates that a Bodhisattva once met the chief of a group of pretas; the chief was seated on a throne, and tied to the pedestal of the throne there was a small, very hungry preta with a huge belly, a big mouth and a very thin throat. After a while the chief departed, and the bound preta asked the Bodhisattva for some water as it was thirsty.