In the first half of this class Pema Khandro Rinpoche shares foundational teachings from Vajrayana Buddhism (with emphasis on the Inner Tantras and Dzogchen), exploring the nature of reality and the power of the mind. Our Dharma study of The Dakini’s Heart Essence begins with a discussion of ‘the most important point of the problem of the wish to awaken’ : the untamed ‘bewildered’ mind state. Rinpoche goes into detail about what the bewildered mind is, why it is the root cause of suffering and the various Buddhist methods of beginning to train it.

In the second portion we continue the study of the opening passage (page 5), exploring the initial instructions on how to listen and study the Dharma by unpacking the meaning of the ‘3-pots’ analogy.

Text to be studied: Great Perfection: Outer and Inner Preliminaries by the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche
The Excellent Chariot for the traveller on the Path to Liberation: A guide to the Dakini’s Heart Essence

Pages for this lesson: 5