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In this retreat, the meaning of the teachings that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu offered in the book The Mirror—An Advice on Presence and Awareness, as well as in its self-commentary, will be elucidated. The book teaches Dzogchen practice in a twofold way: it teaches how to gain access to and to maintain the state of rigpa, and how to, whenever the practitioner cannot keep to that condition, apply relative presence (tenpa [Wylie dran pa]) and responsible awareness (shezhin [Wylie shes bzhin])—and also teaches how to regulate one’s behavior with the presence of responsible awareness (tenpa dang shezhin; Wylie: dran pa dang shes bzhin; Skt. smṛtisaṃprajanya; Pāḷi satisampajañña; Ch. 正念慧 [Hànyǔ Pīnyīn, zhèngniànhuì; Wade-Giles, cheng4-nien4-hui4]).

This practice is the basis for recognizing the bad intentions that precede negative actions, so that one can abstain from carrying them out, and the good intentions that precede positive actions, so that we can carry them out. Moreover, in order to continue in the state of rigpa, we need to use relative presence to recognize thoughts and observe them with bare awareness, so that they self-liberate—in which case, the relative presence self-liberates simultaneously with the thought that was recognized and observed with naked awareness.


The Mirror - An Advice on Presence and Awareness by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Teachings by Elias Capriles accompanied by Dzogchen practices

September 30 - October 09/2021


2 sessions each day: 10am-12m and 4pm-6pm

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  • Spanish translation is available

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Elias spent 10 years in South Asia where he met his first Dzogchen teachers and did many 3-month retreats focused mainly on Trekchöd. He received teachings on Trekchöd from Trinley Norbu Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche, and the main cycles of Nyingma empowerments from the other Great Masters of the 1970s. It was also at that time that he met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, his last great Dzogchen teacher. Currently he is an instructor of Buddhism and Dzogchen certified by Dzogchen Master Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He lectures, leads workshops and teaches courses in many countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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El espejo - Un consejo sobre la presencia y la consciencia responsable 
por Chögyal Namkhai Norbu


Dzamling Gar, 30 de Septiembre – 09 de octubre
10 AM a 12 M
4 PM (16 horas) a 6 PM (18 horas)


Enseñanzas por el Instructor de SMS Elías Capriles
acompañadas de practices de Dzogchen

En este retiro, se dilucidará el sentido de las enseñanzas que Chögyal Namkhai Norbu ofreció en El espejo: Un consejo sobre la presencia de la consciencia responsable, así como en su Auto-comentario. Dicho libro enseña la práctica del Dzogchen de dos maneras: lo principal es aprender cómo acceder a y mantener el estado de rigpa, mientras que lo segundo es, cada vez que el practicante no pueda sostener dicha condición, cómo aplicar la presencia relativa (tenpa [Wylie dran pa]) y la consciencia responsable (shezhin [Wylie shes bzhin]), al igual que cómo regular la propia conducta con la presencia de la consciencia responsable (tenpa dang shezhin; Wylie: dran pa dang shes bzhin; Skt. smṛtisaṃprajanya; Pāḷi satisampajañña; Ch. 正念慧 [Hànyǔ Pīnyīn, zhèngniànhuì; Wade-Giles, cheng4-nien4-hui4]). Esta práctica es la base para reconocer las malas intenciones que preceden a las acciones negativas, de modo que podamos abstenernos de realizar estas últimas, así como las buenas intenciones que preceden a las acciones positivas, de modo que podamos realizarlas. Más aún, inicialmente, a fin de continuar en el estado de rigpa, tenemos que usar la presencia relativa para reconocer los pensamientos y observarlos con atención desnuda, de modo que se auto-liberen —con lo cual la presencia relativa se auto-libera simultáneamente con el pensamiento que se reconoció y observó con atención desnuda.
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