Ground & Path
All the Buddhist teachings are explained in terms of Ground, Path, and Fruition. The ground of Dzogchen is the fundamental, primordial state, our absolute nature, which is already perfect and always present. It is described as being endowed with three qualities: its essence, its nature and its compassionate energy. Although conceptually we make distinctions between them, these three qualities of the ground of being are united.
In the general Buddhist teachings, the Ground is also referred to as the buddha nature. The buddha nature speaks of our potential for enlightenment, the seed of buddha or seed of enlightenment that all of us have within us.
At the moment, the Ground of our true nature is obscured and we are on the path of delusion, but we can cut through that delusion, to return to our original nature.
The way we do that is by taking the Path of View, Meditation and Action. Through View, Meditation and Action, we recognize the Ground of our true nature and make it into our reality.
When the Ground is fully realized, that is the Fruition: we attain complete liberation and become a buddha.
This course covers the sections on the Ground and Path in the first part of the Mengak Study Pack. The Mengak Study Pack constitutes a unique collection of Sogyal Rinpoche’s best teachings and is designed to provide a thorough education for students. The teachings on the Ground and Path represent a substantial body of the first part of the Mengak Study Pack.
This course offers students a means for studying these teachings while at the same time applying them in their practice and integrating them in life. Through group work and home study, students have opportunities to develop their knowledge, experiment with different study methods and assess where they can get stuck.
In addition to studying the teachings on Ground and Path, practice support is provided, and ways to bring the teachings into the practice are explored.
11 Mondays, Jan. 13 – Apr. 14
7pm – 9pm
Open to Meditation Mandala students
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The Mengak Study Pack can be obtained from ZAM, www.zamamerica.org