Rigpa (Skt. vidyā; Tib. རིག་པ་, Wyl. rig pa)


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RIGPA...."In different traditions, Rigpa is called God, Self, Shiva, Brahman, Vishnu, Hidden Essence, or Buddha Nature"..(Sogyal: 1992..pg 47)...

Rigpa (Tibetan; Sanskrit vidya) is the primordial, nondual awareness advocated by the Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings.

Rigpa is a Tibetan word, which in general means ‘intelligence’ or ‘awareness’. In Dzogchen, however, the highest teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, rigpa has a deeper connotation, ‘the innermost nature of the mind’. The whole of the teaching of Buddha is directed towards realizing this, our ultimate nature, the state of omniscience or enlightenment – a truth so universal, so primordial that it goes beyond all limits, and beyond even religion itself.[1]—Sogyal Rinpoche

"Have you read Tony Duff's translations - specifically the short Padma Karpo books? He seems to be quite a stickler for accurate translations. He avoids translating the word 'rigpa' itself - probably a good idea, and one that appears to be spreading."


gzhir gnas kyi rig-pa - Awareness which abides as the Base

zang-thal rjen-pa'i rig-pa - a directly penetrating naked Awareness 

rang gi rig-pa - one's own immediate awareness

rang gis rang rig-pa - self-aware by itself

rang shes rig-pa'i rgyal-po - the King who is self-knowing Awareness 

rig-pa ngo-sprod - direct introduction to intrinsic Awareness

rig-pa gcer-bu - naked Awareness

rig-pa gcer mthong - seeing with naked Awareness

rig-pa rjen-pa - naked Awareness

rig-pa dbyings kyi sgron-ma - the lamp of the dimension of Awareness 

rig-pa tshad pheb kyi snang-ba - the vision of the increasing to the full measure of Awareness

rig-pa 'dzin-pa - vidyadhara, knowledge-holder

rig-pa'i khu-byug - the cockoo of Awareness

rig-pa'i rtsal - the potentiality of Awareness, the creative energy of Awareness

rig-pa'i rtsallhung-ba - fall into the potentiality of Awareness

rig-pa'i ye-shes - the knowledge which is immediate Awareness

rig-pa'i zang-thal - directly penetrating Awareness

rig-pa zang-thal gyi ngang - the state of directly penetrating Awareness 

rig-pa rang gnas - self-sustaining immediate Awareness

Developing the capacity for clear light dreams is similar to developing the capacity of abiding in the non-dual presence of rigpa during the day. In the beginning, rigpa and thought seem different, so that in the experience of rigpa there is no thought, and if thought arises we are distracted and lose rigpa. But when stabliity in rigpa is developed, thought simply arises and dissolves without in the least obscuring rigpa; the practitioner remains in non-dual awareness.....enzin Wangyal......Source: The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep, Pages: 63

Rigpa Beyond intellect, there is another layer of mind that is connected with fundamental intelligence. In Tibetan this is rigpa; in Sanskrit it is vidya. Rigpa means “knowledge that can comprehend subtle scientific experiences and demonstrations.” Rigpa is experience as well as referring to specific disciplines, such as the rigpa of scientific knowledge. It is very sharp, precise and proud of itself. It is like a computer, not of mathematics, but of self-respect, wholesomeness and command. Rigpa comprehends the fundamental sense of survival. It sees dualism and the sense of pattern. It comprehends a sense of being. Professor Guenther refers to noetic mind, which is rigpa or vidya. You have a sense of the actuality of being, which brings relaxation and less fear of existence. It is the pride of ego.....Chögyam Trungpa - Meditation: The Path of the Buddha (Talk 3)



July 2012

John Hopkins....Northern New Mexico


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