Session 35: Awareness of Awareness and Responding to Fear of Annihilation

B. Alan Wallace, 18 Nov 2010

In this session we practiced awareness of awareness. According to Padmasambhava, by doing this practice you may realize Rigpa or Pristine awareness. Alan talked about the differences between coarse impermanence and subtle impermanence. He referred to the individual stream of consciousness as one which is impermanent yet never terminates. Rigpa, however, is beyond change, it does not arise upon causes and conditions and it’s a dimension of awareness that transcends the concepts of permanence and impermanence. Letting go of categories, concepts and even the grasping to the experiences of bliss, clarity and non-conceptuality, we might be able to recognize Rigpa.

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