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John Myrdhin Reynolds (Vajranatha) is a writer teacher translator and scholar/ practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He was trained and ordained as a Tantric Yogin. However, one must clearly distinguish the reflections from the mirror. In the same way, the Nature of Mind has the capacity to be aware of. John Myrdhin Reynolds has 14 books on Goodreads with ratings. John Myrdhin Reynolds’s most popular book is Self-Liberation Through Seeing with.

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The thrust of this research was experiential and participatory, and not just restricted to texts.

The Nature of the Mind is like the mirror and the mind or thought process is like the ever-changing reflections appearing reynolxs the mirror. In the same way, the Nature of Mind has the capacity to be aware of whatever may arise, yet these phenomena and thoughts whether good or bad, which arise to consciousnessin no way change or modify the Nature of Mind.

Do we see our brain? This page was last edited on 9 Februaryat Thus, we may speak here of processes and the mind-stream as against substances and entities. It is inferred and conceptualized and reynoles from our sense experienceespecially from our eye-hand coordination.

The mental and physical events that occur in consciousness which comprise these processes can then be nyrdhin into view. Retrieved from ” http: In our normal waking state consciousnessafflicted with constant distractionswe live in the condition of the reflections, whereas in the state of contemplation we find ourselves in the condition of the mirror.

Healing has always been fundamental to Buddhist practice ever since Shakyamuni Buddha expounded his Dharma teachings regarding the eliminating of mental and emotional suffering in terms of a medical diagnosis of the human condition. In San Diego, California, he established the Vidyadhara Institute for Comparative Studies in Mysticism and the Esoteric Traditions which, in the near future, will publish or republish a series of monographs on Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and also on various topics from the History of Religions, focusing on a comparive study of Buddhism and Bon with other mystical traditions such as Gnosticism, Neo-Platonism, Early Christianity, Kabalah, and Sufism, as well as dealing with the questions of East-West Psychology and meditation practice.


We infer its existencebut we do not sense or experience matter directly.

What is Dzogchen by John Myrdhin Reynolds

Thoughts and conceptual constructions all take time to formeven if that time is only a fraction of a second. Is the mind located inside the head, in our brain? Dorothea Mihm, This e-mail address is being reyynolds from spambots.

Moreover, energy has the characteristic that it can change and transformso the methods of Tantra are said to represent the path of transformation.

Books by John Myrdhin Reynolds (Author of Self-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness)

We would also appreciate your feedback on Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. It is not a direct perception. Death and Rebirth Chinese Buddhism Traditions: If so, what renolds this mind stuff? If we see it and can touch it, we think that it is something real. In itself, energy is without formbut it may be given form by means of ritualincantation, and visualization.

Does it have a color or a shape? His special study was Dzogchen and the Buddhist Tantras, both in their own terms, and in comparison with Gnosticism and other mystical traditions of the West.

John Myrdhin Reynolds / Vajranatha

Experience is always the touchstone. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Instead of speaking about a self as a substance atmanhe spoke of the five skandhasor five interactive processes involved in every event in consciousness. The Precepts of the Dharmakaya Buy Now! It represents a combination of sight and touch. But is that us? At times this consciousness is bright and focused, at other times dull and diffused, at yet other times subliminalalmost unconscious.

This distinction may be illustrated by the example of the mirror and the reflections that appear in the mirror. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Advance notice of attendance is suggested.


As his principal focus, he continues his research into the historical origins of Dzogchen in both the Nyingmapa and the Bon traditions, and especially into the connections of Dzogchen and the Bon tradition with the Iranian religious culture of ancient Central Asia and the West, including Iranian Buddhism, Mithraism, and Gnosticism.

Do we experience it directly? However, here in Myrdhnthe concern is not just with the manifestations of energybut with the deep hidden sources of psychic energynamely, the Nature of Mind.

Finding oneself in the Nature of Mind and its capacity for intrinsic awareness Rigpa is what is meant in the Dzogchen context by contemplation.

Practice of Dzogchen in the Zhang-zhung Tradition of Tibet. Therefore, when our conscious dwells in them, we are living in the past and not in the present in terms of what we actually experience here and now.

However, one must clearly distinguish the reflections from the mirror. Marti, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. But the Sutra system is actually concerned with our whole dimension of embodied existence. Is mind made out of something? Electro-chemical activity—these are just words, but is that what we experience? Buddhist Terms John Myrdhin Reynolds: Death and Rebirth Chinese Buddhism Traditions: Is it just the gray matter in the brain?

So, in terms of Dzogchenwe must clearly distinguish between mind or the thought process and the Nature of Mind. With the inspiration and permission of His Holiness, he began in-depth research into the Ngakpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism stemming from Guru Padmasambhava and Nubchen Sangye Yeshe in the 8th century of our era.

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