To Monday 19 April 2021 - 05:00pm
SEMZÌN: SECOND MODULE Led by SMS Instructor Elías Capriles
April 12-19, 2021
10am - noon and 3pm - 5pm
Live and Zoom*
* Please, when you register for Zoom, note that on the next page will be the Zoom link.
The 21+ Semdzin, Semzìn or sems ’dzin (there are two extra ones in the book by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on the 21 Semdzin, and other extra ones in the book on Rushen, Semdzin and Lojong), together with the Rushen, the Lojong and so on, are part of the Inner Ngöndro or Course of Preliminary Practices of Dzogchen. Unlike the outer Ngöndro, the Inner one involves practices, like the ones mentioned above, which have the specific purpose of opening the possibility for the practitioner to have an initial glimpse of rigpa. Even if one received Direct Introduction from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, one must have the glimpse of rigpa again and again in order to fulfill the injunctions of first and second phrases of Guru Garab Dorje’s Testament: (1) Direct Introduction and (2) Obtain a decisive certainty—which implies Not to remain in doubt about having had the glimpse of rigpa and about rigpa being the true condition of our mind and all phenomena, and achieving confidence on self-liberation.
Sem (sems) means “mind” and dzin (‘dzin [pa]) means to hold, grasp, sustain… So, the Semdzin are means to focus the mind, to fixate the mind on some object, or to keep the mind in a condition in such a way that powerful experiences may arise—which may be of the body (sensation, of which most often we use pleasure or bliss), of the energy or voice (clarity, luminosity, brightness), or of the mind (emptiness). With these three experiences together—or two of them, or at least one of them—most clearly and powerfully present, we apply an instruction for discovering the nature of mind in a glimpse of rigpa. This could be achieved by trying to grasp the seeming dualistic mind that is having the experience, or by trying to grasp the nondual nature of mind in which there is no illusion that our cognitive capacity and the experiences that ordinarily appear as object are two separate, different things: trying to grasp the mind (sems ’dzin) or trying to grasp the nature of mind (sems [nyid] ’dzin [pa]). In fact, since both things are impossible, the functioning of dualistic, deluded mind could be blocked and then it, with its inherent ma-rigpa, could dissolve and rigpa become evident or patent.
We will be basing ourselves on two books by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The 21 Semdzin, which is based on the explanations of Longchenpa, on which Ch.N.N. comments, and Teachings on Lojongs, Rushens and Semdzins, which is based on the explanations of Andzam Drukpa, on which Ch.N.N. comments.
The Program for this second module will be:
(no class on April 18)
April 12, 15 through 17 hours: General explanation of the Semdzin in the context of the Inner Ngöndro, clarifications on “hunting the duck” (discovering rigpa), and explanation and practice of the first Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: the Semdzin of the pink sphere on the forehead.
April 13, 10 AM through Noon: Practice of the second Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: the first of the Semdzins called Yugu.
April 13, 15 through 17 hours: Explanation and practice of the third Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: the Semdzin of the white sphere that goes away from the tip of the note and then returns to it.
April 14, 10 AM through Noon: Explanation and practice of the fourth Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: the Semdzin of visualizing one’s body as a tissue of threads of light.
April 14, 15 through 17 hours: Explanation and practice of the fifth Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa, first variety: the Semdzin of sending one’s mind into space and then dissolving it.
April 15, 10 AM through Noon: Explanation and practice of the fifth Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa, second variety: Dissolving all physical phenomena into the A in the thigle in the center of the body at the level of the heart.
April 15, 15 through 17 hours: Explanation and practice of the sixth Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: The Semdzin of the meditation on sound.
April 16, 10 AM through Noon: Explanation and practice of the seventh Semdzin of the Second Group according to Longchenpa: the Semdzin of the tiny deity in the center of the body at the level of the heart.
April 16, 15 through 17 hours: Explanation and practice of the Semdzin of the Ram according to Andzam Drukpa
April 17, 10 AM through Noon: Explanation and practice of the Semdzin of the Hum that chases thoughts according to Andzam Drukpa
April 17, 15 through 17 hours: Explanation and practice of the Semdzin of the Ram according to Andzam Drukpa
No meeting on the 18th
April 19, 10 AM through Noon: Explanation and practice of the Semdzin of the Song of the Vajra according to Andzam Drukpa
Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is required.
Translation in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.
- 15€ per day/por día
- Or 70€ for entire course/para todo el curso
Non-members/para no miembros:
- 20€ per day/por día
- Or 100€ for entire course/para todo el curso
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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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.