With deep compassion, sharp observations, and arresting metaphors, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explicates The Aspiration of Samantabhadra for both new and experienced practitioners. This Dzogchen prayer explores the different manifestations of rigpa, our basic awareness in daily life, and constitutes a set of instructions for refining the path of practice. Given as a series of talks in Germany and the United States, Penetrating Wisdom includes the text of the prayer, Rinpoche’s always-lively commentary, and lucid answers to questions posed by his students.
“The reason we rely on the Vajra master is that we have already tried many different methods to wake ourselves up, but none of them really worked. We set our alarm clock for the next morning and then, in the morning, it beeps with a very unconfident beep…When this feeble beep happens, our great samsaric command is to move a hand with tremendous habitual power and press the snooze button. Then we go back to our comfortable samsaric sleep. We go back again to the dreams and nightmares to which we are attached. Fifteen minutes later, the alarm clock beeps again. Again, we press the snooze button. We don’t have this faith, this confidence in the inconceivable truth that can wake us up. This goes on for ages…That’s why the Hinayana and Mahayana journeys take so long.”