The aim of Dzogchen is to reawaken the individual to the primordial state of enlightenment which is naturally found in all beings. This is presented here in one of the tradition’s most ancient texts, the tantra Kunjed Gyalpo, or King Who Creates All. This is the fundamental scripture of the Semde, or nature of mind, tradition of Dzogchen. The direct path of self liberation is very different from the other Buddhist paths of renunciation, peculiar to the sutras, and transformation, peculiar to the tantras. The Dzogchen practitioner is aware of the absolute clarity and purity of his mind and, without trying to modify what is already perfect in itself, remains always in the real nature of existence, in the supreme source of all phenomena.
“Those who try to meditate and to realize this condition through effort are like a blind man chasing the sky.”
The first part of this book contains a detailed introduction to the historical origins, lineages of transmission, and the basic principles of Dzogchen, particularly of the Semde tradition. The second part includes an oral commentary by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and the third part contains a translation of the original tantra.