“The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness” (dran pa dang shes bzhin
gyi gdams pa me long ma) is a short text that describes the essence of the Dzogchen
teaching (rdzogs chen, total perfection). Concerning the way to establish this point of view
(lta ba), the main point is to have a direct understanding through the experience of
our primordial state of pure presence, beyond any mental or intellectual construction. With
regard to meditation (sgom pa), this involves practicing in order to be sure to understand
our own true nature, the non-dual condition of the calm state (the essence of the mind) and
movement (its natural energy). Behavior (spyod pa) is the integration of meditation in all
our daily activities, continuing in the state of pure presence in every circumstance of life.
This is the total realization.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
International Dzogchen Community