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164 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGhankering after thoughts and projections. None of these is thetrue state of meditation, and the practitioner has to watch outskillfully to avoid being deluded in these ways.The essence of meditation practice in Dzogchen is encapsulatedby these four points:• When one past thought has ceased and a future thoughthas not yet risen, in that gap, in between, isn't there a consciousnessof the present moment; fresh, virgin, unalteredby even a hair's breadth of concept, a luminous, nakedawareness?Well, that is what Rigpa is!• Yet it doesn't stay in that state forever, because anotherthought suddenly arises, doesn't it?This is the self-radiance of that Rigpa.• However, if you do not recognize this thought for what itreally is, the very instant it arises, then it will turn into justanother ordinary thought, as before. This is called the"chain of delusion," and is the root of samsara.• If you are able to recognize the true nature of the thoughtas soon as it arises, and leave it alone without any followup,then whatever thoughts arise all automatically dissolveback into the vast expanse of Rigpa and are liberated.Clearly it takes a lifetime of practice to understand and realizethe full richness and majesty of these four profound yetsimple points, and here I can only give you a taste of the vastnessof what is meditation in Dzogchen.Perhaps the most important point is that Dzogchen meditationcomes to be a continual flow of Rigpa, like a river constantlymoving day and night without any interruption. This,of course, is an ideal state, for this undistracted resting in theView, once it has been introduced and recognized, is thereward of years of sustained practice.Dzogchen meditation is subtly powerful in dealing with thearisings of the mind, and has a unique perspective on them.All the risings are seen in their true nature, not as separatefrom Rigpa, and not as antagonistic to it, but actually as noneother—and this is very important—than its "self-radiance," themanifestation of its very energy.Say you find yourself in a deep state of stillness; often itdoes not last very long and a thought or a movement alwaysarises, like a wave in the ocean. Don't reject the movement orparticularly embrace the stillness, but continue the flow of

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