Effulgent rigpa

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The Dzogchen teachings are very precise in talking about rigpa and categorizing it with many subtle distinctions. So a distinction is made between the ground of being and the appearances of that ground, and effulgent rigpa (Tib. རྩལ་གྱི་རིག་པ་ , tsal gyi rigpa, Wyl. rtsal gyi rig pa) is rigpa that is present in the appearances arising from the ground.[1]

It’s an aspect of rigpa which is to be identified and experienced only when coarse levels of mind and conceptual thoughts are active. At that point the experience of the fundamental innate mind of clear light has ‘ceased’―‘ceased’ in the sense that it is no longer a direct object of your experience. However, there is still a definite quality of clarity and awareness that permeates the coarser states of consciousness. This type of clear light experienced as a quality that permeates these states is the effulgent rigpa.[2]

References

  1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Vision of Enlightenment, Tertön Sogyal Trust.
  2. Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dzogchen : The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, published by Snow Lion, ISBN 1-55939-156-1.

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Further Reading

  • Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dzogchen : The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, published by Snow Lion, ISBN 1-55939-156-1
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Vision of Enlightenment, Tertön Sogyal Trust. Also published by Wisdom Publications, 2007, as Mind in Comfort and Ease. The Vision of Enlightenment in the Great Perfection. ISBN : 0861714938