Q: What is the Natural State of Perfection?
A: The Natural State of Perfection is the unconditioned natural state of the mind or ‘Buddha’ which is our true nature and present at all times. It is often described as unborn, undying, unobstructed, indestructible and undefiled – in essence, perfect and pure.
According to Dzogchen all beings have always had ‘Buddha nature’ and this truth has never changed and never will. It proposes that suffering is caused by the wrong perception that Buddhahood is something outside or separate from ourselves that needs to be attained. According to Dzogchen all that is necessary is to be shown this inherent Buddha in oneself directly, at which point one recognises it to be ones Natural State.
What is left then is to remain constantly aware of this state during all activities both day and night whilst removing all mental constructs that obstruct this ultimate truth.
As the sun is always present, even when obscured by clouds, so the Natural State is always present, even when obscured by wrong views. As these clouds disappear and the sun shines again, that is what is meant by ‘waking up’ to ones true nature – Buddhahood.
The word Buddha literally means ‘awake’ or ‘awakened one’ so Buddhahood is quite simply the state of being awake to our own true natures.
The perfection of our natural state is also inherent in the very nature of reality so in this way everything is said to be perfect and pure, just as it is, without any need for alterations or modifications. This is why Dzogchen is known as ‘The Great Perfection’ or ‘The Great Relaxation’.
“One thing can’t be perfect and another imperfect. It is either all perfect or none of it is, so if you can see the perfection of one event then you are obliged to accept the perfection of everything. Flawless, not a molecule or event out of place, pure perfection as the Dance of Reality plays out.
This is why Dzogchen talks about “direct introduction to the state” in the first place. If someone can give you a taste of your own Natural State, it is a beacon that one can pin things on in order to get back there.
When you are retraining the mind to its original position, it is important to continually reinforce it as the default. We have had our settings altered many times onto dysfunctional pathways. The mind will seek to return to the false settings at a moment’s notice, unless you keep correcting it enough so that it sticks. The correct position is easily recognized as the mood of Ease, Clarity and Bliss - the true Aspects of the Natural Mind, your mind.
Every single event in ones life has a purpose and it is part of the lessons to be conquered and risen above as even the most tedious event can school you in valuable lessons. The very state of chaos that is currently ruling the planet is designed to generate suffering and force people to pursue a path of liberation that will spare them from the ravages of reality.
The deeper you get into it the easier it becomes as you come to expect it as the default.
Once you see the perfection and intricate beauty in every event, it is hard not to be swept away by the majesty of the whole thing and surf reality, high on your self generated supply of neurochemicals.”
- Adamas, Buddha Brats – A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 17, Riding the Whirlwind)
“From a Dzogchen perspective there is no need to change or renounce anything in ones life as it is all Perfect anyway. Drawing lines in water we do only for fun. One takes the view that one is automatically in the perfect Feng Shui position at all times, it is all perfect and if it feels wrong it probably is.”
- Adamas, Buddha Brats – A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 27, Dancing on the Wire)
“All said and done it is perfect and will unfold with an intricacy, patterning and beauty that beggar the mind. If everything is perfect this means EVERYTHING, no coincidences, no accidental happenstances, no arbitrary events, no crying in the soup and bewailing ones fate, it is all good. Takes a big person to stomach this, you can’t blame your parents, your wife, the weather, bad drivers on the road, the political state at the moment, it is all your own manifestation and it is perfect as it is. If you don’t like it then change it but there is no need to change anything, unless you want to and blame is definitely out of the picture.
This is why Dzogchen is considered to be a teaching that is not for everyone. Some people like having others to blame for their woes or bow down to for their salvation.
- Adamas, Buddha Brats - A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 07, Honey on the Tongue)
Everything fitting flawlessly into place is what one has to love about the Natural State, total perfection and yet completely inconceivable. It is designed for you to allow the most enjoyment from the movie, just the way you like it. You just have to reach out and grab it, and then have the balls to play it, something a lot of people choke on.
- Adamas, Buddha Brats - A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 08, Reclaiming the Holy Land)
“Many people hit the Natural State when they are doing what they love, in moments of divine inspiration, on drugs or in extreme or life-threatening circumstances but one needs to stay there and keep staying there till it sticks and becomes the default. Once we have been there we can always get back there, eventually. After how long and how many bouts with the Demon of Despair only we can choose, and this is an adversary that will win unless we slay it first.
I have a .45 full-metal-jacket silver bullet with its name on, and when this particular beastie comes knocking at my door I do not ask questions I just shoot it on sight. It is never welcome in my house, especially if I have opened the door to it myself. One does not negotiate with terrorists and this is one of the worst that exists. I don’t care if Jesus is descending in a cloud of sparkling light or if the Apostles are here to anoint me with rare Kashmiri Saffron, you can’t come into my house and spread your dissent - door closed, end of story. It always starts small as a little bit of doubt and quickly builds if it is not nipped in the bud, and from a temporary doubt you are suddenly looking down the barrel of your own .357. Keep killing Doubt until it stays dead and as you deepen into the natural state of the mind which is ease and perfection, you will see that it is truly the default setting for reality and anything else is just the play of Mara (the illusion), designed to distract you on the path to the Body of Light.
- Adamas, Buddha Brats - A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 09, Baby Buddha Syndrome)
“When you see yourself as the Buddha looking back at you at all times, you cannot ever be bound into a concrete form again. Truly going beyond, the universe IS you and you ARE the playground so what else is there to do but play?”
- Adamas, Buddha Brats – A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 15, The Left-Hand Path)
“Acknowledging the perfection of things is easy when things are going well, but when everything is coming out of the woodwork and your world is coming apart around you it is another thing all together - just holding onto your sanity is a heroic struggle. Sometimes it overwhelms you, even if you can see the perfection in everything the pain just overrides it. This is a very dangerous place to be in and something you want to get out of as soon as possible.”
- Adamas, Buddha Brats – A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 16, Holy Cow Slaughter)
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