Every kind of teaching is transmitted through the culture and knowledge of human beings. But it is important not to confuse any culture or tradition with the teachings themselves, because the essence of the teachings is knowledge of the nature of the individual. Any given culture can be of great value because it is the means which enables people to receive the message of a teaching, but it is not the teaching itself.
Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
from the book Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State
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Further quotes from the book Dzogchen:
- Observing our conditioning first
- Awareness of our own condition
- The mistaken dualistic mind
- Just another concept
- We can’t ignore our reality
- The supreme path for that person
- A state of total presence
- The Six Vajra Verses