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Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Trikaya Of Dzongchen (大圓滿三身)
To many practitioners, the
teaching of Dzongchen is touted as the pinnacle of the nine yanas (九乘之巔). Within this teaching,
the ‘trikaya’ or ‘three bodies’ is an important concept that must be
appreciated before moving to a deeper level. Major part of Dzonghen circles
around the concept of ‘self liberation’ (自解脫), so the transformation
and relationships of these three bodies must be comprehended before one is even
talking about venturing into further ritual practices.
Below is a section taken
from ‘the prayer of trikaya guru yoga’ (三身上師瑜伽祈愿):
"Without understanding that the trikaya of our
mind is indifferent,
Still grasping to the ignorance of our
trouble minds and our imperfect knowledge;
Pity to these ignorant sentient beings,
Wish that we can achieve the accomplishment
So what are
this ‘trikaya’ in the simplest terms?
Dharmakaya, or Dharma-body.法身
oWe are in Dharmakaya when we are in meditation or
Sambhogakaya, or Enjoyment-body,報身
oWe are in Sambhogakaya when we are enjoying or
Nirmanakaya, or Transformation-body,化身
oWe are in a series of thought creation: happy, sad,
angry, bewilderment, doubt etc.
For ordinary human theses
three bodies switch back and forth: Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmanakaya.
If however, these switching of various stage of mind ceased; then we are said
to be ‘self liberated’ (自解脫). There is no need to beg for the Lord Buddha, divine power of any
sorts to liberate any individual, simply by ‘understanding’ these basic
concepts one can be freed from karmic bondage.
Now, don’t you think that
Dzongchen is not so difficult after all?