This March and April in a series of five free Facebook Live broadcasts, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will use simple, accessible terms to introduce students to the teachings of the Four Lamps. These teachings are taken from the 11th nail of “The Twenty-One Nails” of the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu, one of the most important dzogchen teachings of the Tibetan Bön tradition.
According to the teachings, our own eyes are considered a doorway to innate self-awareness. Through this doorway we are introduced to the four lamps, which together have the capability to clear all darkness. In each broadcast of the series, Tenzin Rinpoche will explain one of the lamps and its intended experience, and guide a meditation practice that offers a glimpse of that experience.
The broadcasts will take place on four Wednesdays and one Friday at 1 p.m. New York time:
March 21, 2018. Part 1: The first lamp, the physical eye, clears worldly darkness — allowing us to see. View recording
March 28, 2018. Part 2: The second lamp — the clear vision of sound, light, and rays — removes the view of nihilism. View recording
April 4, 2018. Part 3: The third lamp, the wisdom awareness, clears the darkness of ignorance. View recording
April 6, 2018. Part 3 (continued). View recording
April 18, 2018. Part 4: The fourth lamp, the empty nature of the base, removes the darkness of bias. View recording
NEW! April 25, 2018, 1 p.m. New York time: The Four Lamps Through the Eyes of Neuroscience: Investigating an ancient Tibetan dzogchen teaching from the perspectives of modern science and direct meditative experience. A conversation with neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist David E. Presti. Learn more
The Four Lamps: An Excerpt from the Twenty-One Nails
I prostrate to Kuntu Zangpo, dispeller of the darkness of ignorance.
Through the watery lamp of the far-reaching lasso,
The darkness of the world is dispelled.
Through the lamp of the appearances of special insight,
The darkness of the intellect’s tendency toward nihilism is dispelled.
Through the lamp of the primordial wisdom of innate self-awareness, Ignorance, the darkness of the intellect, is dispelled.
Through the lamp of the space of the base-of-all, The darkness of the judgmental intellect is dispelled.
—Translated by Kurt Keutzer and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, edited by Steven Goodman, Laura Shekerjian, Marcy Vaughn and Gayatri Brughera