By Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
In 1980 on the Monte Faito retreat Chögyal Namkhai Norbu transmitted a whole and step by step strategy for getting into the perform of contemplation in keeping with the Dzogchen teaching.
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It is due to the fact that now the practitioner has learnt better to control thoughts, that is she is able to be present in the thoughts the very instant that they arise. There follows another experience, called the nyam of stability: the mind finds itself in a calm state, tranquil and deep as the sea. This does not mean thoughts have disappeared; a sea may have waves, or fish that are leaping, there can be movements of all kinds, but its state of deep calm cannot be disturbed. H ere, this is the r ealis ati on c all ed stable Shine.
NAMKHA ARTED As we have said, in order to p rogress further after the attainment of stable Shine it has to be 'released'. The teachings about this level of practice can be studied in great depth, however (in terms of the purely practical aim of this manual) this essential explanation will enable you to understand what is indispensable: what you have to do and the way to continue. A very important practice for making progress is Namkha Arted30• Practising it occasionally is of great help to those who engage in a more general way in Shine and especially to those with few meditation experiences (nyams).
If you notice that you are being taken over by such dispersal then the sole remedy is patiently to resume practising fixation on the object. If, however, as may happen you notice that you no longer easily find the calm state, then it is helpful to co ordinate your fixation with sound. This will certainly produce a good result. It is useful and necessary for practitioners to become expert in recognising defects; these occur especially when you have not yet attained adequate mastery of fixation with the object.
An Introduction to the Practice of Contemplation by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu