Buddhahood Without Meditation is the most renowned of the five principal Dzogchen
texts revealed by the 19th century Mahasiddha Düdjom Lingpa, and it is unique in that it
consists of an anthology of teachings he received by way of pure visions of many of the
greatest India and Tibetan Buddhist adepts and other enlightened beings. It was on the
basis of such teachings that thirteen of his direct disciples achieved Rainbow Body, and
it is prophesied that many more will do so in the future. In this retreat Alan Wallace offers
an oral commentary to the first five chapters of Buddhahood Without Meditation, including
visionary teachings by Avalokiteśvara, Düdjom Lingpa’s root lama, the Lake-Born Vajra of
Orgyen, Vidyādhara Düdul Dorjé, Longchenpa, Drimé Öser, and the Mahasiddha Saraha.
These include pith instructions on the meditation on emptiness, the illusory nature of reality,
the seven qualities of the Vajra, the substrate consciousness, the absolute space of phenomena,
and the nature of virtue and vice from a Dzogchen perspective. These teachings are preceded
by an oral commentary to Sera Khandro’s commentary on the preliminary practices, entitled
The Fine Path to Liberation, which is essential for the practice of Dzogchen in general.
This DVD set consists of lectures, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions,
and is intended for participants with a sound understanding and practice of the foundational
Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths, Bodhicitta, and the Six Perfections.