One time one of our yogis on the hill was giving a lung, an oral transmission, of one very famous Dzogchen text. — Dzogchen is the mind training of the Ningmapa school. — He was, of course, reading it out and then he stopped and said, “You know, the problem with these kind of books is that it makes it all sound very high, and very far, and very fantastic. And it’s so simple. It’s so right here.”
And so you’re looking out there, in the future, for some incredible thing to happen, and all the time, actually moment to moment, is already happening but we don’t recognize it. You see, every time you hear a sound, everything you see, you can only see, you can only recognize a sound because of awareness. If we had no awareness, we would be like a corpse. But we don’t recognize that awareness because we’re so fascinated by our senses. Do you understand? Because we’re so captivated by this panorama outside and all the panorama inside, all our thoughts, and memories, and daydreams, and hopes, and dreams. We miss the fact that behind all that is the knowing of it
It’s extremely simple. It’s so simple that you can miss it very easily because we always expect that somehow it’s going to be some really great experience. Something really ahh! And normally it’s so plain, so bare, that almost people might think that can’t be it.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo