About the text: Jigme Lingpa is an eighteenth century Tibetan mystic. He lived as a mountain hermit most of his life. He practiced in the Nyingma tradition (one of the 4 main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism). He was considered to be an incarnation of the great fourteenth-century teacher Longchenpa. This poem is regarded as a mind treasure – a text that arises spontaneously in the mind of the treasure-revealer. The “Ever-Present Good” represents both the potential for awakening and the expression of full awakening. The verses of this poem take us directly to the nature of our mind and how it works – how it fools us into dualistic notions of good/bad, me/you, hope/fear, and how it(we) has the capacity to be pure awareness – beyond all dualistic concepts to the vast and spacious love and compassion that is pure awareness itself, the “Ever-Present Good”.
This text will challenge us to see in new ways, exposing our hidden assumptions about the world. If we want to cut to the bare essence and value of meditation practice, this text will guide us. I am thrilled to be studying this text again!
Alida Bryant is a Dharma Leader and meditation instructor under the guidance of Anam Thubten. She has been meditation for over 30 years (still very much a beginner!) and studying and practicing Mahamudra, Dzogchen and the Mahayana for over 15 years under Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Anam Thubten and Dza Kilung Rinpoche among others.