glossary

(Tibetan) Literally, "knowing." The Sanskrit equivilent is vidya. Its opposite is avidya, "unknowing, ignorance." When used as a verb, rigpa means "to be aware, to know." As a noun it means (1) all conscious experiences (knowledge, gnosis), (2) cognizance, (3) the science of Gnosis, (4) pure awareness itself, the very nature of mind.

"Unknowing (marigpa) is to not know the main substance of mind. Knowing (rigpa) is to see this basic substance of mind." - Padamsambhava, The Cycle of Vital Points

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"How foolish we are! We often think that we never do all the foolishness and perversities that we see others do; this is why we arrive at the conclusion that we are magnificent persons. Unfortunately, we do not see the foolishness and wretched things we do."