“Aware, we see the underlying energies and predispositions of events, the active spirit of affairs. We discover that we can accomplish more by not-doing, and by gentle persuasion than by pushing ourselves to control outcomes. Being apart from the center of attention we can be on the inside of the moment – we can see what is happening directly.We perceive the intelligence of the moment. Our lives are naturally richer and happier simply living in the moment than by any amount of clever self-calculation we might engineer. If we are quiet and do not force ourselves on the world, we eventually become invisible, even to ourselves. This is a great advantage. When we become invisible, not requiring attention, not requiring anything out of situations or relationships, then we are free to respond selflessly to the spirit and energy of the moment.”
The Encyclopedia of Subtle Instruction is a collection of dharma teachings on the essential nature of awareness drawn from the Yogacara and Dzogchen lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
The first part of the book consists of short talks on topics such as the Bardos, Buddhist Yoga, the Cardinal Virtues, Consciousness Only, Dreaming,The Dzogchen Lineage, The Elements of Existence, Emptiness, Enlightened Kingdoms, Feminine Wisdom, Goodness, Guru Rinpoche, Immortality, Karma, The Middle Way, Pure Experience, Selflessness, Suchness, the Three Kayas, and the Yoga of Subtle Awareness.
The second part of the book is a series of seventy-two short poems in traditional doha style envisioned as instructions for practice given by the embodiment of wisdom, Yeshe Tsogyal.
Two of the talks from the book, Goodness and No-View, are included on the website under Texts and Talks.