Samara is an endless cycle of happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain, that results from the misperception of reality. Because it is constantly bouncing back and forth between hope and fear, the ordinary mind sees the world as a somewhat chaotic series of events and desperately tries to stay on top of it all. As a result, we keep circling round and round but never seem to really get anywhere.
The modern term for samsara is rat race. Unfortunately, most people think samsara is reality and all there is to life. They do not realize that its a misperception arising from the ordinary mind which is itself entrenched in pain and confusion. That’s why the primary purpose of Dzogchen and Mahamudra meditation is to clarify our perception of reality, to see things as they really are, unified and whole.« Back to Glossary Index