So the meditation place up my street turns out to have been founded and run by Anne Klein, my friend from the Religion Department. Psych! It was quite extraordinary to receive what amounted to Dzogchen instruction in my first ever seminar at Rice a couple of months ago, from Anne. She wasn't doing it deliberately. It just sort of happened that way for those with ears. It was pretty gulp making.
Anyway, here's some pithy instruction in the form of a story of the young Trungpa Rinpoche and his colorful students (I know and love a few). They were meditating at Karme Choling, which was founded in 1971 (I think). They were doing basic shamatha-vipashyana, and one of them piped up, “Hey, Rinpoche, when is the break?”
“This is the break.”