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Dzogchen

Heart Essence of the Great Perfection
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
April, 2020
ISBN:
9781611807936
Quantity: 
2
$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This is the first complete book by the Dalai Lama on the widely practiced Buddhist system of Dzogchen.

Throughout beginningless time, there has always been present, within us all, a pure awareness—that indwelling rigpa... that fundamental innate mind of clear light. There is no other means apart from that fundamental and innate state itself, which is therefore the essence of the path...

Phenomena... in all their variety, must be allowed to subside into the space of the mind of clear light... Any given state of consciousness is permeated by the clear light of rigpa’s pure awareness... In a natural state of rest, all the time and in any situation,... your meditation is like the continuous flow of a river... When stillness occurs, it is the dharmakaya’s own face, and when movement arises, it is the inherent power of wisdom.

The book is a compilation of teachings on Dzogchen to Western students in Paris, London, Helsinki and California, primarily sponsored by Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. In the first half of the book, the Dalai Lama provides commentary on the Dzogchen text by Patrul Rinpoche, “Hitting the Essence in Three Words.” He also explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as why Dzogchen is called the “pinnacle of all vehicles,” what are its special features, and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a Dzogchen practitioner should know.

The second half of the book sets Dzogchen within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. The Dalai Lama goes so far as to say that the view of the fundamental innate mind of clear light offers real help in understanding the fundamental unity of all the different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. This is a book of uncommon richness, and a remarkable testimony to His Holiness’ learning, insight and many-sided genius.

 

Publisher’s Description: 

This is the most informative and thorough book on Dzogchen available. These teachings are on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Exploring this esoteric subject in print for the first time, His Holiness offers the reader insights into one of Buddhism's most profound systems of meditation. He discusses both the philosophic foundations and the practices of this system—taking into account the approaches of various schools and teachers.

Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, His Holiness sets it within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. He explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as why Dzogchen is called "the pinnacle of all vehicles," what are its special features, and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a Dzogchen practitioner should know.

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