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According to the encyclopaedic Tibetan dictionary 'Bod rgya tshig mdzod chen mo', 'rdzogs chen' is a religious term of the Rnyingma school, i.e., of the old, or authentic Buddhism of Tibet. A leading Western writer on the subject, Herbert Guenther says rdzogs chen "is the name given to that spiritual tradition in Buddhism that emphasizes a holistic approach and rejects all partial perspectives as but local and temporal fluctuations within the atemporally abiding, non-localizable mystery that is Being as such." The present book is an English translation of 'rdor sems thugs kyi sgrub pa'i khrid yig rab gsal snang ba'. This is an explanantion of the complete rdzogs chen meditation practice: being Lo chen Dharma - sri's guide through a Gter bdag gling pa treasure text, a text first taught by the second Buddha Padma-sambhava to his inner circle of thirty extraordinary women with wisdom. The text is explained in Tibetan by Khamtul Rinpoche and presented in English by Gareth Sparham. The text is an integrated presentation of the entire Buddhist religious practice. It is complete in encompassing the vast diversity of preliminary and fundamental Buddhist practice and complete, as well in including in its presentation of Buddhism the esoteric practices that convey one to the inexpressible transcendental profoundity, the clear and blissful sphere of the ultimate. The practices taught come together in the person's mind, as ti were, to lead to breakthrough or a jump into transcendental experience.. That is to say, to transcend its own activity and reach into its own primordial nature.
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The empowerment ritual is sometimes called the indispensable door to Vajrayana Buddhism. It activates our natural right to an enlightened rule over our life and spiritual practice. The clearly, comprehensible 'Empowerment' contains a wealth of instructions on all the key points of Buddhist training, particularly the path of liberation of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
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This is the first English-language translation of one of the most revered texts in Tibetan Buddhism. A part of the rDzogs-chen or Ati tradition, 'Primordial Experience' was written by Manjusrimitra, an Indian disciple of the first teacher of Ati yoga. Legend has it that the teacher, in a debate about the Buddhist doctrine of cause adn effect, opened his student's eyes to the reality of Ati yoga, the state of pure and total presence. This book is the result of that encounter. what is presented is a learned discourse on the relation of the Ati teachings to other systems of Indian thought - Buddhist and Hindu - through an examination of the key concept of 'bodhicitta', or enlightened mind. Included is a preface by Namkhai Norbu that places this text in the Ati tradition, as well as a substantial introduction about the theory of translation, the history of the text and its author, philosophical questions about the relation of Ati yoga to "Buddhist Idealism," and the meditation practice linked with this text.
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The very first entry in the tantra section of the Buddhist canon translated into Tibetan, right before the Kalacakra root tantra, is the Jampal Tsenjod ('jam dpal mtshan yang dag par brjod pa) - Professing The Qualities of Manjusri. The Indian Buddhist masters who first brought their tantric tradition to Tibet treated this text as fundamental to the view and practice of both Maha Yoga and Ati Yoga (or Dzogchen), the non-dual dharma. Presented here, alongside a new translation of the root tantra that seeks to convey its peotic brilliance as a classical masterpiece of world literature, are three original commentaries - two by Indian masters, Vimalamitra adn Garab Dorje, and one by the renowned 11th century Tibentan master Rongzom Majapandita. Together they provide a complete view of the importance of this text within the Nyingma tradition, and for the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings in general.
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