Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual by Sam Van Schaik

By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the good Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma institution of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the nice Perfection seems at a seminal determine of this lineage, Jigme Lingpa, an eighteenth-century pupil and meditation grasp whose cycle of teachings, the Longchen Nyingtig, has been passed down via generations as a whole route to enlightenment. Ten of Jigme Lingpa's texts are offered the following, in addition to huge research by means of van Schaik of a middle stress inside Buddhism: Does enlightenment strengthen progressively, or does it come by surprise? notwithstanding those positions are frequently portrayed through smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either traits are current inside of all of the Tibetan Buddhist colleges. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a smart representation of this balancing act, utilizing the rhetoric of each side to propel his scholars alongside the trail of the nice Perfection.

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