Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual Methods of Dzogchen Practice in the Longchen Nyingtig (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism)

By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the good Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma institution of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the good Perfection seems to be 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 an entire route to enlightenment. Ten of Jigme Lingpa's texts are offered right here, besides broad research by way of van Schaik of a center stress inside of Buddhism: Does enlightenment increase progressively, or does it come without warning? even though those positions are frequently portrayed by way of smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either traits are current inside of all of the Tibetan Buddhist faculties. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a smart representation of this balancing act, utilizing the rhetoric of either side to propel his scholars alongside the trail of the good Perfection.

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