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 nice Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma college of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the good Perfection appears at a seminal determine of this lineage, Jigme Lingpa, an eighteenth-century student 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 rigidity inside Buddhism: Does enlightenment advance progressively, or does it come unexpectedly? even though those positions are frequently portrayed through smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either developments 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 each side to propel his scholars alongside the trail of the nice Perfection.

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