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

By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the nice Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma college of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the good Perfection seems to be 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 awarded the following, in addition to huge research by way of van Schaik of a middle pressure inside of Buddhism: Does enlightenment strengthen progressively, or does it come unexpectedly? notwithstanding those positions are usually portrayed via smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either trends are current inside all of the Tibetan Buddhist colleges. 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 nice Perfection.

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