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By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the good Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma tuition of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the good Perfection appears to be like 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 vast research by means of van Schaik of a center pressure inside Buddhism: Does enlightenment strengthen steadily, or does it come abruptly? notwithstanding those positions are frequently portrayed via smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either trends are current inside of all 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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