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Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection -- by John Whitney Pettit


 
"Lama Mipham was one of the most extraordinary thinkers and meditators of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In his Beacon of Certainty he illuminates some essential points of Madhyamika philosophy according to the view of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen). Pettit's translation and in-depth presentation is a major contribution to the field of combining Madhyamika and Dzogchen studies, heretofore largely unexplored." -- Matthieu Ricard

"The remarkable text translated here is traditionally renowned as one of Mipham's foremost essays on Madhyamaka thought, one that is intimately related to the perspective of the Great Perfection teachings of contemplation. Dr. Pettit's perceptive exploration of this work will be much appreciated by all serious readers in Buddhist Studies and the Philosophy of Religion." -- Matthew Kapstein

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In addition to a translation of the root text Beacon of Certainty by Mipham Rinpoche, Pettit includes his own thorough presentation of the background, context, and impact of the text, as well as a translation of Stainless Light: A Commentary on the Beacon of Certainty by Khro shul 'jam rdor; an outline of both works; traditional accounts of the life of Mipham Rinpoche; and a short text, The Lion's Roar Proclaiming Extrinsic Emptiness.

"Readers will find that for its clarity and compendiousness, as well as for its treatment of issues particularly relevant to an understanding of the work of Mipham Rinpoche, The Beacon of Certainty, translated and introduced by J. W. Pettit, is particularly valuable." -- Padmakara Translation Group

573 pp. Paperback.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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