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Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche - Paperback
Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Paperback


This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. Addressing such fundamentals as the guru-student relationship, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, recognizing basic awareness, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts, it is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to Tibetan Buddhism.

While the author is a traditionally trained master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he has won great appreciation in the West for his humor and his familiarity with Western culture. He has lived and taught in Europe and North America for many years; Penetrating Wisdom is based on a series of talks he gave in Germany and the United States

“The state of primordially pure natuere, kadak, is not made by anything. It is uncreated. This means that the fundamental state of absolute reality, the basic ground, has never been compounded by causes and conditions. That nature of primordial purity, kadak, is beyond any elaboration. It is beyond conceptual formation, which means beyond philosophy. It is not created by any creator, outside or inside. It is not created by Kuntuzangpo, nor was it created by any buddhas in the past. Therefore, whether we are talking about the nature of our mind or the nature of the universe, primordial purity exists in that nature. Both exist on that ground which is completely free from conceptual elaboration, primordially pure. That’s why it is simple.”-- The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

174 pages. Paperback.
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