Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning with Commentary

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Overview

The treasure text of Nuden Dorje renders a very clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen the practice of nondual experience. The presentation is in the Men ngag style, a personal instruction distilling the author's own realization in a manner both beautiful and deeply meaningful. Short verses show with pithy clarity how the various aspects of dzogchen fit together. The text provides both an authentic portrayal of the practice and a clear instruction in how to apply it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"James Low has made an invaluable contribution to Dzogchen studies with his excellent translation and commentary on this precious Tibetan text. Anyone interested in the view and meditation practices of Dzogchen, the Natural Great Perfection teachings, would benefit from keeping this handbook close to their hearts and minds, as I myself do."—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of the Dzogchen Center

"Being Right Here is a must-read for anyone interested in awakening the enlightened nature of the mind."—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Practice of Dzogchen and The Healing Power of Mind

"The text is itself a condensed presentation of the entire Buddhist path from meditations on suffering, compassion, and emptiness through tantric visualizations to the effortless freedom and spontaneity of Dzogchen. This short, readable text offers an excellent introduction to the feel, thought, and practice of this ancient Tibetan philosophy of awareness in easily understandable terms and analogies."—Altar Magazine

"Renders a clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen. . . . An expansion of the traditional concepts embodied in the text and an examination of how they can function in contemporary life."—Watkins Review

Library Journal
This work, also known as The Mirror of Clear Meaning, is a classic work of Tibetan Buddhism and perhaps one of the less accessible, not for its prolixity (as might be said of some of the more ancient texts from this tradition) but for its brevity. Writing in the 19th century Dorje adopted the Men ngag style, using brief, disconnected verses to express personal insight and experience. The essence of the work, as translated and expounded by Low, is a careful rejection of dualistic experience: "The notion of a doer and a deed is just a confusing illusion, like a dream or magic." Many readers should find this approach attractive, as it lacks the intense esotericism or complex cosmologies of other Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Recommended for most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392082
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,128,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
General introductory prayers 11
Introduction 15
Verse 1 The view of dzogchen 17
Verse 2 General instructions 33
Verse 3 Meditation about samsara 36
Verse 4 The opportunity of this life 39
Verse 5 Repugnance for samsara 42
Verse 6 Taking refuge 45
Verse 7 The commitment of bodhicitta 47
Verse 8 Awareness, karma and virtuous action 50
Verse 9 The terrifying experience of death 55
Verse 10 The living experience of the guru 58
Verse 11 & 12 Buddhahood in our hand 61
Verse 13 Looking for the nature of the mind 66
Verse 14 The nature of mind 74
Verse 15 The ground of everything 78
Verse 16 The beginning of samsara 84
Verse 17 "I" and "me" 87
Verse 18 Recognising the falsity 90
Verse 19 Relax, free of holding 92
Verse 20 "Eat the soup!" 95
Verse 21 Get the point 104
Verse 22 Busy being lost 106
Verse 23 Just a pinball 108
Verse 24 The fault of focusing on objects 110
Verse 25 The great completion 113
Verse 26 Abide naturally 116
Verse 27 Confusion resolves itself 119
Verse 28 Always already present 121
Verse 29 Give it a rest 123
Verse 30 The chain of thoughts 126
Verse 31 Illusion and ethics 128
Verse 32 Awareness, awareness, awareness 134
Verse 33 The lie of our lives 137
Verse 34 Be kind to yourself 139
Verse 35 Nothing better than this 141
Verse 36 The proper way 143
Verse 37 Maintain the lineage 145
Verse 38 Teaching for the heart and not the intellect 147
Verse 39 & 40 Colophon 149
Appendix 151
General concluding prayers 156
Further reading 159
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