Entrance to the Great Perfection: A Guide to the Dzogchen Preliminary Practices

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Blending contemporary and traditional perspectives, this groundbreaking work offers guidance on the profound foundational practices of the Great Perfection. It contains classic commentaries by the renowned Tibetan masters Jigme Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, alongside a lively contemporary discussion by filmmaker, author, and spiritual teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse that discusses how to incorporate these ancient practices into the fast-paced lifestyle of the Western world. Also included are a lengthy ...
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Overview

Blending contemporary and traditional perspectives, this groundbreaking work offers guidance on the profound foundational practices of the Great Perfection. It contains classic commentaries by the renowned Tibetan masters Jigme Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, alongside a lively contemporary discussion by filmmaker, author, and spiritual teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse that discusses how to incorporate these ancient practices into the fast-paced lifestyle of the Western world. Also included are a lengthy introduction to the world of Tibetan Buddhism and its meditative practices, as well as the long and short preliminary practice liturgies and numerous appendices on the nine yanas and other topics.

The ngöndro or preliminary practice is treasured in the Ancient School of Tibetan Buddhism as vital for effecting a profound inner transformation and as a foundation for the very highest teachings of the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen. In particular, the Longchen Nyingtik ngöndro—revealed by the great saint Jigme Lingpa following a series of visions in which he was blessed by the omniscient Longchen Rabjam and received the transmission of his wisdom mind—has long been cherished by followers of all traditions on account of its power, depth, and poetic beauty.

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Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly
Dahl offers a valuable contribution for those engaging in this practice ?. Dahl writes with the humility that characterizes the best translations, and with an eye to the balance of accuracy and readability. The book makes a strong case for approaching the Buddhist path in a holistic way.
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"Now in this inspiring book with Jigmé Lingpa's original commentary alongside Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's brilliant and practical guide, we have a perfect blend of ancient and modern, offering us nothing less than a path to enlightenment as relevant and effective today as ever before."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"A thoroughly accessible and highly recommended resource for anyone intrigued to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism."—Midwest Book Review

"Dahl offers a valuable contribution for those engaging in this practice. . . . Dahl writes with the humility that characterizes the best translations and with an eye to the balance of accuracy and readability. The book makes a strong case for approaching the Buddhist path in a holistic way."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly "These preliminary practices found in all the Tibetan traditions provide a solid foundation for tantric practice. They consist of initial and continuing study, reflection, and meditation on the preciousness and uniqueness of human existence, impermanence, Karma, and the causal dependencies."—The Middle Way, the Buddhist Society's quarterly journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393393
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,410,222
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cortland Dahl received a master's degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. He has worked as an instructor at Kathmandu University's Centre for Buddhist Studies, a translator at the Nitartha Institute, and an interpreter for various lamas. Currently he serves as director of the Rime Foundation (www.rimefoundation.org), which he founded in 2004, and codirector of Tergar International (www.tergar.org), under the direction of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Cortland is also a member of the Nitartha Translation Network and has worked extensively with the Dharmachakra Translation Committee. His published works include Great Perfection, Volumes I & II.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

How to Practice: Instructions on the Common Great Perfection Preliminaries of the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse Jigm? Lingpa 41

The Application of Mindfulness: Instructions on the Unique Great Perfection Preliminaries of the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse Jigm? Lingpa 61

The Quintessential Nectar of the Profound Meaning: A Concise Explanation of the Great Perfection Preliminary Practices of the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse Jamyang Khyents? Wangpo 81

Advice on the Longchen Nyingtik Preliminary Practices Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche 96

The Sublime Path to Omniscience: A Liturgy for the Preliminary Practices of the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse Jigm? Trinl? ?zer 193

The Sublime Path to Enlightenment: A Concise Liturgy for the Longchen Nyingtik Preliminary Practices Jamyang Khyents? Wangpo 210

Appendix I Learning to Visualize 213

Appendix II Retreat in the Longchen Nyingtik Lineage 215

Appendix III The Fourfold Heart Essence 218

Appendix IV The Nine Yanas 230

Appendix V Longchen Nyingtik Ng?ndro Literature 247

Abbreviations 249

Glossary 252

Recommended Reading 286

Notes 291

Index 299

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