Unbounded Wholeness: Bon Dzogchen and the Logic of the Nonconceptual

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In this book, Anne Carolyn Klein, an American scholar and teacher of Buddhism, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a rigorously trained Tibetan Lama who was among the first to bring Bon Dzogchen teachings to the West, provide a study and translation of the Authenticity of Open Awareness, a foundational text of the Bon Dzogchen tradition. This is the first time a Bon philosophical text of this scope has been translated into any Western language, and as such it is a significant addition to the study of Tibetan religion and Eastern thought. Klein and Rinpoche provide extensive introductory, explanatory and historical material that situates the text in the context of Tibetan thought and culture, thus making it accessible to nonspecialists, and an essential reference for scholars and practitioners alike.

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"This volume is a major contribution to our understanding of the Tibetan philosophical and religious tradition. The study opens this difficult literature to the Western reader and the translation is lucid and accessible. This is a fine example of the fruits of close collaboration between an eminent Tibetan scholar and an eminent Western Tibetologist." —Jay L. Garfield, co-translator of Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

"Unbounded Wholeness offers an original and compelling study of the Dzogchen contemplative traditions of Bon, the indigenous Tibetan religion. In this well-researched and beautifully written book, Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche chart new terrain, revealing in Bon a dynamic way of spiritual self-cultivation and thought. This is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Asian religions and philosophies." —Matthew Kapstein, author of The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation and Memory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195178500
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Carolyn Klein is Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and founding co-director of Dawn Mountain, a Tibetan Temple, community center and research institute. She is the author of several books, including Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists and the Art of the Self (1994). Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is President of the Ligmincha Institute, which he founded in 1992 to preserve Tibetan Bon culture and teachings. His most recent book is Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen (2002).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part I Core Philosophical Issues
1 Authentication and Authenticity: Authenticity 47.1-53.6 25
2 Unbounded Wholeness: Multiplicity and Indefiniteness: Authenticity 53.6-66.6 53
3 Primordial Nondelusion: Artful Endeavor and Spontaneity: Authenticity 66.6-86.3 87
4 The Path of Continuity: Spontaneity and Dependent Arising: Authenticity 86.3-104.2 119
5 Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved: Authenticity 104.3-126.1 137
Part II Mythic and Historical Narratives of Discovery
6 Colophon Kaleidoscope: Bon's Matrix of Authenticity: Authenticity 126.1-129.2 169
7 Lishu Daring and a Tangle of Terma Tales: Authenticity 126.2-129.1 201
Part III The Text in Translation
The Authenticity of Open Awareness: A Collection of the Essential Reasonings 223
Appendix Authenticity: Background Texts, Locus, and Chronology 311
Texts Cited in Authenticity 333
Glossaries 337
Bibliography 363
Index 381
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