Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

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by Dzogchen Ponlop
     
 

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Mahamudra and Dzogchen are perhaps the most profound teachings within all of Tibetan Buddhism. The experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also

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Mahamudra and Dzogchen are perhaps the most profound teachings within all of Tibetan Buddhism. The experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development. These are the two paths that provide practitioners with the most skillful means to experience the fully awakened state and directly taste the reality of our mind and environment. And yet these concepts are notoriously difficult to grasp and challenging to explain. In Wild Awakening, Tibetan Buddhist master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents these esoteric teachings in a style that reveals their surprising simplicity and great practical value, emphasizing that we can all experience our world more directly, with responsibility, freedom, and confidence. With a straightforward approach and informal style, he presents these essential teachings in a way that even those very new to Tibetan Buddhism can understand.

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"I know of no more complete, practical, and accessible guide to the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explains with striking clarity and richness the heart of the 'practice lineage,' as, step by step, he leads us through the Sutra, Mantra, and Essence Mahamudra, and the nine vehicles that culminate in the Great Perfection: Dzogpachenpo."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is an amazing human being. For seven lifetimes he has been a recognized master of Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation. In this lifetime, he was first in his class at the Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Philosophy. He has studied modern psychology and has an intimate understanding of the Western mind, having lived and taught in Europe and North America for many years. This book he has written is like a shining lamp that illuminates the path to realizing your own basic nature. Read it and let it open you up to the wish-fulfilling jewel of your own true nature of mind."—Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, author of The Sun of Wisdom

"A fascinating and daring description of the tantric journey by one of the very finest contemporary Tibetan teachers. Deeply informed by impeccable scholarship, this book is a profound and subtle evocation of the experience of Mahamudra and Dzogchen that modern people will find clear, inspiring, and compelling."—Reginald A. Ray, author of Indestructible Truth and Secret of the Vajra World

Library Journal
A Tibetan monk and founder of Nithartha International, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents an explanation of two advanced methods of practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Mahamudra (The Great Seal) and Dzogchen (The Great Perfection) are esoteric practices about which Westerners are curious and about which much is being written. Some aspects of these practices remain secret, and genuine practice requires the guidance of an experienced teacher, but this volume goes a long way toward demystifying the concepts involved. These are not, however, ideas that are easily described or easily grasped. Although the author does an admirable job of expressing things in accessible language, readers will need some familiarity with Buddhist thought as well as patience with the Buddhist proclivity for lists in order to appreciate fully what is being presented. Not for beginners, but a valuable addition to the growing literature regarding advanced practice techniques; recommended for academic collections and larger public libraries.-Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Elizondo, Virgilio P. A God of Incredible Surprises: Jesus of Galilee. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590300961
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2003
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,384,000
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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