The revelations of Düdjom Lingpa, a highly influential mystic of 19th century Tibet, translated by B. Alan Wallace, widely respected for his lucid and readable translations of Tibetan Buddhism.
Düdjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was one of the foremost tantric masters of his time. This new series includes his visionary teachings on the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), the pinnacle of practice in Tibet's oldest Buddhist school.
Volume 1 contains four works explaining the view and practice of the Great Perfection, the signature style of meditation of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism:
The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra: This work is considered the root distillation of Düdjom Lingpa's wisdom.
Essence of Clear Meaning: This definitive commentary, which unpacks the quintessential verses of The Sharp Vajra, is based on Düdjom Lingpa's oral teachings recorded by his disciple Pema Tashi.
The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers: Düdjom Lingpa narrates the essential Dharma teachings from the perspective of an old man rejecting superficial appearances.
The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra: A masterful exposition of the Great Perfection is revealed as a dialogue between wisdom beings who bestow a treasury of pith instructions and specific advice for practitioners.
While the teachings in this series have inspired generations of Tibetans, few have been published in translation—until now.
About the Author
Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind. A scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, Dr. Wallace has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He is the author of Stilling the Mind and The Attention Revolution. Wallace lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
Table of Contents
Foreword Sogyal Rinpoche ix
The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra Düdjom Lingpa 27
Essence of Clear Meaning Pema Tashi 39
Phase 1 Taking the Impure Mind as the Path 47
Phase 2 Revealing Your Own Face as the Sharp Vajra of Vipasyana 59
Phase 3 Revealing the Ground Dharmakaya 65
Phase 4 Determining the Characteristics and Qualities of the Ground 77
Phase 5 Determining Secret Dualistic Grasping and Revealing the Way of Natural Liberation 89
Phase 6 Teachings on the Essential Points of Practice and Their Key Distinctions 97
Phase 7 How to Follow the Path of the Great Clear Light, Direct Crossing Over 107
Phase 8 How to Dwell in the Ground of Being 131
The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers Düdjom Lingpa 139
The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra Düdjom Lingpa 163
Phase 1 Taking the Impure Mind as the Path 165
Phase 2 Revealing Your Own Face as the Sharp Vajra of Vipasyana 169
Phase 3 Revealing the Ground Dharmakaya 170
Phase 4 Determining the Characteristics and Qualities of the Ground 173
Phase 5 Determining Secret Dualistic Grasping and Revealing the Way or Natural Liberation 181
Phase 6 Teachings on the Essential Points of Practice and Their Key Distinctions 188
Phase 7 How to Follow the Path of the Great Clear Light, Direct Crossing Over 200
Outline of Essence of Clear Meaning 213
About the Translator 305