Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

by Dzogchen Ponlop


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Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra by Dzogchen Ponlop

A description of the Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen path of awakening, with instructions and guidance for following it.

With deep compassion, sharp observations, and arresting metaphors, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explicates "The Aspiration of Samantabhadra" for both new and experienced practitioners. This Dzogchen prayer explores the different manifestations of rigpa, our basic awareness in daily life, and constitutes a set of instructions for refining the path of practice. Taken from material from a series of talks in Germany and the United States, Penetrating Wisdom includes the text of the prayer, Rinpoche's always-lively commentary, and lucid answers to questions posed by his students.

This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. Containing key fundamentals about the Vajrayana path—the guru-student relationship, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, recognizing basic awareness, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts—this book is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to Tibetan Buddhism.

While the author is a traditionally trained master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he has won great appreciation in the West for his humor, familiarity with Western culture, and his unique talent for using examples that are drawn directly from Western metropolitan lifestyles. He has lived and taught in Europe and North America for many years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590304167
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,312,630
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, born in 1965 in northeast India, was trained in the meditative and intellectual disciplines of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of many of the greatest masters from Tibet’s pre-exile generation. He is a widely celebrated teacher, known for his skill in making the full richness of Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern minds, and devotes much of his energy to developing a vision of a genuine Western Buddhism. His other books include Rebel Buddha, Wild Awakening, and Mind Beyond Death.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword vii

The Aspiration of Samantabhadra 1

Part 1 Faith

Aspiration Prayer 9

Vajra Master 12

Lineage Principle 16

Guru-Disciple Relationship 20

Part 2 Dzogchen

Great Perfection 29

Five Aspects 33

Recognizing Rigpa 37

Part 3 Fundamental Ground

Basic Purity 45

Ground and Fruition 55

Part 4 Experiencing Liberation

Spontaneous Awareness 67

Five Wisdoms 74

Buddha Families 79

Deity Principle 82

Part 5 Recognition

Bewildered Ignorance 93

Five Poisons 97

Ground of Confusion 104

Part 6 Dualism

Attachment to Pleasure 117

Fruit of Clinging 121

Fruit of Aversion 128

Inflated Mind 134

Continuous Struggle 138

Mindless Apathy 141

Part 7 Conclusion

Concluding Aspirations 149

The Benefit 152

Kunzang Mönlam 155

Glossary 163

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