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Heart of the Great Perfection: Dudjom Lingpa's Visions of the Great Perfection Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01AS3WJRK
- Publisher : Wisdom Publications (7 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3614 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 214,006 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the most frustrating book I've ever bought in my entire life.
The cover is beautiful. The layout is perfect. The dharma in it is unspeakably brilliant and I can't read it because of the editors. We can only pray they release the book in a normal format that all other books in the history of the English speaking world have so far chosen to use?
Thank you Alan Wallace for these Translations and your teachings.
No people, I have never met Mr. Wallace and probably never will do though I do recognize a Master of Buddhist teachings when I see one and Mr. Wallace is such though he would probably never say that.
Forward and Preface add 30 pages to the already lengthy 303 page text, but don’t skip them if you want to get the lay of the land. The same can be said for the Introduction. The introduction describes the life story of Dudjom Lingpa and the lineage that followed him.
When we reach the first of the translations, we have been prepared to expect the extraordinary and there is no disappointment in “The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra.” Separate commentaries to a master’s teachings are common with Tibetan texts and that is what occurs next. The commentary called “Essence of Clear Meaning” was recorded by Dudjom Lingpa’s disciple Pema Tashi. It may be that you will want to skip to the commentary, then go back to enjoy the original text. This first commentary alone is worth the price of admittance. Phase Five (page 89) on determining dualistic grasping and revealing the way to natural liberation is brilliant.
The next section is “The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers.” As previously mentioned it was the subject of several retreats over a course of years. Though short, its analysis of reality is exceptional and certainly not the work of an idiot as the self-deprecating title might suggest. The Foolish Dharma is followed by the extremely challenging “The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra,” last save a lengthy and excellent Glossary. Reading it feels a little like one might imagine the climb up Mount Everest.
This is certainly no place for a beginner to start his journey along the Buddhist path. In fact Dzogchen is considered the pinnacle, and traditionally many works have been considered secret, to be taught only when the teacher considers the pupil ready. Traditionally this was after years of study and meditation. Some would say the teachings are self- secret, unclear until the student is ready. There are also those who consider them dangerously confusing if read without direction. Perhaps a course of action would be to purchase the book, begin reading, and then decide if it’s the time to tackle the entire text. If not put it close by and return periodically to it as you progress along the path. Or maybe you’re that rare practitioner who instantly awakens. In any case you will be left in awe of the poetic beauty of the writing in this translation.