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By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the good Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma tuition of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the nice Perfection seems to be at a seminal determine of this lineage, Jigme Lingpa, an eighteenth-century pupil and meditation grasp whose cycle of teachings, the Longchen Nyingtig, has been passed down via generations as a whole route to enlightenment. Ten of Jigme Lingpa's texts are awarded the following, besides large research through van Schaik of a middle stress inside Buddhism: Does enlightenment boost progressively, or does it come by surprise? notwithstanding those positions are frequently portrayed by way of smooth students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either traits are current inside of all of the Tibetan Buddhist faculties. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a smart representation of this balancing act, utilizing the rhetoric of either side to propel his scholars alongside the trail of the nice Perfection.

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