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Old Man Basking in the Sun: Longchenpa's Treasury of Natural Perfection Author:Forwarded by Chogyal namkhai Norbu, Translation by Keith Dowman
Category:Tibetan Buddhism Popularity:
A new translation and commentary by Keith Dowman on Longchenpa's Treasury of Natural Perfection. Dzogchen is the apotheosis of Tibetan Buddhism and Longchenpa is the pre-eminent master of Dzogchen and one of Tibet's greatest mystical poets. The verses of his Treasury of Natural Perfection (Gnas lugs mdzod) encompasses and epitomizes the radical precepts of Dzogchen while his auto commentary elaborates their meaning through a concise prose paraphrase and illustrative quotations from the Collection of Tantras of the Ancients (Rnying ma rgyud 'bum). Through the precept "non action" - which is savoured like "an old man basking in the sun" - Dzogchen teaches the natural perfection of all our experience, and all our lives, just as it is, without need of any alteration. Transcending the Tibetan context, Longchenpa delivers a manual of mystical wisdom for all people at all times.
"Now that Ati Dzogchen is spreading in the West, we need a popular translation of this extraordinary text, and the benefit will be seen as direct experience of the nature of mind." Namkhai Norbu.
"The warm breath of the lineage of experience has brought a fresh spring-time through the dedicated work of Keith Dowman, in which the frozen words of the past thaw out in ways that move us." James Low.
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Publication: 2006 Number of Pages: 303+ ISBN: 978994664498