By Padmasambhava, Jamgon Mipham, The Padmakara Translation Group

A center textual content of the Nyingma culture of Tibetan Buddhism, provided in English for the 1st time, with statement by means of Jamgön Mipham, one of many Nyingma tradition's such a lot lucid and outstanding minds.

A concise observation via the eighth-century Indian Buddhist grasp Padmasambhava on a bankruptcy from the Guhyagarbha Tantra, which provides an summary of the various Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical perspectives, together with the good Perfection (Dzogchen), with an explicative remark via the nineteenth-century student Jamgön Mipham (1846-1912). Padmasambhava's textual content is a center textual content of the Nyingma culture since it offers the root for the approach of 9 cars (three sutra cars and 6 tantra cars) that for this reason grew to become the accredited manner of classifying the various Buddhist paths within the Nyingma culture. Mipham's statement is the only most typically used to clarify Padmasambhava's instructing. Mipham is celebrated for his prolific, lucid, and unique writings on many matters, together with technological know-how, medication, and philosophy, as well as Tibetan Buddhist perform and concept.

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The four views described above are all analogous to ignorance, the opposite of knowledge. In this section, which describes the positions of worldly beings, Padmasambhava confined himself to a description of their views. He did not discuss their paths and results, for he considered that this would serve no purpose. 2. EXPLANATION OF BUDDHISTS’ VIEWS a. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The path that leads beyond the world has two aspects: the vehicle of characteristics and the Diamond Vehicle. The supramundane path leading beyond the world, which is related to the untainted path, can be divided into two vehicles.

What do we mean by the unreflective? They are those who have no understanding at all of the existence or otherwise of the karmic causes that produce all the phenomena we perceive externally and internally and the results that they produce. They are completely unthinking, utterly ignorant and bewildered with regard to the karmic law of cause of effect. The materialists have no understanding as to whether or not there are previous and future lives. They work to achieve strength, riches, and power in this one life, for which they rely on the secret knowledge of worldly beings.

Connection” refers to the causal characteristic of knowledge. This is the realization that all things that are conceptualized as the phenomena of total affliction and complete purity have, from the very beginning, the nature of the enlightened body, speech, and mind. It is the understanding that all phenomena are, by nature, the ultimate expanse of the enlightened state and that this is the meaning of blessing. This knowledge is the connection with the goal, for it is the cause for accomplishing unsurpassable buddhahood.

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