By John W. Pettit
For hundreds of years, Dzogchen--a precise meditative perform to accomplish spontaneous enlightenment--has been misinterpreted by means of either critics and malinformed meditators as being in simple terms mystical and anti-rational. within the grand spirit of Buddhist debate, nineteenth century Buddhist thinker Mipham wrote Beacon of walk in the park, a compelling safeguard of Dzogchen that employs the very good judgment it used to be criticized as missing. via lucid and obtainable textural translation and penetrating research, Pettit provides Mipham as one among Tibet's maximum thinkers.
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The arrow also began to move back from the center of the river to the shore. This was seen by everyone present. 3] When he was in Chamdo there was much talk of a Chinese invasion, and Mipham's attendant, the venerable Lama 'Od gsal, was worried. Mipham said, "If I am to be the highest general of the destroyer of the barbarians, the Rigden King Wrathful One with Iron Wheel,1231 should be up to this. "124 Thus, when Mipham was staying near sGa stod, the foreign army went there, but even though the lama's place of residence was on the way, they were not able to go that way, and were forced to take a detour.
101 Such stories are quite numerous. He perused the entire bKa' 'gyur about seven times. The various profound meanings as well as the order of the different titles arose in his mind spontaneously, not just because he had read them, but due to the blossoming of his intellect through lengthy practice of the service and accomplishment (sevasddhana, bsnyen sgrub) of his chosen deity, as well as the deity and lama's blessing. 6] In brief his treatises, with their amazing transforming and protecting ('chos skyob) qualities, are untainted by the slightest contradiction, repetition, irrelevance, or incompleteness.
From now on, preserve them through teaching, debating, and composition. Cause the Victor's teaching to remain in this world for a long time," and empowered him as a master of the Dharma. 104 30 MIPHAM S BEACON OF CERTAINTY Thus, he completely mastered the profound view, extensive activities, and the final significance of all modes of perfect reasoning, and his fame pervaded the world. With four great essential reasons,105 he was endowed with the name Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rNam rgyal rgya mtsho. [mKhyen brtse dbang po] bestowed upon him important supports of enlightened body, speech, and mind, and as a symbol of his empowerment as Dharma regent, he was given [mKhyen brtse's] own pandita's hat with a long tip, along with lofty praises.