Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual by Sam Van Schaik

By Sam Van Schaik

From Wisdom's acclaimed experiences in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence, researcher and student Sam van Schaik introduces the Nyingma culture of Tibetan Buddhism, taking a look heavily at its perform of Dzogchen—and one in all Dzogchen's seminal figures, Jigme Lingpa—to make an in depth research of a middle pressure inside of Buddhism: does enlightenment boost progressively, or does it come unexpectedly?

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When the clear and empty nature, which is self-originated wisdom (rang byung ye shes), looks it sees directly itself. These words are only used as a teaching for being introduced. However, if you only follow to the words it gives you not the real meaning. These words are giving just one portion of the meaning. They are not showing the complete nature. Whatever you can express with words does not come close to its real meaning which is only experienced by having clear experiences through practice.

33 different from dualistic mind it is called the king of self-awareness (rig pa´i rgyal po). Then there is nothing to do. Then, is it a kind of laziness? Yes, it can be but it is important that itself realizes itself. If you look lazy or not does not change anything in realizing itself. In the schools of Dagmepa (bdag med pa)82 which do not recognize a self (bdag, atman/pudgala) they do not realize the emptiness correctly but only the anatman, the non-inherent existence of a self. There is proverb which says that this view is like burying a man with rocks.

The differences in Tantra are different according to its four classes of Tantra90. Even the differences of Dzogchen and Sutra are more there exist these differences with Tantra. Whereas Sutra thinks that the nature is quite different from the nature of Tantra and Dzogchen and its practice must neccessarily focus on both emptiness and accumulation of virtues with two different knowledges, Tantra adds the seeds for visualistion of mandalas and deities to this nature. According to their view this is neccesary in order to achieve the result of Buddhahood which is not only Dharmakaya but also Sambhogakaya91.

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