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By Sam Van Schaik

Dzogchen, the nice Perfection, is the top meditative perform of the Nyingma tuition of Tibetan Buddhism. Approaching the good Perfection appears to be like 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 offered the following, besides huge research by means of van Schaik of a middle pressure inside Buddhism: Does enlightenment boost steadily, or does it come without warning? even though those positions are usually portrayed through sleek students as entrenched polemical perspectives, van Schaik explains that either trends are current inside all the Tibetan Buddhist faculties. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a brilliant representation of this balancing act, utilizing the rhetoric of each side to propel his scholars alongside the trail of the nice Perfection.

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