Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

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Shambhala Publications, 2003 - Religion - 300 pages
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Mahamudra and Dzogchen are perhaps the most profound teachings within all of Tibetan Buddhism. The experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development. These are the two paths that provide practitioners with the most skillful means to experience the fully awakened state and directly taste the reality of our mind and environment. And yet these concepts are notoriously difficult to grasp and challenging to explain. In Wild Awakening, Tibetan Buddhist master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents these esoteric teachings in a style that reveals their surprising simplicity and great practical value, emphasizing that we can all experience our world more directly, with responsibility, freedom, and confidence. With a straightforward approach and informal style, he presents these essential teachings in a way that even those very new to Tibetan Buddhism can understand.

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A Tibetan monk and founder of Nithartha International, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents an explanation of two advanced methods of practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Mahamudra (The Great Seal) and ... Read full review


The Nature of the Path
The Path That Brings Experience
The Groundless Ground
Mahamudra Shamatha
Mahamudra Vipashyana
The Four Yogas of Mahamudra
The Three Kayas
The Shravakayana and the Pratyekabuddhayana
The Bodhisattvayana
The Vehicle of Austerity
The Final Breakthrough
Editors Acknowledgments

Mantra Mahamudra
The Mind of Nowness
About the Author

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, born in 1965 in northeast India, was trained in the meditative and intellectual disciplines of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of many of the greatest masters from Tibet's pre-exile generation. He is a widely celebrated teacher, known for his skill in making the full richness of Buddhist wisdom accessible to modern minds, and devotes much of his energy to developing a vision of a genuine Western Buddhism. For more information, go to www.rebelbuddha.com.

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