Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

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Simon and Schuster, 1999 - Philosophy - 573 pages
For centuries, Dzogchen - a special meditative practice to achieve spontaneous enlightenment - has been misinterpreted by both critics and malinformed meditators as being purely mystical and anti-rational. In the grand spirit of Buddhist debate, 19th century Buddhist philosopher Mipham wrote Beacon of Certainty, a compelling defense of Dzogchen philosophy that employs the very logic it was criticized as lacking. Through lucid and accessible textural translation and penetrating analysis, Pettit presents Mipham as one of Tibet's greatest thinkers.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Life and Works of Mipham Rinpoche
19
An Overview
41
4 Tibetan Buddhist Traditions and the Great Perfection
71
5 Philosophical Distinctions of Miphams Thought
101
6 The Beacon of Certainty
125
Some Conclusions
169
8 The Translation of the Beacon of Certainty
187
A Commentary on the Beacon of Certainty
241
10 The Lions Roar Proclaiming Extrinsic Emptiness
415
Explanatory Diagrams and Tables
429
Glossary of Technical Terms
439
Notes
461
Bibliography of Works Consulted
533
Index
557
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John Whitney Pettit received his PhD in Buddhist studies from Columbia University. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.

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