The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History

The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History

Gyurme Dorje

Language: English

Pages: 1584

ISBN: 0861711998

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Written by a great modern Nyingma master, Dudjom Rinpoche's The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism covers in detail and depth both the fundamental teachings and the history of Tibetan Buddhism's oldest school. This, the first English translation of His Holiness' masterwork, constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West.

An absolute treasure for students of the tradition, it is also an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in Buddhism. The book includes chronologies and glossaries that elucidate Buddhist doctrine, and it provides fascinating insights into the Buddhist history of Tibet. Two treatises form the present volume, namely the Fundamentals of the Nyingma School and the History of the Nyingma School. Among the most widely read of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works, these treatises were composed during the years immediately following his arrival in India as a refugee. His intention in writing them was to preserve the precise structure of the Nyingma philosophical view within its own historical and cultural context.

This is the first time this text has been available in a trade edition. Beautifully presented, this single-volume edition represents a truly wonderful gift, and features illustrations in black and white and in color, plus maps, bibliographic information, and useful annotations.

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SECTION TWO: REFERENCE MATERIAL Contents v Introduction vii Guide to Pronunciation xi Abbreviations for Section Two xv NOTES 1 Fundamentals 2 History 27 3 GLOSSARY OF ENUMERATIONS Introduction 103 Glossary of Enumerations 105 BIBLIOGRAPHY Introduction 191 Part One: Works Cited by the Author Works Cited by the Author 199 1 2 3 4 Part Two: Works Referred to by the Translators Indic Texts 293 Tibetan Texts 297 Secondary Literature 301 Addenda to the Bibliography 316 ARTIFACTS AND

protecting the mind and as the continuum extending from ignorance to enlightenment. There are said to be three such continua - those of the ground, path and result. The continuum of the ground is another name for the nucleus of the tathagata, the buddha-body of reality, the family in which the natural expression of enlightenment abides and the pristine cognition of the ground-of-all - which have previously been explained in the context of Great Madhyamaka. However, the same continuum of the

ltself and the display of the magical net, which is the nature of all forms. Their thrones are everywhere, their celestial palaces are everywhere, they arise everywhere, their zenith is everywhere, their nadir is everywhere, their spheres are everywhere, their squares are ever,Ywhere, their triangles are everywhere, their faces are everywhere, theIr hands are everywhere, their feet are everywhere, their eyes are everywhere, and they face in every direction. Each sense organ, too: p~rf?rms. the

function of all sense organs, because the expanse of realIty IS mfimtely covered and enveloped by the unimpeded expressive power of pristine cognition. Accordingly, the Lion's Perfect Expressive Power (seng-ge rtsal-rdzogs chen-po'i rgyud, NGB Vo1.9) says: The face of Samantabhadra sees in all ten directions. The body of the all-seeing, all-positive [Samantabhadra] Has neither front nor back. With an eye which fills the ten directions, He sees form. And also in the Kalacakra Tantra: With hands

has been passed in evil existences, Liberation will swiftly be attained; There, too, less suffering will be experienced, And being disillusioned, one will mature sentient beings. As long as one has once awakened to this enlightened family, one will not be born in evil existences, and even if one is so born, one will be liberated in merely the time it takes to bounce a ball of yarn. There, too, suffering will diminish, and through strong disillusionment [with ~arpsara], one will indeed bring

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