A Garland of Views: A Guide to View, Meditation, and Result by Padmasambhava, Jamgon Mipham, The Padmakara Translation

By Padmasambhava, Jamgon Mipham, The Padmakara Translation Group

A center textual content of the Nyingma culture of Tibetan Buddhism, awarded in English for the 1st time, with observation via Jamgön Mipham, one of many Nyingma tradition's so much lucid and wonderful minds.

A concise observation by means of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist grasp Padmasambhava on a bankruptcy from the Guhyagarbha Tantra, which supplies an summary of the several Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical perspectives, together with the good Perfection (Dzogchen), with an explicative statement via the nineteenth-century pupil Jamgön Mipham (1846-1912). Padmasambhava's textual content is a middle textual content of the Nyingma culture since it presents the foundation for the procedure of 9 cars (three sutra automobiles and 6 tantra automobiles) that in this case turned the approved method of classifying different Buddhist paths within the Nyingma culture. Mipham's statement is the single most ordinarily used to clarify Padmasambhava's instructing. Mipham is widely known for his prolific, lucid, and unique writings on many matters, together with technological know-how, drugs, and philosophy, as well as Tibetan Buddhist perform and concept.

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In the method of perfection, on the ultimate level, one never moves from the male and female deities (who on the ultimate level are beyond arising and cessation) and from the expanse of truth, the middle way beyond all concepts. On the relative level, one clearly visualizes the form body of the sublime deity, meditating on everything as the same yet distinct. By this means, one gains accomplishment. In the method of the Great Perfection, one realizes that all phenomena, mundane and supramundane, are inseparable in being, by nature and from the very beginning, the maṇḍala of the enlightened body, speech, and mind.

A. EXPLANATION OF THE DIFFERENT VIEWS 1. EXPLANATION OF NON-BUDDHISTS’ VIEWS a. BRIEF INTRODUCTION The false views entertained by beings in the world are without number, but they can be summarized as being of four kinds: those of the unreflective, the materialists, the nihilistic extremists and the eternalistic extremists. The outer universe—the sphere of disintegration, the world composed of perishable things—is inhabited by sentient beings who are imputed merely on that which the mind fails to discern as the continua of the five aggregates.

Rather than emphasizing the outer requisites, they consider the yogic practice to be most important: they meditate on the male and female deities, who on the ultimate level are beyond arising and cessation; and with the concentration of a perfectly pure mind concordant with that view, they meditate, sealed with the four mudrās, on the form body of the sublime deity. By this means they gain accomplishment. The view of those engaged in the vehicle of the inner Yogatantra of skillful means has three aspects: the method of generation, the method of perfection, and the method of the Great Perfection.

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