This selection features profound, provocative, and at times humorous texts from some of the leading figures associated with the Rime tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, including Patrul Rinpoche, Jamg n Mipham, and Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima. The emphasis of these works is on the esoteric path of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection, through which the nature of reality is pointed out directly, just as it is.
Throughout the book the translator provides clear, succinct introductions to the translations, masterfully setting the scene and seamlessly threading together the individual works to tell a story of intellectual renaissance, intersectarian debate, and the transmission of cherished insights. The overall effect is to immerse the reader in a world in which scholarly analysis is of limited benefit and genuine wisdom means transcending the ordinary mind.
ADAM PEARCEY is a full-time translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts. He is the founder of Lotsawa House, an online library featuring several hundred translations, and was formerly director of the Rigpa Shedra. His previous publications include (as cotranslator) Mind in Comfort and Ease by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ga Rabjampa's To Dispel the Misery of the World, a work on mind training translated at the suggestion of the late Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.
"This anthology of some of the greatest scholar-saints of Tibet makes absolutely clear that Dzogchen, Mahamudra, and Madhyamaka practices come to the same point of realization. This is a great contribution to the understanding of Rim and a wonderful translation." --Ringu Tulku, author of The Ri-Me Philosophy of Jamg n Kongtrul the Great
"Among the wealth of precious texts translated from Tibetan, Adam Pearcey's Beyond the Ordinary Mind stands out. Here is a wisely chosen collection of instructions from some of the most eminent masters of recent times, clarifying crucial points related to the nature of mind and the union of emptiness and appearances--a book to be cherished, especially by those who aspire to deepen their understanding of Buddhist practice." --Matthieu Ricard, author of Enlightened Vagabond: The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche Beautiful. Meaningful. A rich array of key texts that carry us past the limitations of ordinary mind. These works are clear portals to the Great Middle Way, to the heart of Dzogchen, touching also on Mahamudra, and displaying an open, non-biased perspective. This readable translation brings new access to some of the greatest and most original minds of the last two centuries in Tibet. --Anne C. Klein, translator of Khetsun Rinpoche's Strand of Jewels: My Teachers' Essential Guidance on Dzogchen
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