* Dzogchen Essentials * Quintessential
Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion
Dawns as Wisdom
Quintessential Dzogchen elucidates how our confusion can dawn as wisdom.
Arranged for the simple practitioner, these 42 pithy instructions, by
some of the greatest masters, both past and present, as well as excerpts
from the most profound scriptures, strike the heart of the Buddha’s
teachings by explaining how to both acknowledge and train in your own
enlightened essence. Marcia Binder Schmidt has been an editor and publisher
of books on Vajrayana Buddhism for over fifteen years. With her husband,
author and translator Erik Pema Kunsang, she founded and currently runs
Rangjung Yeshe Publications, an independent publisher of Buddhist texts
Dzogchen is a pragmatic method for getting
in touch with the pure, clear awareness that is hidden under our constant
flow of anxious thoughts. Quintessential Dzogchen makes available the
methods to meet and utilize this rich spiritual path.
Quintessential Dzogchen includes a useful editor’s preface and,
an introductory teaching by the leading meditation Master, Tulku Urgyen
Rinpoche as well as classical and original pieces that impart crucial
explanations. Not merely for the scholar, this is a hands-on work.
For centuries Dzogchen has been a secretly held and privately transmitted
teaching, which was unknown beyond the confines of Tibetan culture.
But that changed in the final decades of the last century, as many Tibetans
saw the long-awaited unfolding of a famous ninth-century prophecy: “When
the Dark Age is rampant, the Dzogchen teachings will blaze like wildfire.”
Quintessential Dzogchen offers a joyful way to access the traditional
and profound principles of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a guidebook on how
to study, contemplate and meditate in a supportive and abundant environment
of rich material and practices. Here is a definitive, knowledgeable
map for where practitioners of this path are going and how to get there.
It includes the basics for proper understanding and practice -- a source
anyone on this path can turn to for guidance.
Quintessential Dzogchen combines study and practice in a program that
is easy to do and comprehend. It is based on the distinctive style of
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, widely known for his unique directness in introducing
students to the nature of mind in a way that allows immediate experience.
It draws on the teachings of some of the greatest masters of Dzogchen
and is replete with pieces that are simple, direct and profound. It
offers a way to acquire the correct ‘grounding’, as well
as the confidence that we can become enlightened.
Both teachers and students alike can use Quintessential Dzogchen. Teachers
can use it as virtual textbook for their students. Students will be
able to find, in a single source, a complete outline of the advanced
path as well as in-depth explanations of each part of that path, along
with ways to apply these teachings to their own practice. The book adapts
the presentation of the Dzogchen path for the modern student, while
using traditional principles; among key topics are non-conceptual meditation
and recognizing mind nature.