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Buddhadharma : Summer 2010
69 summer 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly Dzogchen has been growing in popularity over the last three decades, arguably playing a significant role in the explosion of interest in Tibetan Buddhism in the West. It’s not hard to see the reasons for this. Taking as their raw material nothing more than the present state of one’s own mind, the teachings of Dzogchen point out that this mind is inherently pure, already enlightened, and merely over- looked in our day-to-day distraction. This mind, as it rests in the present moment’s awareness (known in Tibetan as rigpa), is beyond conceptualization and can’t be fabricated through effort. As Dzogchen has found increasing popularity in the West, different ways of teaching it have emerged. Three newly published works highlight this difference, two of them favoring a traditional approach following a gradual path of prac- tice laid out by the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the other presenting Reviews Natural PerfectioN translation and commentary by Keith Dowman Wisdom Publications, 2010 304 pages; $17.95 (paperback) eNtraNce to the Great PerfectioN translated and introduced by cortland Dahl snow lion, 2010 342 pages; $22.95 (paperback) the collecteD WorKs of DilGo KhyeNtse shambhala Publications, 2010 Vol. 1–3; $165 (hardcover) Sam van Schaik is a researcher and scholar working at the British Library with the early Tibetan manuscripts from the sealed cave at Dunhuang. he is author of Approaching the Great Perfection and co-editor with matthew kapstein of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang (Brill, 2010). Holistic or radical dzogcHen? reviewed by sam van schaik