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Buddhadharma : Spring 2017
74 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly spring 2017 heart oF the Great perFection: dudjom lingpa’s visions of the Great perfection, vol. 1 by b. alan Wallace wisdom Publications, 2016 344 pages; $19.95 Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyel) from the age of three, Dudjom Lingpa became a charismatic teacher, treasure revealer (tertön), and celebrated author who was eventually recognized as an emanation of, among others, the Bud- dha’s disciple Shariputra, the great adept Saraha, and Khyeuchung Lotsawa, one of Padmasambhava’s twenty-five key the revered Nyingma master Gyatrul Rinpoche and the accomplished Ameri- can translator, writer, and teacher Alan Wallace to bring his teachings to a wider audience. Their collaboration has now culminated in the publication of Heart of the Great Perfection, Wallace’s superb collection of English translations of Dud- jom Lingpa’s “Pure Vision” writings on Dzogchen, the central theory and prac- tice of Nyingma. Unlike termas, which are long-hidden texts found in physical locales or the tertön’s mind, Pure Vision texts are directly received by a master while in a visionary ecstasy or dream. When issued in its entirety, Heart of the Great Perfection will comprise three volumes totaling almost a thou- sand pages, which any serious student of Dzogchen will want to own. Vol- ume one, under review here, contains the seminal Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra; a commentary on it revieWs pupils. He never became a monk and spent much of his life as a peripatetic yogi, traveling throughout Tibet and, it’s reputed, beyond, to various bud- dha realms and pure lands. At the end of his life, he is said to have passed into the distinctively tantric “rainbow body” by which an enlightened being may exit the world. His many sons and disciples shaped early twentieth-century Nyingma. And his voluminous writ- ings—including a famous autobiography (A Clear Mirror), various treasure texts in the so-called “New Terma” tradition, inspiring spiritual songs, and lucid medi- tation manuals—are as influential today as when they were composed. Dudjom Lingpa’s importance, even in the twenty-first century, is due in part to the eloquence and effectiveness of Dud- jom Rinpoche, who explicitly preserved and extended his predecessor’s work. It is also due in part to recent efforts by THE POWER OF PRESENCE B UDDHIST CENTER Experience a deep exploration of personal and collective presence during this 5-day retreat. Guided by a contemporary master teacher, you will discover many access points to awakening greater presence in your life. Through periods of silent meditation, personal inquiry, liberating teachings and group exercises, you will take your practice to the next level. June 21-25, 2017 in idyllic and serene Santa Barbara, California powerofpresence.org Dawa Tarchin Phillips, master Dharma Teacher and Director of Education at the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at UCSB, is a mindfulness and meditation expert and the resident teacher at Bodhi Path Santa Barbara. 2017SpringRetreat_ThirdSquarePgAd_BuddhaDharma_v2.indd 1 12/27/16 6:55 AM