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Buddhadharma : Spring 2017
spring 2017 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 75 entitled the Essence of Clear Meaning by Dudjom Lingpa’s disciple Pema Tashi; a text exploring the same terrain from a different angle called The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra; and a fascinat- ing work full of visionary reports and meditation advice entitled The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers. Volume two will focus on Dudjom Lingpa’s Buddhahood With- out Meditation and two related texts by Sera Khandro, perhaps the most accomplished female lama of the twen- tieth century and consort of Dudjom Lingpa’s son, Drime Özer. Volume three will be devoted to a translation of the Vajra Essence, a fully expanded version of the teachings first broached in the Sharp Vajra. The set of practices around which every text in volume one pivots (except The Foolish Dharma) is an eight-step process, revealed to Dudjom Lingpa by the primordial buddha Samantabhadra. It takes the practitioner from devotion to a spiritual master, through calm abid- ing (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana) meditation, to such mystical practices as “cutting through” (trekchö) and “direct crossing over” (tögel), all the way to buddhahood and the rainbow body. The key to ascending through the eight phases is to appreciate and settle into the Dzogchen perspective on real- ity, according to which the fundamental nature of ourselves—and the cosmos— is our inner pristine awareness (rikpa), also described by terms such as buddha- nature, the dharma-body of a buddha, or pure, absolute space. Because pristine awareness is what we are and always have been, the spec- tacle of deluded selves spinning endlessly through samsara is in certain ways quite misleading, since at the deepest level we always have been buddhas. Our hopes and fears, our joys and sufferings, and the world in which they play out are all simply emanations of this pristine awareness; they dazzle and deceive us so we do not see their true source and substance. Thus, the eight-phased path is simply a process of rediscovering an innate enlightenment that has never been lost. With its panoply of complex and sometimes unconventional tantric practices, it imaginatively explores the relationship of emptiness, mind, and things and plumbs the depths of con- templative experience. In doing so, it reclaims a purity from which we have never strayed and uncovers our own pri- mordial great perfection—a perfection that will, in T.S. Eliot’s words, “fructify in the lives of others.” In Wallace’s view, Dudjom Lingpa’s Pure Vision teachings can be boiled down to four essential practices: sha- matha, vipashyana, cutting through, revieWs like us watch us learn with us dharmacrafts.com 866.339.4198 Key code BDA DharmaC r a f t s Meditation Cushions Buddhist Statues Bells & Gongs Jewelry & Gifts Zen Garden DharmaKids THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES since 1979 Sign Up for Emails (Teachings, New products, Sales) and Request a Catalog!