Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspriation of Samantabhadra. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 2006. Hardcover, viii + 174 pages.
Forty-two-year-old Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is deemed an accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist, and poet, as well as gifted and innovative teacher. The present book, compiled from talks given by him in Germany and the United States, captures not only his sharp intelligence but also his poignant humor.
Penetrating Wisdom is Ponlop Rinpoche’s commentary on the well-known “Aspiration of Samantabhadra” prayer, which summarizes the essence of Dzogchen by celebrating “lucid awareness without bewilderment.” By generating oneself (that is, visualizing oneself) as the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra, one can not only be liberated from all illusion and confusion but also effect the liberation of others. This is the great aspiration of all Bodhisattvas.
Ponlop Rinpoche’s lively commentary, grounded in his own experience and profound learning, can awaken in the attentive reader something of the Naked Awareness that in any given moment is available behind the theater of the conceptual mind and ego-driven emotions. We can discover Naked Awareness by overcoming duality-based doubt and attachment. Everything else, as Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche would say, is sour grapes.
This book includes the root text, which is the ninth chapter of the Tantra of the Great Perfection Which Shows the Penetrating Wisdom of Samantabhadra, in English and Tibetan.
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