Rongzom Ch Kyi Zangpo S Concise Treatise, Establishing Appearances As Divine, Sets Out To Prove The Provocative Point That Everything That Appears Is Actually The Deity Manifest Transformation Of Both One S Identity And The Environment Is An Important Principle Of Tantric Buddhist Philosophy In Tantric Scriptures, One Is Instructed To Visualize Oneself As A Deity, A Divine Identity Who Resides In A Perfect Sphere By Repeatedly Training In This Visualization, One Perfects The Transformation And Ultimately Becomes The Deity Itself Do The Tantric Teachings Hold Sentient Beings To Be Intrinsically Pure And Divine, Or Do They Consider Them Initially Flawed To Be Later Purified Through The Visualization Of Divinity Is The Practice Of Deity Yoga Merely A Means, Or Is It Fundamentally Connected To The Nature Of Things These Questions Were Among The Main Concerns Of Rongzom Ch Kyi Zangpo, The Illustrious Philosopher Of The Nyingma School Of The Early Translations Establishing Appearances As Divine Sets Out To Prove The Provocative Point That The Tradition Still Highly Regards The Point Of View That Everything Which Appears Is Actually The Deity Manifest Many Books On Tibetan Buddhism Address The Important Themes Of Mind Training, Compassion, And Proper Conduct This Book Goes Beyond That In Its Aim To Bring The Reader Face To Face With His Or Her Divine And Pure Nature Its Method Is Unusual The Author Uses Reasoned Philosophical Arguments To Argue For Esoteric Tantric Buddhist Ideas And Practices The Result Itself Is An Unusual Book Held In High Esteem For Nearly A Thousand Years The Comprehensive Introduction Explores Rongzom S Philosophy Of Purity By Juxtaposing It With His View Of Madhyamaka, While Also Relating The Discussion To His Assessment And Application Of Reasoning For Readers Of Tibetan, The Book Contains A Comparative Edition Of The Tibetan Text As Well Establishing Appearances As Divine, Translated Here For The First Time, Embarks On The Project Of Unraveling The Magical Interplay Between Rationality, Truth, And Divinity, Bringing To Light The View That Underlies Tantric Buddhist Practices. A commentary on the short text of the same name makes up the bulk of this book It is well put together, placing Rangzom s thought within the larger context of Nyingma and Buddhist thought Unfortunately for us, Candrakirti s seminal text had not yet been introduced into Tibet, so much of Rongzompa s beef with madhyamaka ana
A struggle with unfamiliar terminology and approach for this Gelugpa The Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism has gotten the lion s share of attention from Western scholars It is time for the riches of the Nyigma to be made available. I just didn t understand it.
- 160 pages
- Establishing Appearances as Divine: Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo on Reasoning, Madhyamaka and Purity
- Heidi I. Koppl
- 08 April 2018 Heidi I. Koppl