- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.; 1 edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882680404
- ISBN-13: 978-0882680408
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cycle of Day and Night Paperback – April 1, 2000
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The Cycle Of Day And Night by Namkhai Norbu is a practical guide to a fundamental practice of the Dzogchen system of Tibetan Buddhism, presented in a clear and direct manner. It is written by an acknowledge contemporary master of that ancient tradition. Central to Dzogchen, the "Great Perfection", is contemplation -- the immediate experience of the primordial state of the individual, the unconditioned nature of the mind. This nature of the mind transcends the specific contents of mind, the incessant flow of thoughts reflecting our social, cultural, and psychological conditioning. Based on the teaching by Garab Dorje, the first human master of the Dzogchen lineage, The Cycle Of Day And Night gives a translation of the author's Tibetan Text, together with a commentary drawn from the author's extensive oral explanations. Actual methods are given for entering into contemplation and integrating it with our activities during the 24 hour cycle of day and night. --Midwest Book Review
Text: English, Tibetan (translation)
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The second half consists of a translation of Norbu Rinpoche's (12 page) root text (The Cycle of Day and Night), and his auto-commentary (again heavily filtered through his translator/editor). The intent and import of these teachings is not religious or philosophical, but practical - their application to the experience of pure presence (rig-pa) in our own continuum of days and nights. The tone is fresh and immediate. "This awareness (shes-pa) or pure presence (rig-pa) of which we speak here arises at the very first fresh instant before the mind has had a chance to come into operation, functioning dualistically in terms of subject and object." (pg.68)
Even though these teachings are simple, they are also dense, and best practiced with the personal guidance of a master like Namkhai Norbu so that the intellectual (translation) process becomes less important than the direct transmission and realization aspect. So as clear as these teachings may be they are probably most useful as a refresher for someone already traveling this path.
(Also highly recommended is his more recent Longchenpa's Advice from the Heart)
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