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Cycle of Day and Night Paperback – April 1, 2000
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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)
Now, from understanding the words to starting to live the message took me at least 20 years. As Krishnamurti said: If you get there "You" will not be there. So don't be astonished if you stumble over a few blocks.
The book is clearly written and nicely edited (by John Reynolds), and once you "digest" its message and are able to practice Dzogchen--nondual primal awareness--you'll be on the highway to Buddhahood--though no one can tell you when you'll arrive at your final Destination.
A final point: Even though this is a fine text on Dzogchen practice, author-guru Namkhai Norbu does not understand the Trikaya (the Buddhist Triple Body), and this misunderstanding is also evident in the writings of his students and associates, most notably John Reynolds and Tenzin Wangyal. Consequently, even though this is the best current Buddhist text on contemplation, eventually someone who truly understands the Trikaya will write a better one.
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