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The Precious Treasury of The Way of Abiding Hardcover – January 1, 1998

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Padma; First Edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 298 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1881847098
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1881847090
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, advanced Dzogchen by its great master
By Neal J. Pollock on April 14, 2008
This is the 1st of Longchenpa's 7 Treasuries (reputed to be the finest Dzogchen books ever written) translated by Richard Barron who intends to translate all 7 (he says he likes this one the best, but I like [[ASIN:1881847322 The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena]] better). Interestingly, Dowman translated it also 8 years later as [[ASIN:9994664492 Old Man Basking in the Sun: Longchen Rabjampa's Treasury of Natural Perfection]]. But I like Barron's version better: IMHO less literal but more poetic and, perhaps, closer to the meaning. It's 1st 4 chapters address the main themes of the Dzogchen view: Ineffability, Openness, Spontaneous Presence, & Oneness. The final chapter describes "The Individuals to Whom These Teachings May Be Entrusted." This is an advanced Dzogchen text, difficult for newbies to grasp--yet continual exposure to such texts can enable one's subconscious to absorb much more than is apparent to the outer consciousness or ego--much like Jung's studies in alchemical symbolism (e.g. ASIN:0691097666 "Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy" CW14) & [[ASIN:0691018316 Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.12)]]). Longchenpa interlaces many excerpts from numerous Tantras in his works esp. The All-Creating Monarch (published in English as [[ASIN:1559391200 The Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde]]). The actual text is only 200 pages but it covers a lot of Ground. A few of the main points are:

What appears as movement is actually static (like a movie which is created by quickly changing still pictures), cause-effect-karma is reliable but not valid, openness is the opposite of reification, value judgments must be transcended, the natural state is effortless & spacious, outer & inner [transcendent & immanent] are of one taste, the Ground of Being has no context or frame of reference--it is non-conceptual, the two main approaches of Dzogchen are p. 252: `Cutting through solidity' [trekcho] & `making the quantum leap' [tögal], these involve avoiding fixation & reification, and

pp. 199-200: "The All-Illuminating Sphere" Tantra--In unobstructed space, artificial boundaries are imposed by the construction of a building, the space within the building divided from the naturally pure space. Undifferentiated through an open doorway, these 2 `spaces' are clearly without separation. In being connected by the doorway of timeless awareness, the 2 aspects--awareness as it is hemmed in by habitual patterns & awareness as it abides in space--abide in supreme & unobstructed non-duality [open systems] when the physical body that results from habitual patterns has been removed as a hindrance.

For the serious Dzogchen scholar and/or practitioner, this is a must-read (if not must-have) book. Others available in the series: [[ASIN:188184742X The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions (The Seven Treasuries Series)]], [[ASIN:1881847446 The Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems]], and the self-commentary on the Basic Space of Phenomena=[[ASIN:1881847306 a Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission: A Commentary on the Precious Treasure of the Basic Space of Phenomena]](also translated by Schmidt as [[ASIN:B000IZZ8EK The Scriptural Treasury. This is the Commentary on the First Chapter of "The Precious Treasury of Dharmadhaatu"]]). Longchenpa also wrote 3 trilogies but only one is presently available in English: [[ASIN:0913546453 Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Wonderment (Tibetan Translation, )]] & [[ASIN:B00071OX46 Kindly bent to ease us: From the Trilogy of finding comfort and ease (Tibetan translation series)]].
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