The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's latest book, Penetrating Wisdom, provides a penetrating insight into the Buddhist paths of Dzogchen and Tantra by the head of Nalanda West, an innovative meditation master who is both authoritative on traditional schools of Tibetan meditation and schooled in contemporary culture of the West.
With deep compassion, sharp observations, and arresting metaphors, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explicates "The Aspiration of Samantabhadra" for both new and experienced practitioners. This Dzogchen prayer explores the different manifestations of rigpa, our basic awareness in daily life, and constitutes a set of instructions for refining the path of practice. Given as a series of talks in Germany and the United States, Penetrating Wisdom includes the text of the prayer, Rinpoche's always-lively commentary, and lucid answers to questions posed by his students.
Basing his talks on this most famous exposition of the Buddhist view of the origin of the sacred universe, explained as a proclamation in the Buddhist tantras of the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche illuminates the philosophy and meditation practices of Dzogchen, the highest and most profound teaching of all of Tibetan Buddhism. With precision that does not intimidate the uninitiated, Rinpoche explains the basic nature of our very own mind--complete enlightenment--and how we may go about making this nature of mind manifest through making profound aspirations and through relying on the skillful methods of the Vajrayana, Tibetan Buddhism's "indestructible" path of insight.