Penetrating Wisdom: the aspiration of Samantabhadra
The Aspiration of Samantabhadra belongs to the Dzogchen Tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Penetrating Wisdom is a detailed commentary by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on this aspiration of the Dharmakaya Buddha Samantabhadra. The aspiration itself is a prayer of the path to complete awakening with instructions to make our path more genuine and correct. It is a prayer that expresses the different manifestations of rigpa, or awareness, in ordinary life, and the aspiration for the realization of that, as well as the realization of the genuine path, and the genuine teacher.
Penetrating Wisdom includes the original Tibetan text, the English translation by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, and a glossary.
"One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist Teachers of his generation."
"Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's explanations reveal that the entire path is contained in the words of this one short prayer… lively and humorous style."
"…should be required reading for any student of Buddhist belief and Eastern religions: it blends observation, metaphor and a sharp analysis of faith to present 'The Aspiration of Samantabhadra' for new and experienced Buddhists alike, offering up a prayer which explores spiritual awareness in daily living… eye opening."
“The Aspiration of Samantabhadra belongs to the Dzogchen tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. It comes from the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra, known in Tibetan as Kuntuzangpo. Fundamentally speaking, this prayer is the aspiration of the dharmakaya buddha Samantabhadra.”
“In addition to being the prayer of a primordial buddha, it is a prayer of the path to complete awakening according to the Dzogchen tradition as well as a prayer of instructions that make our path more genuine and correct. It is a prayer that expresses the different manifestations of rigpa, which is our basic awareness, in ordinary life. Further, it is a prayer and aspiration for realization of rigpa, realization of the genuine path, and realization of the genuine teacher.”
“The state of primordially pure nature, kadak, is not made by anything. It is uncreated. This means that the fundamental state of absolute reality, the basic ground, has never been compounded by causes or conditions. That nature of primordial purity, kadak, is beyond any elaboration. It is beyond conceptual formation, which means it is beyond philosophy. It is not created by any creator, outside or inside. It is not created by Kuntuzangpo nor was it created by any buddhas in the past. Therefore, whether we are talking about the nature of our mind or the nature of the universe, primordial purity exists in that nature. Both exist on that ground which is completely free from conceptual elaboration, primordially pure. That’s why it is simple."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of the foremost scholars and educators of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. An accomplished meditation master, calligrapher, visual artist and poet, he is also well versed in Western culture and technology. He is the primary architect for the many websites under the Nalandabodhi/Nitartha umbrella and publisher of Bodhi magazine, an internationally distributed Buddhist periodical.
PART ONE: FAITH
PART TWO: DZOGCHEN
PART THREE: FUNDAMENTAL GROUND
Ground and Fruition
PART FOUR: EXPERIENCING LIBERATION
PART FIVE: RECOGNITION
Ground of Confusion
PART SIX: DUALISM
Attachment to Pleasure
Fruit of Clinging
Fruit of Aversion
PART SEVEN: CONCLUSION