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The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

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Flight of the Garuda conveys the heart advice of one of the most beloved masters of Tibet. The itinerant yogi Shabkar communicates the essence of the Dzogchen teachings through song both poetic and poignant.
Along with Shabka's songs, Keith Dowman has translated four other seminal Dzogchen texts, including one by Patrul Rinpoche that is new to this edition.. Dzogchen
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Wisdom Publications (first published 1994)
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Several passages in The Flight of the Garuda are well worth reading for anyone looking to integrate Dzogchen into their meditation or everyday life. However, they are hidden in obscure history and obscurer language. As a historical document, this book is probably great. But for people who don't care to learn about the guru-lamas and dogma behind the wisdom, Alan Watts lectures are probably more accessible to become familiar with the attitudes of Dzogchen, and guided meditations by Joseph ...more
Fuad Fuad
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know about dzogchen, you must read this book.In this book, dzogchen practices clearly explained.Best book about dzogchen I,ve ever read till this time.
Bill Gusky
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Way deep into the arcane mythology of specifically Tibetan Buddhism, for which, perhaps sadly for me, I have little patience.
Juan Restrepo
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Una joya de una profundidad nunca antes vista. Traducida por un yogi-poeta-místico-laico, receptor de la visión del Dzogchen y amante de Gratefuldead.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dharma
I read this book slowly as a poet and meditation practitioner, with some very solid experience in the former and pretty good experiential grounding in the latter. I think it's like a guide book to a place that you can only really understand after you've visited it at least once. So the bits that I have experience with, I read and thought, yes exactly so! And also aha, so that's you I find that place again. The bits I didn't have experience with were sometimes beautiful and sometimes interesting ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tibetan-buddhism
When I followed a teaching given by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on this text I found that this translation is quite off the mark in places and very misleading. I had already read this book several years before going back to reading it again during the retreat. Some of Keith Dowmans imterpretations were wildly different from the commentaries given by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. I hope that people are not offended when I say this, but on several key points the translater was unfamiliar with the meaning of ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a Rinpoche as a sort of practice text. However he does not speak english and probably could not rate the translation. It has some well respected base texts in it. I just found the commentary very flowery and overly philosophical, and therefore hard to understand perhaps for many on that basis and creating unnecessary boundaries. I think it would be accessible to more people, and potentially thus beneficial, if it was toned down a bit and more 'plain english'. So I ...more
Brady Owen
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
Amazing introduction to the Dzogchen Tradition. Beautiful language, timeless wisdom, relaxing read.
Xavier Alexandre
Very esoteric, includes numerous references to unexplained and sometimes hard to believe concepts. Only for the faithful... A few interesting outlooks on the self.
Written in the Dzogchen tradition (which Sam talks about in waking up as the bullseye of philosophy)
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“In Dzokchen, compassion is much more than the virtue of loving kindness. Nor does the word compassion in the Dzokchen context denote its English etymological meaning, “suffering together” or “empathy,” although both these meanings may be inferred. Essentially, compassion indicates an open and receptive mind responding spontaneously to the exigencies of an ever-changing field of vibration to sustain the optimal awareness that serves self-and-others’ ultimate desire for liberation and well-being. The conventional meaning of compassion denotes the latter, active part of this definition, and, due to the accretions of Christian connotation, response is limited to specifically virtuous activity. “Responsiveness” defines the origin and cause of selfless activity that can encompass all manner of response. On this nondual Dzokchen path virtue is the effect, not the cause; the ultimate compassionate response is whatever action maximizes Knowledge—loving kindness is the automatic function of Awareness.” 2 likes
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