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The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra, and Dzogchen
In The Crystal and the Way of Light, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu examines the spiritual path from the viewpoint of Dzogchen. He discusses the base path and fruit of Dzogchen practice, and describes his education and how he met his principal master who showed him the real meaning of direct introduction to Dzogchen. By interweaving his life story with the teachings, he both sets D ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Snow Lion
(first published December 31st 1986)
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This is a very accessible and straightforward presentation of the basics of Dzogchen contemplation, along with a few stories about different Dzogchen masters (which I skimmed over). A number of simple analogies are presented so that the reader can understand what is needed to practice Dzogchen in their daily lives. For readers lacking sufficient awareness to keep from becoming lost in thought (a prerequisite to Dzogchen), the book lists a number of non-Dzogchen practices that may be helpful to b ...more
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (Tib. ཆོས་རྒྱལ་ནམ་མཁའི་ནོར་བུ Chos-rGyal Nam-mkha'i Nor-bu) was one of the foremost 20th century masters of Dzogchen and lead Buddhist retreats through out the world. As a child he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924) and later by the sixteenth Karmapa as a reincarnation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), th ...more