The natural state of being. Texts from the Dzogchen tradition
Author: J. Low
The texts translated here, copied by James Low in India from the small libraries of itinerant yogis and composed by masters such as Padmasambhava, Patrul Rinpoche and Garab Dorje, present essential teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, from the preliminary to the more advanced practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. The progressive order of the instructions, which start from the reflection on the preciousness of human rebirth, on impermanence and death and arrive at the exposition of the non-dual vision, is typical of the traditional teachings that describe the whole path. Low's general introduction and commentary, rather than “explaining” the texts, introduce the reader to the Tibetan world view, so different from the western one, allowing him to understand and apply the meditative techniques illustrated in the first person. The last four chapters, taken from seminars held by Low himself, deepen some basic points of the Buddhist tradition, filtered through the experience of a Western practitioner: taking refuge and "bodhicitta", devotion to the guru, the nature of clear and enlightened per se of the mind, the reifying function of language and the non-dual state of awareness perceptible in the empty space between thoughts.