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Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

A text belonging to the same cycle as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this instruction on the method of self-liberation presents the essence of Dzogchen, The Great Perfection, regarded in Tibet as the highest and most esoteric teaching of the Buddha. Teaching the attainment of Buddhahood in a single lifetime, this text was written and concealed by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century and rediscovered six centuries later by Karma Lingpa. The commentary by the translator is based on the oral teachings of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

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A self-reflective study

To the person who is curious about this book, I would say come honest. Be in the position to look at your own life, rather than blaming others. Knowing within that divinity- that which is greater than all of us- runs in you. Why do I say this? This book is very direct, much like the work with “wheel of sharp weapons striking at the heart of the foe”. The foe is inside, controlling our thoughts and actions. Reading material like this has helped me observe and understand my reactions to external situations and circumstances.
On page 27 of this book, it reads, “(for example), one does not need to have the taste of sugar explained by someone else. Not understanding this (intrinsic awareness) even Panditas can fall into error.”
This book is full of koan, and gnostic awareness. It is not a beginner’s book, and for that I am giving it a 4 rating. Given time for a full digestion of this deeply personal and profoundly meaningful material may upgrade that to a 5. Namaste.

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