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By Padmasambhava & Jamgon Mipham

A Garland of perspectives offers either a concise observation by way of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist grasp Padmasambhava on a bankruptcy from the Guhyagarbha Tantra at the diverse Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical perspectives, together with the good Perfection (Dzogchen), and an explicative statement on Padmasambhava’s textual content by way of the nineteenth-century pupil Jamgön Mipham (1846–1912).

Padmasambhava’s textual content is a center textual content of the Nyingma culture since it presents the foundation for the method of 9 cars (three sutra cars and 6 tantra automobiles) that hence grew to become the authorized manner of classifying the various Buddhist paths within the Nyingma tradition.

Mipham’s observation is the single most ordinarily used to provide an explanation for Padmasambhava’s instructing. Mipham is widely known for his prolific, lucid, and unique writings on many matters, together with technology, drugs, and philosophy, as well as Tibetan Buddhist perform and concept.

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Once again, we are indebted to Tsadra Foundation for its generous and patient sponsorship of this translation project. Finally, we are, as ever, grateful to Nikko Odiseos, Michael Wakoff, and the Shambhala team for their energy and expertise in producing the finished book. A GARLAND OF VIEWS A Pith Instruction by the Great Master Padmasambhava Publisher’s note: The original Tibetan of A Garland of Views is broken up as it is in the print edition of this book—by page—with each portion followed by its English translation.

This unborn nature appears as an illusory display, capable of performing functions and symbolized by O, the nature of the enlightened body. The awareness that realizes this—namely, the illusory gnosis, which is without center or circumference—is symbolized by OM, the nature of the enlightened mind. This is the realization by means of syllables. The realization that comes about through blessing is the realization that just as the power to “bless” white cotton and make it red is present in madder, so too the power to bless all phenomena as enlightened lies in being blessed by the power of the realization that there is a single cause and of the realization by means of syllables.

The vehicle of characteristics teaches the general and specific characteristics of phenomena and the characteristics of total affliction and complete purity separately and distinctly, showing what is to be abandoned and what is to be adopted. The Diamond Vehicle teaches that total affliction and complete purity are essentially inseparable and unchanging as the maṇḍala of the enlightened body, speech, and mind. b. DETAILED EXPLANATION i. PRESENTATION OF THE VEHICLE OF CHARACTERISTICS A) BRIEF INTRODUCTION The vehicle of characteristics has three further divisions: the Listener Vehicle, the Solitary Realizer Vehicle, and the Bodhisattva Vehicle.

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