Mipham's Beacon of Certainty

Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

By John W. Pettit; Tom J. F. Tillemans; Penor Rinpoche (Foreword by)
(Wisdom Publications (MA), Paperback, 9780861711574, 592pp.)

Publication Date: September 2002

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For centuries, Dzogchen - a special meditative practice to achieve spontaneous enlightenment - has been misinterpreted by both critics and malinformed meditators as being purely mystical and anti-rational. In the grand spirit of Buddhist debate, 19th century Buddhist philosopher Mipham wrote "Beacon of Certainty," a compelling defense of Dzogchen philosophy that employs the very logic it was criticized as lacking. Through lucid and accessible textural translation and penetrating analysis, Pettit presents Mipham as one of Tibet's greatest thinkers.



About the Author
John Whitney Pettit received his PhD in Buddhist studies from Columbia University. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

Tom J.F. Tillemans is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. With a focus on Buddhist logic and epistemology, Madhyamaka philosophy, and comparative philosophy, he was from 1998-2006 co-editor of the "Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies". Born in 1950 in the Netherlands and raised in Canada, he now serves as a senior project editor for the 84000 project tasked with translating the scriptures of the Tibetan Buddhist canon. He divides his time between Switzerland and British Columbia, Canada.

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