A Clear Mirror
The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master
Publication Date: December 13, 2011
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Personal memoirs are not uncommon in Tibetan Buddhism, but A Clear Mirror offers an unusual variation: three levels of spiritual teachings, conveying outer, inner, and subtle aspects of wisdom, that give readers full access to the rich life of one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most respected figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was a Tibetan visionary and Great Perfection master, or tertön, a revealer of spiritual treasures called terma hidden in the Earth and in the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is renowned for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, through dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a number of enlightened spiritual beings, such as Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose wisdom he received and shares in this book.
A Clear Mirror reveals what high lamas regard as most sacred and intimate: spiritual evolution via the lens of an innermost visionary life. Lingpa recounts each step of his own enlightenment process—from learning how to meditate to the highest tantric practices—as he experienced them. A Clear Mirror is a spiritual adventure that also incorporates everyday meditation advice, designed for the lay reader as well as the more seasoned practitioner, in this evocative original translation.
Traktung Dudjom Lingpa’s legacy remains widely influential, due in part to the international presence of his reincarnate successor, the modern master His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. Translator Chonyi Drolma, who studied translation under Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, lives near Corralitos, CA. Lama Tharchin founded Pema Osel Ling, a Dudjom Lingpa-lineage Buddhist center near Santa Cruz, CA.
"Dudjom Lingpa’s autobiography is replete with epic visionary adventures, songs of realization, and everyday meditation advice that will inspire readers to consider enlightenment in a whole new light. Dudjom Lingpa grants readers access to his divine process—from learning how to meditate up to the highest tantric practices—as only he could have experienced it. Anyone interested in a revolutionary outlook on personal transformation will enjoy and benefit from these stories."
—Lama Tharchin Rinpoche