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.
John Whitney Pettit received his PhD in Buddhist studies from Columbia University. He lives in Woodstock, New York.
Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.
Lama Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche was a great Nyingma scholar of the 19th century, who wrote a prodigious number of works on all subjects, as well as brilliant commentaries on both sutra and tantra.
In his remarkable text - Beacon of Certainty - he illuminates some essential points of Madhyamika philosophy according to the view of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen).