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A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Philosophical and Theological Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Paolo Roberti di Sarsina

Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8, Milano 20126, Italy
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Interests: Person Centred Medicine; Traditional Medicine; Dzogchen; Tibetan Tradition and Buddhism; spiritual development; moral and religious-spiritual development, research; sociology of health

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Dear Colleagues,

Dzogchen (Tibetan rdzogs pa chen po, Sanskrit Mahāsandhi) means Total Perfection or Total Completeness and refers to the condition of primordial potentiality of each individual. It is a Teaching which reveals the original state of every individual, a condition which is presented as “perfect” because of its infinite potentiality to manifest in the variety of all phenomena of existence. Once directly awakened by the Direct Introduction given by the Master, this perfection is experienced as one’s innermost nature, the Nature of Mind. Continuous awareness of this nature, then, is the fundamental practice that leads to the unveiling or manifestation of one’s primordial potentiality. The method through which we enter into the knowledge of Dzogchen and discover our real condition is called Dzogchen Teaching. The knowledge of Dzogchen goes back to ancient times, according to the the traditional religious view. In our era it was first transmitted by Garab Dorje (dga’ rab rdo rje, Sanskrit Prahevajra), a few centuries after Buddha Shakyamuni. Dzogchen has been transmitted for centuries and centuries in an uninterrupted lineage from Master to disciple down to the present day.

This special issue, which builds on the editor’s contribution to RELIGIONS (vol. 3, pp. 163–82) invites Dzogchen lineage holders, representatives of all the Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bön Religion, as well as other scholars to submit articles on Dzogchen spirituality, practice, doctrine and from historical and comparative perspectives.

Dr. Paolo Roberti di Sarsina
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Dzogchen
  • Shang-Shung
  • Bön
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Path of Self-Liberation
  • Guruyoga, Primordial State
  • Direct Transmission or Direct Introduction
  • Self-Perfected-State
  • Rainbow Body

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Open AccessArticle The Mirror: Advice on Presence and Awareness (dran pa dang shes bzhin gyi gdams pa me long ma)
Religions 2013, 4(3), 412-422; doi:10.3390/rel4030412
Received: 1 July 2013 / Revised: 26 August 2013 / Accepted: 6 September 2013 / Published: 9 September 2013
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“The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness” (dran pa dang shes bzhin gyi gdams pa me long ma) is a short text that describes the essence of the Dzogchen teaching (rdzogs chen, total perfection). Concerning the way to establish this point of view
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“The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness” (dran pa dang shes bzhin gyi gdams pa me long ma) is a short text that describes the essence of the Dzogchen teaching (rdzogs chen, total perfection). Concerning the way to establish this point of view (lta ba), the main point is to have a direct understanding through the experience of our primordial state of pure presence, beyond any mental or intellectual construction. With regard to meditation (sgom pa), this involves practicing in order to be sure to understand our own true nature, the non-dual condition of the calm state (the essence of the mind) and movement (its natural energy). Behavior (spyod pa) is the integration of meditation in all our daily activities, continuing in the state of pure presence in every circumstance of life. This is the total realization. Full article
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Open AccessArticle On Dealing with Destructive Emotions through the “Path of Self-Liberation”
Religions 2013, 4(2), 306-312; doi:10.3390/rel4020306
Received: 15 April 2013 / Revised: 17 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 20 June 2013
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In the majority of Buddhist systems and traditions, destructive emotions—hatred, craving and delusion—are considered as the main obstacle to enlightenment and dealt with as such through various methods of counteracting and neutralizing. In the supreme teaching of Dzogchen, however, they are but one
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In the majority of Buddhist systems and traditions, destructive emotions—hatred, craving and delusion—are considered as the main obstacle to enlightenment and dealt with as such through various methods of counteracting and neutralizing. In the supreme teaching of Dzogchen, however, they are but one of the infinite aspects of the primordially self-perfected dimension of the true nature of mind. Thus they are allowed to show their utterly harmless essence—non-ego, beyond-good-and-evil, empty and luminous—through the path of self-liberation. Full article
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Open AccessReview Chögyal Namkhai Norbu — The Master Who Revealed Dzogchen to the Western World
Religions 2013, 4(2), 230-239; doi:10.3390/rel4020230
Received: 1 February 2013 / Revised: 10 April 2013 / Accepted: 12 April 2013 / Published: 18 April 2013
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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is one of the last great masters of Dzogchen to have been born and fully educated in Tibet, before the Chinese takeover. He was soon recognized as a great reincarnated lama. This short biography is divided in two parts: the
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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is one of the last great masters of Dzogchen to have been born and fully educated in Tibet, before the Chinese takeover. He was soon recognized as a great reincarnated lama. This short biography is divided in two parts: the first retraces his steps from his birth in the Tibetan region of Kham until his flight from Tibet to Sikkim, reporting also teachings and initiations he received from his Masters. The second part starts when he arrived in Italy in 1960, invited by Professor Giuseppe Tucci, the greatest Italian Orientalist of his time, to work at the IsMeO, now the Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient (IsIAO). In the 70s Chögyal Namkhai Norbu began to teach Dzogchen to his first students. Interest soon became widespread and having received invitations from all continents, he began to travel and teach throughout the world, founding the worldwide Dzogchen Community, whose main objective is to preserve and develop an understanding of Dzogchen, as well as preserving Tibet's extraordinary cultural patrimony. Full article
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