Special Issue "Dzogchen"


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
Interests: Person Centred Medicine; Traditional Medicine; Dzogchen; Tibetan Tradition and Buddhism; spiritual development; moral and religious-spiritual development, research; sociology of health

Special Issue Information

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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  • 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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p. 412-422
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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p. 306-312
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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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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