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Devotion, a Lamp That Illuminates the Ground: Non-Referential Devotional Affect in Great Completeness

Department of Religion, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Religions 2020, 11(3), 148;
Received: 23 January 2020 / Revised: 19 March 2020 / Accepted: 19 March 2020 / Published: 23 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2019))
I explore how devotion (mos gus) is re-interpreted as non-dual and non-conceptual through Mahāyoga tantric creation (skyed) and completion (rdzogs) stage practices as an expression of the ground (bzhi) for Longchenpa (klong chen rab ‘byams, 1308–1364) and Jigme Lingpa (‘jigs med gling pa, 1730–1785). Devotion, a felt-sense, allows for there to be something akin to a residue from these mental constructs that allows for a practitioner to carry over her experience into a later phase of meditation. Firstly, devotion, as an affect is necessarily non-dual because tantra entails pure perception (dag snang). Secondly, I demonstrate that for Longchenpa, tantra is a method that relies on non-conceptual frameworks. Finally, I address how devotion pivots ordinary mind (sems) towards recognizing this ground. Through this progression, there is a profound synchronicity between full-on openness to devotion and the infinitely spacious reality. View Full-Text
Keywords: Nyingma; great completeness; Tantra; Vajrayana Buddhism Nyingma; great completeness; Tantra; Vajrayana Buddhism
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Ford, R. Devotion, a Lamp That Illuminates the Ground: Non-Referential Devotional Affect in Great Completeness. Religions 2020, 11, 148.

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