Natural Perfection: longchenpa's radical dzogchen
Dzogchen, or the “Great Perfection,” is considered by many to be the apex of Tibetan Buddhism, and Longchen Rabjam is the most celebrated of all the saints of this remarkable tradition. Natural Perfection presents the radical precepts of Dzogchen, pointing the way to absolute liberation from conceptual fetters, and leading the practitioner to a state of pure, natural integration into one's true being.
Transcending the Tibetan context or even the confines of Buddhist tradition, Longchen Rabjam delivers a manual full of practical wisdom. Natural Perfection is a shining example of why people have continued to turn to the traditions of Tibet for spiritual and personal transformation and realization. Keith Dowman's illuminating translation of this remarkable work of wisdom provides clear accessibility to the profound path of Dzogchen in the here-and-now.
“Natural Perfection is a translation of a key work by Longchenpa, the most important exponent of Dzogchen. Dowman offers the reader the essence of Dzogchen stripped of any cultural trappings. Dowman’s radical Dzogchen is—like Alan Watts’ Zen—distinguished by its transcendence of the other aspects of Buddhist practice.”—Buddhadharma
“Keith Dowman has produced a straight-forward English rendition of this extraordinary text. I hope this book may bring the realization if the nature of things, just as they are, to all beings.”—Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, founder of the Dzogchen Community
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keith Dowman is the author of several books on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, including Flight of the Garuda and Sky Dancer. He lives in Kathmandu, Nepal.