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The Cig Car Ba Tradition In Tibet

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This chapter looks at a work which belongs to a relatively later period than the Tun-huang documents, e.g. the Rig pa’i khu byug, the sBas pa’i rgum chung and the works of gNyan dPal-dbyangs which are extensively quoted in it. This work, after the Tun-huang documents is the most important work that has yet come to light. It is devoted to the exposition of the different Buddhist approaches to enlightenment: the doctrines of the Gradualist (Rim gyis pa), of the Simultaneist (Cig car ba), of the Mahàyoga tantras and of rDzogs chen. The work is therefore unique in treating the doctrine of the Cig car ba on equal terms with the doctrine of the Rim gyis pa in Tibetan religious tradition, and it seems to be the first and last Tibetan work to have included all four doctrines in one work in the framework of a basic text and auto-commentary.

Keywords: Cig car ba; Mahàyoga tantras; rDzogs chen; Tibetan religious tradition; Tun-huang documents



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