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The Development Of The Rdzogs Chen Doctrine And Its Literature In The Tenth Century

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This chapter briefly examines the Cig car ba tradition in Tibet. The chapter on rDzogs chen in SM contains a very detailed exposition of the doctrines of rDzogs chen. An analysis of it might therefore help us to form an idea whether the Cig car ba tradition has made any contribution to the development of the rDzogs chen doctrines. The chapter on rDzogs chen begins with a short introduction giving an outline of the principal doctrine of rDzogs chen, namely the “Primordial Basis”. It must be pointed out that in the Cig car ba tradition the theory of gzhi has no role to play, but it is the mind which has the predominance. On the other hand, the Cig car ba tradition also holds that both cognition (’jal byed) and its object (gzhal bya) are “unborn” and that this principle is to be understood through “non-action” (brtsol med).

Keywords: Cig car ba tradition; rDzogs chen doctrines; theory of gzhi; Tibet

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