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Rdzogs Chen Thought And Its Critics In The Eleventh Century

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With the eleventh century the authors enter into a relatively well known period in Tibetan religious history. It was the formative period of all the subsequent development of Tibetan religious thought, and was also a period of retrospective study of the religious practices prevalent in the immediately preceding centuries. The wording of the edict concerning rDzogs chen does not permit one to interpret it in as sure a way as would be desirable. It is clear that Rong-zom Paṇḍita has made an attempt to bring rDzogs chen within the line of general Buddhist teachings, and then prove the validity of the doctrine. The arguments of the critics of rDzogs chen according to him impose two necessities: the need to prove its authenticity by examining if rDzogs chen has any Sanskrit origin and whether it can be proved according to the established system of Buddhist logic.

Keywords: Buddhist teachings; eleventh century; rDzogs chen; Rong-zom Paṇḍita; Tibetan religious history



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