By Heidi I. Köppl
Esoteric Tibetan Buddhist scriptures train practitioners to imagine themselves as deities dwelling inside a mandala. through doing so, they assert, the practitioner will finally turn into the deity itself. yet are sentient beings instrinsically natural, or does visualization perform cause them to natural? during this eleventh-century observation, the popular Nyingma (Ancient college) pupil Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo units out his research of the character of purity. This penetrating learn, directed in the direction of students and critical practitioners, includes Koppl's English-language translation of Rongzom's unique textual content and her explication of his perspectives. Koppl's incisive research deals an outline of Rongzom's occupation and works and offers distinctive recognition to his critique of Madhyamaka philosophy. a few of Rongzom's techniques, Koppl indicates, are unconventional even in a Nyingma context.