For centuries, Dzogchen—a special meditative practice to achieve spontaneous enlightenment—has been misinterpreted by both critics and malinformed meditators as being purely mystical and anti-rational. In the grand spirit of Buddhist debate, 19th century Buddhist philosopher Mipham wrote Beacon of Certainty, a compelling defense of Dzogchen philosophy that employs the very logic it was criticized as lacking. Through lucid and accessible textural translation and penetrating analysis, Pettit presents Mipham as one of Tibet's greatest thinkers.
Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty
Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection
“A riveting and wonderful work, that gives the reader a real education in some of the most compelling issues of Buddhism, especially their impact on Dzogchen.”—Anne Klein, Rice University