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Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle


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The first English translation of a classic treatise on how the Tibetan practice of Dzogchen, or Great Perfection, is in fact the culmination of the path of Mahayana Buddhism.

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RONGZOM CHIKYI ZANGPO (eleventh century) was an important translator and exegete of New Translation School literature and the first defender of the Old Translation School. His works, whether translations from Sanskrit, commentaries on canonical texts, or original compositions such asaEntering theaWay of the Great Vehicle, sit on both sides of the Old School/New School boundary. He is remarkable among Old School figures in that the majority of them confined their literary output to the esoteric traditions of their past, whereas Rongzom engaged extensively with the New School literature and philosophy. He is regarded as one of the two archetypal figures for the Nyingma by no less an authority than the nineteenth-century scholar and adept Ju Mipham. DOMINIC SUR first studied with Tibetan masters in India, Nepal, and Tibet for several years before returning to the United States, where he was fortunate enough to study with several outstanding scholars of Buddhism at Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Virginia. In 2015, he completed a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Utah State University.


"Dominic Sur presents an outstanding study and translation of a renowned treatise by one of the greatest luminaries of Tibetan literature, the great Rongzompa. Starting with the Mahayana corpus, this volume illuminates how all the vehicles relate with, and culminate in, the Great Perfection. It is an invaluable addition to Buddhist literature in the West."--Tulku Thondup, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love

"In this book, Dominic Sur has rendered into clear and elegant English Rongzom Ch kyi Zangpo's Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, one of the great classics of Tibetan thought, and one of the earliest treatises composed by a self-avowed follower of the Nyingma or "Ancient" tradition. Studied to this day in Nyingma monastic colleges, Sur's translation of this important thousand-year-old work is a must read for anyone interested in Tibetan intellectual history, and especially the early philosophical elaboration of the Great Perfection."--Jos Ignacio Cabez n, Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara "The nature of suffering; the distinction (or lack thereof) between illusion and reality; the value of reason for the spiritual path: all of these essential Buddhist topics are treated with creativity and freshness in this key early work of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Sur's incisive English prose renders this rich philosophical work accessible while still retaining the precision and complexity of the original."--Kurtis Schaeffer, University of Virginia

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