Naked Seeing: The Great Perfection, the Wheel of Time, and Visionary Buddhism in Renaissance Tibet

Paperback | September 4, 2014

byChristopher Hatchell

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Naked Seeing investigates visionary yogas in the Tibetan Bon and Buddhist traditions: practices in which a meditator spends long periods of time in a dark room or gazing at the open sky, with the goal of experiencing luminous visions. The book examines these practices in two major esoterictraditions, known as the Wheel of Time (Kalacakra) and the Great Perfection (Dzogchen). As both of these traditions began experimenting with sensory deprivation, they found that immersion in darkness or light resulted in unusual experiences of seeing, and those experiences could then be used asgateways to pursuing some of the classic Buddhist questions about appearances, emptiness, and the nature of reality. This book presents the intellectual and literary histories of these practices, and also explores the meditative techniques and physiology that underlie their distinctive visionaryexperiences.The book contains complete English translations of three major Tibetan texts on visionary practice. These are: a Kalacakra treatise by Yumo Mikyo Dorje, The Lamp Illuminating Emptiness; a Nyingma Great Perfection work called The Tantra of the Blazing Lamps; and a Bon Great Perfection work calledAdvice on the Six Lamps, along with a detailed commentary on this by Drugom Gyalwa Yungdrung.

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Naked Seeing investigates visionary yogas in the Tibetan Bon and Buddhist traditions: practices in which a meditator spends long periods of time in a dark room or gazing at the open sky, with the goal of experiencing luminous visions. The book examines these practices in two major esoterictraditions, known as the Wheel of Time (Kalacak...

Chris Hatchell teaches in the field of Asian religions, with particular interests in Tibetan religion. His research focuses on Tibet, particularly the Bon religion and a system of philosophy and practice called the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen). He is especially interested in pursuing visual studies related to religious traditions, an...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199982910

ISBN - 13:9780199982912

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart One: Seeing Literature1. Yumo's Lamp Illuminating Emptiness2. The Tantra of the Blazing Lamps3. Advice on the Six LampsPart Two: Views4. Seeing Emptiness5. Seeing Light6. Seeing Through SexualityPart Three: Seeing SourcesTranslation 1: Yumo Mikyo Dorj.'s The Lamp Illuminating EmptinessTranslation 2: The Tantra of the Blazing LampsTranslation 3a: Advice on the Six LampsTranslation 3b: Drugyalwa's Commentary on the Intended Meaning of the Six LampsBibliography and AbbreviationsNotesIndex