By Sam Van Schaik
From Wisdom's acclaimed reports in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence, researcher and pupil Sam van Schaik introduces the Nyingma culture of Tibetan Buddhism, taking a look heavily at its perform of Dzogchen—and certainly one of Dzogchen's seminal figures, Jigme Lingpa—to make an in depth research of a center pressure inside Buddhism: does enlightenment advance steadily, or does it come unexpectedly?
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To assbrt that such a state, unlimited in time and space, is attainable by man is the message of Buddhism. Of course there is #no such thing as a limitless space or limitless time. Even modern physical science does not recog nize infinity in time and space. However, the Buddha brought forward his ideal, Nirvana (extinction), following his theories of selflessness and impermanence. Nirvana means extinction of life and death, extinction of worldly desire, and extinction o) space and time conditions.
It is one of the most important ideas of Mahayana and is indispensable for a clear understanding of the Buddhist doctrine as taught in the Mahayana. of this doctrine concerns FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY 41 the identification of life and Nirvana. Life itself is Nirvana, just as water and wave are identical. Life is one thing and Nirvana is another lifeless thing. If one attains Nirvana while yet living, life becomes identified with Nirvana but only in the sense of a state of mind because the body still exists.
D ) C a u s a tio n b y t h e U n iv e r s a l P r in c ip le (Dharma-dhatu) We have now penetrated the depth of the origin of causa3 For explanation see p. 41. FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY 35 tion, but it is still necessary! to consider the mutual relationship of the becomings of all things, and thus we pass on to the idea of universal causation. The universe (all things) is the dynamic manifestation or expression of the static principle. All things are mutually dependent, mutually permeating without giving any hindrance to one another.
Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual Methods of Dzogchen Practice in the Longchen Nyingtig (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism) by Sam Van Schaik