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==Structure of the Text==
 
==Structure of the Text==
 
The text is structured as answers to the following seven questions:
 
The text is structured as answers to the following seven questions:
#According to which of the two negations do you explain the view?
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#According to which of the [[negation|two negations]] do you explain the view?
#Do arhats realize both types of selflessness?
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#Do [[arhat]]s realize both types of [[selflessness]]?
 
#Does meditation involve grasping at an object?
 
#Does meditation involve grasping at an object?
#Does one do analytical or placement meditation?
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#Should we do [[analytical meditation]] or [[settling meditation]]?
#Which of the two truths is most important?
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#Which of the [[two truths]] is most important?
 
#What is the common object of disparate perceptions?
 
#What is the common object of disparate perceptions?
 
#Does Madhyamaka have a position or not?
 
#Does Madhyamaka have a position or not?
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*[[Troshul Jamdor]], ''rnam bshad 'od zer dri med''
 
*[[Troshul Jamdor]], ''rnam bshad 'od zer dri med''
 
*[[Khenpo Jamyang Drubpé Lodrö]], ''nges shes rin po che'i sgron me'i rnam par bshad pa nges don sprin dkar glal ba'i sgra dbyangs''
 
*[[Khenpo Jamyang Drubpé Lodrö]], ''nges shes rin po che'i sgron me'i rnam par bshad pa nges don sprin dkar glal ba'i sgra dbyangs''
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It is also said that [[Pöpa Tulku]]'s ''Distinguishing Views and Tenets'' is a 'meaning commentary' on ''Beacon of Certainty''.
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==Teachings given to the Rigpa Sangha==
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*[[Khenpo Pema Sherab]], Shedra West, [[Lerab Ling]], 2010
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
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Revision as of 15:24, 1 May 2011

Beacon of Certainty (Tib. Ngeshé Drönmé; Wyl. nges shes sgron me) — a text by Mipham Rinpoche. It was composed by Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche at the age of seven[1]. Definitive knowledge needs to be arrived at in order to attain the fruit of the path. In this text the young Mipham answers seven questions going through the different approaches of the diverse traditions of Tibetan tradition, in order to bring about this definitive knowledge.

While giving insight into the key points of view and meditation on the level of madhyamaka and tantra, the main purpose of this text is to elucidate the teachings of Dzogchen[2], and the introduction to Khenpo Kunpal's commentary reads:

This Precious Beacon of Certainty is like an eye that brings all the difficult points of sutra and tantra into focus. Externally, it accords with Prasangika; internally, it accords with the Sutra that Gathers all Intentions (Tib. Gongpa Düpé Do ; Wyl. dgongs pa ’dus pa’i mdo) and the Guhyagarbha Tantra; secretly, it accords with the Great Perfection[3].

Structure of the Text

The text is structured as answers to the following seven questions:

  1. According to which of the two negations do you explain the view?
  2. Do arhats realize both types of selflessness?
  3. Does meditation involve grasping at an object?
  4. Should we do analytical meditation or settling meditation?
  5. Which of the two truths is most important?
  6. What is the common object of disparate perceptions?
  7. Does Madhyamaka have a position or not?

Translations

  • John W. Pettit, Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, Wisdom Publications, 1999

Commentaries

It is also said that Pöpa Tulku's Distinguishing Views and Tenets is a 'meaning commentary' on Beacon of Certainty.

Teachings given to the Rigpa Sangha

Notes

  1. According to Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok and Troshul Jamdor.
  2. John W. Pettit, Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1999), page 5.
  3. Ibid. page 128