Beacon of Certainty
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. 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, 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.
Structure of the Text
The text is structured as answers to the following seven questions:
- According to which of the two negations do you explain the view?
- Do arhats realize both types of selflessness?
- Does meditation involve grasping at an object?
- Should we do analytical meditation or settling meditation?
- Which of the two truths is most important?
- What is the common object of disparate perceptions?
- Does Madhyamaka have a position or not?
- 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
- Khenpo Kunpal, nges shes rin po che'i sgron me'i tshig gi don gsal ba'i 'grel chung blo gros snang ba'i sgo 'byed
- Khenpo Nüden
- 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
It is also said that Pöpa Tulku's Distinguishing Views and Tenets is a 'meaning commentary' on Beacon of Certainty.