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Title: Lights and visions in 'Rdzogs chen' thinking
Author: Scheidegger, Daniel Amadé
ISNI:       0000 0001 3554 9405
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2004
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The principal topic of this dissertation is the Rdzogs chen doctrine of a kind of fundamental Intelligence which is supposed to be the ground for both, samsara and nirvana. This ground is said to be an inseparable union of primordial purity and spontaneous perfection. Whereas its primordial purity is defined as empty of any qualifications, its spontaneous perfection is a luminous potentiality which arises as whatsoever. This arising occurs by means of Four Lamps and is a projection of the Inner empty and luminous Space of the ground into Outer Space (phyi'i dbyings). How it arises and how it finally dissolves back into its Inner Space (nang dbyings), is explained as consisting of Four Visions. A short but comprehensive account of this projection and of the view of the Rdzogs chen doctrine in general is contained in "The Eleven Themes" by Wong chen rab 'byams (1308-1364) which serves as basis for a detailed description of Intelligence and its multifarious reality of lamps or lights and visions as understood in Rdzogs chen thinking.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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