This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. Addressing such fundamentals as the guru-student relationship, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, recognizing basic awareness, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts, it is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to Tibetan Buddhism.
While the author is a traditionally trained master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he has won great appreciation in the West for his humor and his familiarity with Western culture. He has lived and taught in Europe and North America for many years; Penetrating Wisdom is based on a series of talks he gave in Germany and the United States.
“One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation.”—Sogyal Rinpoche
“Ponlop Rinpoche’s lively commentary, grounded in his own experience and profound learning, can awaken in the attentive reader something of the Naked Awareness that in any given moment is available behind the theater of the conceptual mind and ego-driven emotions. We can discover Naked Awareness by overcoming duality-based doubt and attachment. Everything else, as Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche would say, is sour grapes.”—Georg Feuerstein, author of The Deeper Dimension of Yoga
“Inspiringly presents the powerful aspiration which makes it impossible for all beings not to attain buddhahood. . . . Rinpoche makes difficult concepts understandable and assisted me to situate Dzogchen in the Vajrayana tradition. The inclusion of question-and-answer sessions between Rinpoche and his students also helped me to grapple with new ideas.”—Thar Lam