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The notion of effortlessness is central to the self-understanding of the Tibetan contemplative tradition known as Dzogchen. This book explores this key notion from a variety of perspectives, highlighting the distinctive role it plays in the Dzogchen approach’s doctrinal architecture and meditative programme.
The book’s focus is on the early development of the Dzogchen tradition, especially as codified in a set of hitherto unstudied commentaries by the 10th-century scholar and meditation master Nubchen Sangye Yeshe. A full annotated translation of the commentaries is provided, along with an edition of the Tibetan texts on facing pages.
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Edition of the Tibetan text of the Byang chub sems bde ba ’phra bkod kyi don ’grel.

Annotated translation of the Inlaid Jewel of Bliss Commentary. The text quoted in the commentary does not correspond to the identically named root text that is preserved in the various editions of the Ancient Tantra Collection.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter tackles the paradox of a practice of effortlessness by applying the concept of the transcendence-immanence relational polarity. It also attempts to place our enquiry within a wider intellectual horizon by comparing Dzogchen to other Buddhist approaches.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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The conclusion provides a synthesis of the various threads concerning effortlessness that the previous chapters had examined, emphasizing again the centrality of this notion for a proper appreciation of early Dzogchen thought.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter takes a look at the Dzogchen attitude towards conduct, i.e. the activities taking place outside of formal sessions of meditation.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter analyses how Nubchen reinterprets key tantric concepts from a Dzogchen perspective, thereby demarcating Dzogchen from the matrix of Mahāyoga ritualized contemplation that informs it.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter attempts to flesh out the implications of effortlessness for the Dzogchen conception of the path, introducing the notion of a spiralic path.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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The final chapter highlights the important role played by the context of transmission in the way these texts become scripts for an effortless form of practice.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter introduces the key notion of effortlessness and looks at the ways in which effortlessness is emphasized in Nubchen Sangye Yeshe’s commentaries, examining in particular some of the specific terminology that is used. It also introduces the distinction between effortlessness as a term of art and as a rubric of analysis.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter addresses an apparent contradiction in Nubchen’s own works, namely the contrast between his championing Dzogchen as a distinct vehicle on the one hand, and his being deeply involved with the transmission and practice of Mahāyoga on the other.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe