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The introduction situates the commentaries that are the objects of this study in the wider history of early Dzogchen thought and provides an overview of the structure of the book as a whole. It also discusses issues of style and transmission in the study of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe’s Dzogchen commentaries.

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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 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 looks at one of Nubchen Sangye Yeshe’s important predecessors, Nyak Jñānakumāra, in order to show that Nubchen was not creating the category of Dzogchen out of nothing, but was building on and systematizing the work of previous exegetes in the tradition he inherited.

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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
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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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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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This chapter investigates the ramifications, in terms of embodied practice, for the kind of inwardness accessed through Dzogchen meditation. Inwardness is here looked at as a culturally embedded subjectivity that in Dzogchen is closely associated with spaciousness.

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In: Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe
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This chapter tackles the question of method in Dzogchen meditation, which is perhaps the area where the paradox of effortlessness is especially heightened.

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