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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Water Moons and Other Perfectly Pure Illusions: Longchen Rabjam’s Dzogchen Synthesis in Finding Rest in Illusion
by Lindblom, Sara, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2020, 128; 28257492
Abstract (Summary)

Longchen Rabjam (Klong chen rab 'byams) was a fourteenth century Tibetan Nyingma master who wrote countless works on Buddhist thought and practice, specifically Dzogchen (Rdzogs chen). This thesis considers his use of Indian Buddhist metaphor in Sgyu ma ngal gso (Finding Rest in Illusion), a text which goes chapter by chapter through eight classic metaphors of illusion. Through an inquiry into the social and political conditions of his time and a close reading on his chapter on the moon’s reflection in water, I propose that his use of metaphor is both a pedagogical tool for liberation as well as a political method to position Dzogchen alongside Madhyamaka in order to legitimate the Dzogchen tradition and associated Nyingma tantras. Moreover, I reflect on the broader implications of metaphor as a means to mend suffering, alter one’s relationship with their self and the world, and achieve pristine wisdom on the path to Buddhahood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gayley, Holly
Commitee: Levinson, Jules B., Denis, Diane
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 82/7(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Asian literature, Asian Studies
Keywords: Dzogchen, Longchenpa, Madhyamaka, Metaphor, Nyingma, Tibetan Buddhism
Publication Number: 28257492
ISBN: 9798569906000
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