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Simply Being: Texts in the Dzogchen Tradition
By: James Low

Simply Being

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Author: Low, James
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Simply Being is a collection of thirteen translations accompanied by four of the author's lectures. Of the thirteen translations, only five turn out to be rdzogs chen texts. Of the others, five are standard teachings on the meditations and contemplations associated with the sngon 'gro ("preliminaries"), one is a treatise on the madhyamaka, and two are songs associated with the mahamudraa tradition. That aside, the translations are the best aspect of the book, Low's approach being intelligent, clear and generally unobtrusive. The original texts are written in the manner of oral instructions (gdams ngag) and the style of translation complements the simple, pithy style of most of the authors. Low avoids using any non-English words, which is bound to result in a certain arbitrariness -- for example, sku (Sanskrit kaya) is given as "mode." He does, however, usefully include the Tibetan for some of the technical terms. One of the five rdzogs chen texts, the Tshig gsum gnad brdegs, has previously been published in translation in The Golden Letters by John Reynolds (Snow Lion, 1996). The others are identified as being written by the famous dPal-sprul Rin-po-che, a certain Bye-tshang-pa Chos-rje Rin-po-che (whom Low has been unable to identify) and Padmasambhava (the text is gSang sngags lam gyi rim pa). The author offers to send the original Tibetan text for five of the translations, which includes two of the rdzogs chen texts, on request.

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