mirage wrote:I own the first volume of Light of Wisdom, but I still have to read it thoroughly. For some reason I found it less easily understandable than Lamrim Chenmo: it often feels like Nyingma authors just tend to assume that reader had a far greater level of realization/understanding than I actually do. So I was hoping for something a bit more basic.
My Dharma background was Gelugpa, Kagyu, then Nyingma. It's interesting in the Kagyu that the Jewel Ornament of Liberation begins with the chapter on Tathāgatagarbha (buddha nature) as the starting premise. What I find in the Nyingma is that the prayers of aspiration and confession seem to be based on the failure and short comings of one not realising primal purity or kadak. This is just my personal observation and it might be off the mark. But that has a power effect on myself as an ordinary practitioner on the path and makes me sit up trying to implement that awareness when doing those prayers and practices.
So I think it can be a matter of perspective of the path in how the path is manifest in the different traditions. Like many great masters, they can appreciate all these perspectives, helps serve the diversity of sentient beings.
"When a Dzogchen Yogi hears Shakyamuni Buddha turning the Wheel of the Dharma of the Four Noble Truths he hears Samathabhadra proclaiming the most profound Dzogpachenpo." - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche