Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty

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“A riveting and wonderful work, which gives the reader a real education in some of the most compelling issues of Buddhism, especially their impact on Dzogchen.”—Anne Klein, Rice University


Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

John W. Pettit His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

For centuries, Dzogchen—a special meditative practice to achieve spontaneous enlightenment—has been misinterpreted by both critics and malinformed meditators as being purely mystical and anti-rational. In the grand spirit of Buddhist debate, 19th century Buddhist philosopher Mipham wrote Beacon of Certainty, a compelling defense of Dzogchen philosophy that employs the very logic it was criticized as lacking. Through lucid and accessible textural translation and penetrating analysis, Pettit presents Mipham as one of Tibet’s greatest thinkers.

Learn more about the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series.

Read Mipham Gyatso’s biography at the Treasury of Lives.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 592 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $32.95
  • ISBN 9780861711574
  • ebook
  • 592 pages
  • $22.99
  • ISBN 9780861717194
about the author
Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty

John Whitney Pettit received his PhD in Buddhist studies from Columbia University. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty

Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.

Other books by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche:
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