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Unbounded WholenessBon, Dzogchen, and the Logic of the Nonconceptual$
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Anne Carolyn Klein and Tenzin Wangyal

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178491.001.0001

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Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved

Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved

Authenticity 104.3–126.1

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(p.137) 5 Samantabhadra and Scripture: Reasoning Resolved
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Unbounded Wholeness
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Anne Carolyn Klein (Contributor Webpage)

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178491.003.0006

Samantabhadra has a special and well-known place in both Bon and Nyingma understandings of Dzogchen's origins. Authenticity's further contribution is to invite Samantabhadra to preside over an inquiry into the relevance of reasoning, language, and concept to a path of nonconceptuality. In this regard, however, Authenticity does not consider a problem that its root text commentary must entertain — the extent to which phenomena that are the same in nature can authenticate or indicate the presence of one another. For, as an opponent observes, if one could use the sign, or reason, of one phenomenon to establish the presence of another with which it has no other relationship than being one in essence (ngo bo gcig) with it, then one would have to be able to establish an ox through the reason of a horse. This won't work, as there is no proof which establishes a connection between horse and ox, even though in a sense they are one in their nature of unbounded wholeness.

Keywords:   Authenticity, reasoning, Samantabhadra, Bon, Nyingma, Dzogchen

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