Conférence CEIB-INALCO : The Composition of a Manual of Dzogchen Meditation

Le Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme (CEIB) et l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) ont le plaisir d’annoncer la conférence suivante :

The Composition of a Manual of Dzogchen Meditation

par Stéphane Arguillère

(maître de conférences, INALCO)

Jeudi 18 juillet 2019 15h-17h
Salle 5.09 Inalco, 65 rue des grands moulins 75013 Paris

Résumé de la conférence :

Tülku Tsullo (1884-1957), an important scholar of the Nyingma
branch of Tibetan Buddhism, is the author of a large meditation
manual on a cycle of « revelations » of the «treasury discoverer »
Rigdzin Gödem (1337-1408), the Direct Revelation of the
Intention of Samantabhadra (Kunzang Gongpa Zangthal). This
corpus had, to some extent, fallen into disuse since the early
18th Century; Tülku Tsullo’s comprehensive manual was surely
an attempt to revive this tradition. An exhaustive historical and
philological inquiry on this text revealed the complete making of
the text, drawing largely on 14th century sources of which it is
more or less a patchwork — not only of those that are clearly
acknowledged, but also a few writings of Longchen Rabjam
(1308-1364), one (unquoted) treatise of which gives the whole
book most of its structural canvas and a large part of its
contents. Tülku Tsullo, who knew most of what had been written
about the Gongpa Zangthal from the 14th century, seems to
have prefered to reconstruct something from older
materials. After a few words about Dzogchen (rDzogs chen) as a
specific meditative and doctrinal tradition, and about the Gongpa
Zangthal as such and its transmission from the 14th to the 20th
century, we will describe Tülku Tsullo’s manual and show, on the
basis of a few examples, in which way it was composed.