Luminosity (Vajrayana)

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Luminosity or clear light (Tibetan od gsal, Sanskrit prabhāsvara), in Vajrayana, Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, refers to the nature of mind experienced in deep sleep and death.[1][2]

Definitions[edit]

Patrul Rinpoche defines ground luminosity as the:

...luminosity that occurs during deep sleep, union and death.[3]

Practice[edit]

The practitioner trains to consciously enter the deep sleep state.[4] If one has the ability to remain conscious during deep sleep, one will be able to recognize the luminosity of death and gain Buddhahood.[5] This is called the meeting of mother and child luminosities, resulting in the state of thuktam at death.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Jr., Donald S. (2013). The Princeton dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781400848058. Entry on "prabhāsvara".
  2. ^ Dharmachakra Translation Committee (2006). Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-55939-300-3. 
  3. ^ Dharmachakra Translation Committee (2006). Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-55939-300-3. 
  4. ^ Ponlop, Dzogchen (2008). Mind beyond death. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. pp. 86–7. ISBN 1-55939-301-7. 
  5. ^ Ponlop, Dzogchen (2008). Mind beyond death. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications. pp. 86–7. ISBN 1-55939-301-7. 
  6. ^ Rinpoche, Dudjom (2001). Counsels from My Heart. Boston: Shambhala. pp. 59–76. ISBN 1-57062-844-0.