By Peter Beren

Here's a special portrait of America's favourite urban. From the devestation of the nice Quake of 1906 to the spanning of the Golden Gate and the excellent Panama Pacific Exposition, the vintage pictures of the town by way of the Bay (visited by means of greater than 14 million humans every year) became a part of the yank psyche via literature, movie, and track. Chronicled in dramatic black and white photos, taken via 3 generations of proficient San Francisco photographers from Moulin Studios, this indelible portrait of the cool, grey, urban of affection, comes alive in historical past, legend, and lore. listed below are the streets the place Sam Spade south the Maltese Falcon, the place Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman lunched at John's Grill, and the place William Saroyan spent his days on the public library expecting his mammoth holiday. San Francisco greater than lives as much as its recognition as one in every of America's most interesting and such a lot mythic towns, and not is its mark at the American soul extra obvious than during this fantastically published publication. Quotations can be incorporated from such San Francisco writers as: Jack London, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, William Saroyan, Rudyard Kipling, and Dashiell Hammett.

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This statement has aroused controversies as well, and is the subject o f some debate. But it would seem that those scholars who say that there is this point o f identical intention where all the schools meet, are saying so bccause there ist in fact, such a point, and not just for the sake o f hearing the sound o f their own voices. I give a lot o f thought to this question, and Tmention it because of my personal interest in w hat is a fundamental is s u e . True, different vocabularies are used to discuss this, and each school has its own unique interpretations, but these are individual ways o f drawing out this truth and each has its own internal consistency and meaning that can bring you to an extraordinary level o f understanding.

Tantras, commentaries and pith instructions are all contained w ithin this. These terms— tantra, commentary, and pith instruction39 can have different connotations and interpretations, but here they correspond to Mahayoga, Anuyoga, and Atiyoga. This line “Threefold wisdom is the experience o f purity” denotes trekcho. Then: The four visions are the supreme path. This line denotes the practice o f t6gal,and refers to its four visions. Buddhahood is attained, in simultaneous realization and liberation, If an individual with extremely sharp faculties, and who has merit as a support, comes to understand this key point, realization and liberation can be simultaneous, as in the case o f King Indrabhuti, For example, during empowerments some individuals can experience the awakening in their mindstreams o f the wisdom that is the true meaning and point o f the empowerment.

Hitting the Essence in Ihree Words has been revered by masters and practitioners throughout the centuries as embodying in its key points the very essence o f the path o f Dzogchen. Patrul Rinpoche’s Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious K ing , an elaboration, w ith its own commentary, on H itting the Essence in Three Words, is treasured as the most crucial instruction for the practice o f Dzogchen, B rie f yet exceedingly profound, it captures the understanding o f the trekcho practice, and is “ the infallible key point o f the path o f primordial purity in the natural Dzogpachenpo” , Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) was a great figure in the transmission o f the Longchen N yin gtik, the cycle of teachings revealed as a mind treasure by Jikme Lingpa (1730-98), who attained boundless realization after three visions o f the great Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (1308-63).

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