By Nida Chenagtsang
With Foreword by Professor Robert Thurman
Translation by Ben Joffe (Jigme Dorje)
SKY Press was born out of the inspiration to publish this book and to bring into the English language for the very first time the great physician and meditation adept Yuthok Yonten Gonpo’s teachings on Ati Yoga (Tib: Dzogchen). Ati Yoga, literally meaning the ‘utmost yoga,’ is the pinnacle of Buddhist Vajrayana practice. It is the most simple, direct, and profound path to experientially realize the primordial wisdom which is one’s basic nature. In his remarkably clear and accessible commentary which seamlessly weaves in verses from Yuthok’s own root text and quotations from Tibet’s great masters of meditation, Dr Nida Chenagtsang skillfully points us to the sky-like nature of our own mind which is clear, vast, and unobstructed by the clouds of afflictive emotions. Much more than a theoretical exposition, Volume One of Mirror of Light contains precise instruction on Ati Yoga’s preliminary practices and trekchod (‘cutting through hardness’) -- ancient proven techniques that reveal the present fresh awareness that is free from all confusion and beyond the 'hardness' of dualistic thinking.
This book has been published in commemoration of the fire monkey year, considered to be the most important spiritual year, a time when humans have the greatest opportunity to realize these teachings.
"It is my wish that the unbroken lineage of Ati Yoga will shine as a great and universal light that will eliminate the darkness of suffering. The greater the darkness, the more this light will shine."
- From Preface by Dr Nida Chenagtsang