The Dhāraṇī of Entering Non-conceptuality
Avikalpapraveśa-dhāraṇī is an important scripture in Mahāyāna Buddhism. In Dharmadharmatāvibhaṇga, authored by Maitreya, the teaching on the stages of practice is established on the basis of this scripture, bridging the path of preparation to the path of insight and beyond. This text also encompasses both the gradual and the sudden schools, leading to many interesting commentaries by masters such as Vimalamitra, Sthiramati, Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, Tsongkhapa, and Mipham Gyamtso. Tam examines the teaching, comparing Yogacara and Nyingma traditions, offering a non-sectarian approach to the dhāraṇī of entering non-conceptuality for practitioners and readers of Buddhism.
Tam Shek-wing (Dorje Jigdral) was born in 1935 in Guangzhou, China. Born into a Buddhist family, he began practicing at a young age. At 18, he began publishing essays on Consciousness-Only and Madhyamaka. Meeting H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in 1972, Tam was ordained in 1984 as Vajra Archarya. His Holiness gave him the responsibility to present Buddhism to the West. He is the founder of Vajrayana Buddhism Association, with branches in Toronto, Vancouver, Hawaii, and Hong Kong.
Tam has authored over 80 books on the Buddhist practice. Notable ones include new Chinese translations and commentaries on The Beacon of Certainty, Ratnagotravibhāga, Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra, and Mañjuśrī-nāma-saṃgīti, and more recently, the Beyond Words series, aiming to present Buddhist scriptures via the Tathāgatagarbha thought and the Nyingma tradition, making Buddhism more accessible for practitioners East and West.