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Translated from Tibetan by Oriol Aguilar
The Cloud of Nectar is an annotated translation of the biography written by Yeshe Dorje of Nyagla Pema Düdul, a nineteenth-century master, tertön, and well-known exponent of the practice and realization of Total Perfection (Dzogchen). Born in the rugged eastern Tibetan region of Kham, as a fatherless youth Pema Düdul suffered great personal loss, severe deprivation, and repeated violence. A social outcast, his early attempts to obtain spiritual instruction were cruelly thwarted. Increasingly recognized for his spiritual attainments, he sought and exchanged teachings with some of the region’s leading figures of Buddhist and Bön learning and practice. But despite his fame and spiritual influence, Pema Düdul never held a position in any religious hierarchy, choosing instead the austere yet joyous lifestyle of a wandering yogi and remaining in solitary meditation retreat for extended periods until, upon his passing, he attained the Rainbow Body.
In this important scholarly work, through his substantial introduction Oriol Aguilar precisely places his subject in that fertile time and place in which both the struggle to preserve traditional learning and practice and exceptional spiritual creativity flourished against a backdrop of social and political unrest.