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These teachings on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, were given by the Dalai Lama to Western students in Paris, London, Helsinki and San Jose. Exploring this esoteric subject in print for the first time, His Holiness offers the reader an unprecedented glimpse into this pinnacle of the Buddhist vehicles.
Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, the Dalai Lama sets it within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. He explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as the special features of dzogchen and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a dzogchen practitioner should know. This is a book of uncommon richness.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama brings to his explanation of Dzogchen a perspective and breadth which are unique... to receive such teachings from His Holiness is, I feel, something quite extraordinary." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"For our time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama embodies the completely pure essence of the Buddha's wisdom and limitless compassion for all beings. His knowledge of the teachings of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism in general, and the Dzogchen teachings in particular, is impeccable. His deep understanding and generosity of spirit make him an unerring and reliable guide through the subtleties of the profound vehicle of Tibetan Buddhist practice known as Dzogchen." Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Mind in Comfort and Ease
In these special teachings given to an audience of 10,000 in France in 2000, the Dalai Lama gave a brilliant overview of the path from the Dzogchen point of view, based on the classic Nyingma text Samten Ngalso by Longchenpa, from the Trilogy on Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection (or Kindly Bent to Ease Us).
"Like an expert jeweller the Dalai Lama set the teaching of Dzogchen within the context of the other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, highlighting their parallels and their uncommon ultimate aim of realizing the clear light nature of the mind." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"One of the absolutely best and richest books on meditation practice that I have ever read, offered by His Holiness with remarkable precision and clarity, and with astonishing humility and candor. This book has it all." Jon Kabat-Zinn.
"Tibetan Buddhism's sublime science of consciousness finds lucid expression in the teachings on the Great Perfection. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast learning and insight to reveal both the meaning of the Great Perfection and its place within Buddhism as a whole. This beautifully translated book is a treasure, of great value to all who are interested in fathoming the secrets and possibilities of the mind." B.Alan Wallace.
"All who wish to be at ease in the awakened, boundless, sublime nature of their own mind - Buddhahood - should read this book." Tulku Thondup.
The Dzogchen yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was among the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century.
"Blazing Splendor, his memoirs, invites us to his side as he looks back over a life that put him at the centre of an unparalleled spiritual abundance. Through his unblinking eyes we meet remarkable contemplative adepts. And through the lens of his awakened awareness, we see the world from a fresh, eye-opening perspective. It is a sweeping account that shares with readers a world where miracles, mystery, and deep insight are the order of the day - a world as reflected through the open, lucid quality of Tulku Urgyen's mind." Daniel Goleman.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was among the first Tibetan masters to teach the most essential instructions of Dzogchen outside Tibet. With unsurpassed honesty and humility, he offers a glimpse into the remarkable reality of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an in-depth portrait of old Tibet. This grand narrative stretches across generations, provinding an inspiring glimpse into a realm of remarkable human achievement quite different from the familiar mundane world of success we know. - a glimpse that can inspire and awaken a nobility of heart.
Intimate in tone, these personal memoirs recount the influences an experiences that shaped one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blazing Splendor is of both spiritual and historical import.
Advice from the Lotus Born - A Collection of Padmasambhava's Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Others
This companion volume to Dakini Teachings is a wonderful collection of teachings by Padmasambhava as recorded by his chief female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal. These were concealed as terma and revealed by Nyang Ral Nyima Oser and others for the benefit of future generations.
The profundity of this advice is meant to be personally applied by all individuals in all circumstances, as they belong to a style called martri, or direct instructions. Often such advice is imparted only to one disciple at a time. Padmasambhava's direct instructions condense the essential meaning of the tantras of mahayoga, the scriptures of anuyoga, and the pith instructions of atiyoga, or dzogchen.
"These teachings are the central advice of the collected words of Padmasambhava, the great nirmanakaya master. They are words from his heart, meant to be personally practiced. Please keep this in mind."Yeshe Tsogyal.
"Don't mistake mere words to be the meaning of the teachings. Mingle the practice with your own being and attain liberation from samsara right now."Padmasambhava.
Counsels from My Heart - Dudjom Rinpoche
Long-awaited teachings from the late head of the Nyingma school and one of the best known masters in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This book features timeless teachings in a style that is direct and sharp, bringing this great teacher, who was known for not mincing his words, vividly to life.
Translated by the Padmakara group, this heartfelt advice from Dudjom Rinpoche encourages us to "get a grip on our minds" and follow the Buddha`s instructions which point the way to give up our habitual ways of behaving in order to liberate ourselves from suffering. He also offers advice on how to view the often misunderstood teachings on tantra and says that the most important point is to study the view of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen - which is essentially, that all phenomena are empty by nature. But this must not cause us to fall into the trap of acting on our own meager understanding.
"Like eagles soaring into space, we should be clearly convinced of the view, but at the same time we should heed the karmic principle of cause and effect...If you gain control over your mind, then even if you are at the point of death, you will understand that it is only because of a particular thought that there is an impression of dying - and that the nature of the mind is utterly beyond both birth and death. It would be excellent if you could gain this confidence. So keep this little, essential instruction in your heart. Conviction and confidence in this is what we call the Dharma." Dudjom Rinpoche.
Author(s) : Padmasambhava & Kunsang, Erik Pema
Guru Rinpoche's oral teachings to his chief disciple and consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, presented here, were recorded in a coded language called dakini script and concealed until their revelation as terma centuries later. The selections in Dakini Teachings are short, direct instructions relating to the three levels of Buddhist practice: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. The main emphasis of Padmasambhava's teaching is that spiritual knowledge must be personalized and not remain as mere theory. The book is based on the revealed termas of Nyang Ral Nyima Oser and it includes an introductory discourse by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and a short biography of Padmasambhava by Jamgon Kongtrul.
"Descend with the view while ascending with the conduct. It is most essential to practice these two as a unity."Padmasambhava.
This statement of Guru Rinpoche is of crucial importance. If we start out by acting according to a high view, we will simply look crazy or insane. If we only keep the view of the lower vehicles we will never find the chance for liberation. The view of a shravaka or pratyekabuddha does not bring enlightenment in one lifetime but only after three incalculable aeons. One must act in accordance with the lower vehicles while keeping the view of the inner tantras." Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Compiled by : Binder Schmidt, Marcia
An essential anthology of writings on Dzogchen by some of the greatest masters, compiled by the editor and co-founder of Ranjung Yeshe Publications. Here are some of the most accessible and down-to-earth writings on Dzogchen, organized into a study and practice guide for the serious beginnner and including works from Padmasambhava and Patrul Rinpoche, as well as modern day teachers like Chogyam Trungpa and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Author: Tulku Thondup
Fifteen previously unpublished articles and talks on transforming day-to-day situations into spiritual discipline and spiritual experience. It includes a commentary on the ngondro preliminary practice of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition.
The contents include Using Daily Life as the Practice of Dharma, Opening the Heart with Compassion, a Spiritual Journey in a Turbulent Life, Buddhist Artifacts as the Support of Spiritual Realization, Thangkhas and their Religious Significance, Preparing for the Bardo, the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the Terma Tradition, Empowerments and Precepts of Esoteric Training, the Meditation of Ngondro, the Meaning of the Vajra Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Receiving the Four Empowerments of the Ngondro Meditation, a Brief Meditation on Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, Evaluating the Progress of Dharma Practice, and a Prayer Song to the Absolute Lama.
Entering the Path
Author: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Ponlop Rinpoche reveals the true meaning of refuge within Buddhism, particularly the principles of inner and outer refuge. As the author says, "In the context of absolute truth, we go for refuge to the fundamental nature of our own mind, which is indivisible from the jewel of the Buddha. Our fundamental state of mind is totally awake, totally in the state of fully awakened heart. That's what Buddha is."
Excellent Path to Enlightenment
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explains the general foundational practices according to the Nyingma tradition, from the teachings of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. These preliminary practices include taking refuge, generating bodhicitta, Vajrasattva purification, mandala offering and guru yoga. Clear, direct and personal, these instructions illuminate the heart of Vajrayana practice.
Included here are the Tibetan text as well as the mantras and prayers commonly recited in conjuction with this practice.
"The vow to perfect oneself in order to perfect others is called the thought of elightenment, or bodhichitta. This implies that every single action, word or thought, even the most trivial, is dedicated to the good of all beings. To accomplish the good of others, we must first perfect ourselves, by purifying and transforming our minds. This is the aim of what we call the preliminary practices, which establish the foundations of all spiritual progress." ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Author: Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Fearless Simplicity is about training in the awakened state of mind, the atmosphere within which all difficulties naturally dissolve. Here, the gifted Tibetan meditation master and author of Carefree Dignity, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, in his exceptional and skillful teaching style, guides us through the methods to be at ease with our surroundings and ourselves. He shows us how to develop confidence and be in harmony with every situation as the basis for true compassion and intelligence.
"Tsoknyi Rinpoche speaks to us with exhilarating freshness, being fully aware of the complexity of modern life, and the needs of men and women today. He is gifted with an ability to unravel the most profound of topics in a way that is clear and easy to understand, and as he maps out the teachings, he draws listeners constantly back to their own experience, allowing them to discover the truth of the Dharma within themselves." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"As confidence grows stronger, you find yourself turning into a real warrior - a compassionate bodhisattva warrior. The true bodhisattva spirit grows out of this personal sense of freedom and with this freedom you begin to direct your attention to the needs of others. Your compassion expands...we are now open and spacious and from within that fearless simplicity, you can accomodate all phenomena. You can naturally care for others unpretentiously; no one is a threat any longer." ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
Flight of the Garuda
Author: Keith Dowman
New edition. Translations of five fundamental Dzogchen texts with an illuminating introduction by the author. The book conveys the heart advice of one of the most beloved masters of Tibet, the itinerent yogi Shabkar, held to be an incarnation of Milarepa. Shabkar communicates the essence of Dzogchen teachings through songs of realization both poetic and poignant. Dzogchen practice brings us into direct communion with the most subtle nature of experience, the unity of samsara and nirvana as experienced within our own consciousness, bringing the meditator face to face with the nature of reality.
Along with Shabkar's songs, Dowman has translated four other seminal Dzogchen texts, including one by Patrul Rinpoche that is new to this revised edition - Extraordinary Reality of Sovereign Wisdom. The other texts are: Secret Instruction in a Garland of Vision by Padmasambhava; Flight of the Garuda by Shakbar Lama, Emptying the Depths of Hell revealed by Guru Chowong and the Wish-Granting Prayer of Kuntuzangpo revealed by Rikzin Godemchan.
Gates to Buddhist Practice - Chagdud Tulku
A collection of discourses by a contemporary Nyingma master that grounds the practitioner in the basic principles of Buddhism, and then dives deep into the theory and practice of Vajrayana. Interwoven with stories from Tibet, it presents these oral teachings in a uniquely accessible style with question and answer format.
"This is a rare book, a brilliant guide to the spiritual path by a master of outstanding qualities who has taught in the West now for many years. Simple yet profound, intimate and immediate, Chagdud Tulku`s words speak to us all. They show how, by bringing the light of wisdom and compassion into every corner of our lives, we can come to understand the mind and transform its emotions, and so discover the boundless freedom of our true nature."Sogyal Rinpoche.
Generating the Deity
Author: Gyatrul Rinpoche
A detailed presentation of the practices involved in the generation phases of Vajrayana yoga, explaining the state of mind to be established and the visualisations to be employed. Information on mudras,tormas, malas etc used on this level of practice are also given, in explanations that accord with tradition. The Nyingma lama Gyatrul Rinpoche has long been resident in the West and practitioners of all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism will find that these teachings enhance their understanding of sadhana practice, and enable them to practice these meditations as they were intended.
Gesture of Balance
One of the most widely-read basic books on meditation available in the West. These warm, intimate talks evoke a deeper understanding of inner honesty, opening the heart to confidence, compassion and meaningful action.
In clear, direct language it relates the profound insights of an ancient wisdom tradition to our present situation, showing us how to develop our inner resources and awaken body, mind and senses to new horizons of experience. Tarthang Tulku talks to us like a good friend, offering ways to clear away confusion, strengthen self-confidence, and brighten our lives with meaning and joy.
People are willing to go to war and even to give their lives for a cause, but they cannot give up the causes of their suffering...We can observe our life patterns carefully, and come to accept how even the most subtle graspings and negativities cause us to suffer. As our understanding and awareness grow, we see the importance of working through our emotions, attachments, and negativities, and we also see that the ultimate solution comes from within. Then when we truly wake up to our painful condition, we can begin to change our innermost attitudes, and some real progress can be made." Tarthang Tulku.
Golden Letters - The Three Statements of Garab Dorje
One of the most widely-read basic books on meditation available in the West. These warm, intimate talks evoke a deeper understanding of Author(s) : Reynolds, John M
A translation and discussion of an ancient Dzogchen revelation that introduces the practitioner to the nature of his or her own mind. The Three Statements That Strike the Essential Points by Garab Dorje together with a commentary by the great Nyingma master Patrul Rinpoche called the Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King are included, as well as a commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche.The book also looks at the life of Garab Dorje, first teacher of Dzogchen, plus the historical origins of Dzogchen, four early texts relating to Dzogchen, and discusses the issue of whether Dzogchen is an authentic Buddhist teaching or not. The foreword is by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
"The Three Vajra Verses embodies the life essence of all the Dzogchen teachings and it further represents the ultimate realization of the essential points of the profound Dharma of Dzogchen. Therefore, for those disciples who are sincerely devoted to the Dzogchen teachings, it is necessary to know that this text contains a very special Upadesha that must be securely kept in the core of one`s heart." ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
Guru Yoga - According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik
Author(s) : Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & Ricard, Matthieu
The practice of guru yoga, merging with the mind of the master, lies at the heart of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Although the path can be traversed only by individual effort, the advice of an experienced spiritual guide is essential.
This particular guru yoga is called the Wish Fulfilling Jewel, and is the outer practice from the Longchen Nyingtik terma revealed by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa. The hallmark of the guru yoga practice, in fact the very practice itself, is a lucid, pure and intelligent devotion. Through the power of devotion and the blessing of the master, a moment will come when a transformation takes place, in which the student recognizes the wisdom mind of the guru to be no different from his or her own mind, and boundless realization is born.
"Through the guru yoga practice, all obstacles can be removed and all blessings received, and through merging our mind with the mind of the guru and remaining in that state of inseperable union, the absolute nature will be realized. This is why we should always treasure guru yoga and keep it as our foremost practice." ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones
Author: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche & Patrul Rinpoche
An extensive commentary by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on the renowned basic Nyingma text by Patrul Rinpoche, the Practice of View, Meditation and Action: A Discourse Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle and End. The text covers such topics as the determination to be free of samasara, the urgent need to practice, the transformation of the senses, aggregates and emotions, motivation, and the path of the sutras and tantras.
"Patrul Rinpoche was a great bodhisattva who came to the land of snows in more recent times. This great, sublime, and learned practitioner gave this teaching for the benefit of those desiring liberation. It comprises all the essential instructions and because of the profound meaning it contains and the beautiful language in which it is expressed, it really is like an elixir for reviving the dead." ~ The Dalai Lama.
Life of Shabkar
This epic biography has long been recognised by Tibetans as one of the master works of their religious heritage, documenting the struggle of Shabkar Author(s) : Ricard, Matthieu
Tsodruk Rangdrol to master the highest and most esoteric practices of the Tibetan tradition of the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen.
Shabkar devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat after his inspired youth and early training in the province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary masters. This work vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism, with extensive notes and appendices full of valuable information on Tibetan Buddhist practice.
"Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime, he also lived the life of a wandering mendicant teaching by means of spiritual songs. Shabkar is particularly celebrated for the absolute purity of his approach to his lama and his personal practice, which freed him from the snare of sectarianism. He is also affectionately remembered for the kindness of his gently teasing humour." ~ The Dalai Lama.
Guru Rinpoche - His Life & Times
Author(s) : Ngawang Zangpo
Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, was the great Indian tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet and is revered as a second Buddha. This book presents four very different accounts of his life story: two Buddhist, one according to the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, and one based on Indian and early Tibetan historical documents. The two Tibetan Buddhist works are a Biography of Guru Rinpoche by Jamgon Kongtrul, and the Immaculate White Lotus by Dorje Tso. Then follows an Indian version of his life story by Taranata, a Bonpo version by Jamyang Kyentse Wongpo, and Supplications to Guru Rinpoche in Seven Chapters, as well as visualizations written to accompany these supplications by Jamgon Kongtrul.
Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava 2 Vols
Author(s) : Yeshe Tsogyal & Douglas, Kenneth & Bays, Gwendolyn
The inspiring and illuminating biography of the Indian tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet, revered as a second Buddha. This beautifully produced two volume set, with 58 colour plates, gives the complete biography of Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, as recorded by his main female disciple and consort, Yeshe Tsogyal. This text known as the Padma bKa`i Thang was rediscovered by the terton Urgyen Lingpa, and this work is a translation into English from the French edition.
Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems
Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage
Forthcoming due November 2005. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche's work is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the teachings known as Dzogchen.
"With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ultimate lineage of direct transmission, the heart of all the lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial Buddha to the present day, showing the connection between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession. His work stands out because of its completeness, for it includes all of the distinct lineages, along with the lives of the students of the great masters, stories form the oral tradition, and the different teaching styles. Anyone who matters is represented here, every link in the chain, including masters of our time…It is a milestone, and I do not feel that it will ever be equaled." Sogyal Rinpoche.
Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena
This is one of Longchenpa`s famous Seven Treasuries collection, commonly known as the Choying Dzod, on the Dzogchen practice of trekcho, or "cutting through". This collection discusses the primordial nature that is the ground of all experience, the view, meditation, and conduct of the spiritual path, and the final freedom that is the fruition of that path. This volume contains the source verses along with the Tibetan text, which provide a poetic summary of the subject matter dealt with at length in the commentary by Longchenpa, published in a companion volume, the Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission.
About the Choying Dzod, Longchenpa states,"Though the topics in this text are so profound that ordinary people will find it difficult to fathom their meaning, I have presented them without adulterating them with more common themes, and so have ensured that these teachings concerning the vajra heart essence, the most majestic spiritual approach, will last for a long time in this world. To those of you fortunate enough to have a devoted interest in this sublime spiritual approach, my earnest advice is: this text will serve as your eyes, so treat it with the highest respect."
"Simply having this book in one`s home is more valuable than having statues or stupas, for it truly is a relic of the dharmakaya." Chagdud Tulku.
Treasure Trove of Scriptual Transmission
Longchenpa`s commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena, which expands on the topics presented in the source verses contained in that text. This companion volume concerns the Dzogchen approach to trekcho, or cutting through solidity, which brings spiritual practitioners of the highest acumen to freedom effortlessy. Drawing extensively on the tantras and pith instructions of the great perfection, Longchenpa summarizes the definitive topics of this approach from the perspective of the basic space of phenomena - naturally occurring timeless awareness, awakened mind.
"The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena - the most profound of all - is the depth of mind of the omniscient lama, that beautifully reveals the meaning of dharmakaya, genuine mind itself, to be naked awareness, with nothing to be added or dispelled. It is authentic dharmakaya appearing in the form of a text. An excellent text like this is an actual Buddha - it directly reveals the enlightened intent of victorious ones, accomplishing their deeds in this world. Even if you met a Buddha, you would not find more than this. An excellent text like this is a treasury of all sacred dharma. The consumate content of all teachings is nakedly revealed as timeless awareness of dharmakaya. Even if all teachings were compared, there would be nothing more than this." Patrul Rinpoche.
Author: Thinley Norbu
Truly inspirational praises to the five elements pervading all phenomena which meditational insight transforms into the five enlightened wisdoms, or a state of consciousness the author calls 'playmind'. In their gross and subtle forms, these elements combine to make up the infinite display of phenomenal existence. Thinley Norbu shows how the energies of these elements manifest in behaviour, traditions, medicine and art, explaining their links to the five Buddha families, the five wisdom dakinis, and our own senses, temperament, passions, habit and karmas.
This is a unique and powerful presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism on the five elements - earth, water, air, fire and space. Through the practice of visualization and meditation, we can recognize the pure secret essence of the elements, which is our vast, unobstructed wisdom mind.
Light of Wisdom - Vol. 1
Author: Padmasambhava and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
A commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great on the `Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence', a record of the oral teachings of Padmasambhava as recorded by his chief female disciple Yeshe Tsogyal. The Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, a terma, or hidden treasure text of Padmasambhava revealed by the great terton Chokgyur Lingpa, is presented here along with annotations to the commentary Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche as well as clarifications from other masters.
Volume one includes in-depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of the ground, the Buddha nature present in all beings, continues with the teachings common to all vehicles, and concludes with the Mahayana and the link to the Vajrayana.
"The root text of Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo and its commentary by Kongtrul Rinpoche, the great translator in person, form together a complete scripture that embodies all the tantras, statements and instructions of the Nyingma school, which is most rare to find in the past, present, or future." ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Light of Wisdom - Vol. 2
Author: Padmasambhava and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
The second volume of the translation of the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo and its commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great.
The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, a hidden treasure text, or terma, by Padmasambhava, was recorded by his chief female disciple Yeshe Tsogyal and revealed and decoded by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa. The commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul is supplemented by annotations called Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche, as well as clarifications from other masters.
Volume two presents in-depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of empowerment and the tantric commitments followed by clarification of the development stage.
Masters of Meditation & Miracles by Tulku Thondup
Author: Tulku Thondup
Lively biographies of important masters in the lineage of the Longchen Nyingthig, one of the most popular teachings of the Nyingma school. These 35 realized teachers start with Garab Dorje and include such great masters as Padmasambhava, Jigme Lingpa and Longchenpa up to modern day lamas such as Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche and Chatral Rinpoche.
Tulku Thondup includes details of lineages of teachings in the Nyingma school in general, including those of the three major inner tantras - Mahayoga, Anuyoga and Atiyoga (or Dzogchen), as well as the mind transmission of the Buddhas, the symbolic transmission of the knowledge holders, and the oral transmission of the ascetics.
Longchen Nyingthig is a cycle of mystical teachings that represent the innermost meditation of Dzogchen as revealed by the great scholar-yogi Jigme Lingpa, who discovered them as terma.
Meditation, Transformation and Dream Yoga
Author: Gyatrul Rinpoche and Wallace, B Allan
Three traditional Nyingma teachings selected here for contemporary Buddhists who want to improve the quality of their practice during the three periods of the day - during meditation, during their daily life, and during sleep.
Formerly titled Ancient Wisdom, this book contains Transforming Felicity and Adversity into the Spiritual Path by Jigme Tenpe Nyima; Releasing Oneself from Essential Delusion by Lochen Dharma Shri; and Illumination of Primordial Wisdom by Dudjom Rinpoche. Guidelines for calm abiding and insight meditation are presented from the Dzogchen perspective, and practices for bringing the daily experiences of pleasure and pain into the spiritual path are included in the teachings on thought transformation, or Lojong. Finally, the teachings on dream yoga guide the practitioner in the conscious control of the dream state, as well as after death.
Natural Great Perfection
Author: Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Surya Das
Written by a vibrant exponent of the Dzogchen practice, his teachings provide the deepest possible insight into how to understand and how to practice the Dzogchen path. The reader will find here, in Nyoshul Khenpo`s captivating personality and teachings, the embodiment of the advice he quotes from the great master Patrul Rinpoche, "Beyond both action and inaction, the supreme dharma is accomplished. So simply preserve the natural state and rest your weary mind."
"This book is wonderful - a treasure house of liberating dharma. Nyoshul Khenpo`s heart songs of wisdom illuminate understanding like a bright sun in a cloudless sky. They open our minds and inspire our practice." Joseph Goldstein.
"Nyoshul Rinpoche was a spiritual gem among the last generation trained and nurtured in old Tibet. These teachings of this spiritual master are essential reading for anyone who has an interest in the path of the Natural Great Perfection. Their depth and pungent insight recall Milarepa - the collection is an inspiration for practice, and a wonderful companion for retreat." Daniel Goleman.
Natural Liberation - Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos
Author: Padmasambhava, Gyatrul Rinpoche, and translated by B Alan Wallace
This remarkable book reveals details of the six bardos and how to transform them into vehicles for enlightenment. In life and in death, in meditation and in dream and sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome our limitations, frustration, and fears and to experience an uncontrived and natural liberation.
This is a translation of Padmasambhava`s unique text the Profound Dharma of the Natural Liberation through Contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful: Stage of Completion Instructions on the Six Bardos, dictated to his consort Yeshe Tsogyal and later rediscovered by the terton Karma Lingpa. It is accompanied by a lucid commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche.
"This rare teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, is finally here for English readers as the heart of this book. Rediscovered as a mystical revelation in the 14th century by Karma Lingpa, this teaching illuminates the most profound questions about who we are and provides a road map for the journey through life, death, and rebirth in great depth and simplicity." Tulku Thondup.
Openess Clarity Sensitivty
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Author: Rigdzin Shikpo
In this series of talks the author stresses the importance of having confidence in the nature of mind - the indestructible heart essence of our being. He helps us to dispel our own self doubt and hesitations, opening the way for us to relate to the teachings of the Dzogchen tradition to which he belongs.
"Buddhist practice is about developing stability of mind through appreciating the three qualities of openness, clarity and sensitivity - not just in meditation but also in daily life. The three qualities pervade all our experience and as we practise they are gradually revealed or unveiled. Buddhist practice removes those things that prevent the three qualities expressing themselves in their fullness within our experience and thus prevent them from radiating out into the world. Openness, clarity and sensitivity are the essence of our being and the source of all that is good, genuine and true about us; they are the source of life itself and give rise to the sense that there is something to attain, something to realise, something beyond ourselves and even beyond the world, to which we can aspire." Rigdzin Shikpo.
Author: Dzogchen Ponlop
Ponlop Rinpoche`s commentary on the Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra. The Aspiration belongs to the Dzogchen tradition, and in addition to being the prayer of the primordial Buddha, Samantabhadra or Kuntuzangpo, it is a prayer of the path to complete awakening and to make our path a genuine one. It expresses the different manifestations of rigpa, which is our basic awareness in ordinary life. Further, it is an aspiration for the realization of rigpa, of the genuine path, and the genuine teacher.
"The state of primordially pure nature is not made of anything. It is uncreated. This means that the fundamental state of absolute reality, the basic ground, has never been compounded by causes or conditions. That nature of primordial purity is beyond any elaboration. It is beyond conceptual formation, which means it is beyond philosophy. It is not created by any creator, outside or inside. It is not created by Kuntazangpo nor was it created by any Buddhas in the past. Therefore, whether we are talking about the nature of our mind or the nature of the universe, primordial purity exists in that nature. Both exist on the ground which is completely free from conceptual elaboration, primordially pure. That`s why it is simple." ~ Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Practice of Dzogchen
Author: Longchenpa and Tulku Thondup
A compilation of the celebrated Nyingma master Longchenpa's work on Dzogchen. This anthology of writings by the great scholar-yogi reveals the innermost esoteric philosophy and meditation training of Dzogpa Chenpo (Dzogchen), which until recent decades was only whispered into the ears of heart-disciples by the learned masters.
Dzogchen employs a meditative technique which effortlessly uncovers the emotional and intellectual layers of the mind and instantly awakens its essential nature, which is Buddha mind or Buudhahood itself.
"This is one of the most significant works on Tibetan Buddhism to be published in recent years, treating with grace, beauty and depth a most important subject, namely the character of the Dzogchen tradition and its placement within the overall structure of the Nyingma doctrine and training. An understanding of Dzogchen will benefit any philosophical or religious study of Tibetan Buddhism. This is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive works on the Nyingma to appear in English." Glenn Mullin.
"Tulku Thondup Rinpoche has performed a service of inestimable value for all serious students of Buddhist thought. One of Tibet's greatest philosphical-sages, Longchen Rabjampa, is here made accessible to the specialist and interested non-specialist in a manner that is authoritative, comprehensive and clear." Matthew Kapstein.
Tibetan Book of the Dead - First Complete English Translation
Author: Gyurme Dorje and Edited by Graham Coleman with Thubten Jinpa
This is the first ever complete and unabridged translation of the Bardo Thodrol, popularly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Created in close co-operation with a remarkable range of contemporary Tibetan masters, including guidance from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Zenkar Rinpoche and Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, this new translation represents a major step in the understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist vision of our journey through life and death.
Author: Dudjom Rinpoche and Garry, Ron
Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the seminal figures in Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century, yet very few of this great Nyingma master's religious writings have so far been translated. This volume contains a generous selection of his inspiring teachings and writings, the core of which is a lengthy discussion of the entire path of Dzogchen, including key instructions on view, meditation, and conduct, along with direct advice on how to bring one's experiences onto the path.
Author: Thinley Norbu
The renowned Nyingma master Thinley Norbu, eldest son of the late Dudjom Rinpoche, teaches that enlightenment is our natural state. The problem is that we do not experience this state, owing to the mind's confusion about the true nature of reality. New edition.
"True wisdom nectar, the spontaneous vajra songs and teachings of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, are of such a precious nature that just reading or hearing a few words will incite inexpressible wisdom and blessings." Loppon Jigme Thutop Namgyal.
"This book reveals the timeless essence of holy Dharma. Every word rings true. This masterpiece will certainly inspire many generations to come." Tulku Thubten Rinpoche.
"Dudjom Rinpoche was a great scholar and meditation master. In general all of his writings and rediscovered treasures are completely authentic and sublime. In particular his direct advice from the heart, such as the teachings found in the pages of this book, serve as profound reminders to awaken and seriously pursue the path to fully enlightened Buddhahood." Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro, Berotsana Translation Group.
Author: Kunsang, Erik Pema and Marcia Binder Schmidt
Enshrined in this single volume are some of the most sacred, fundamental views of Dzogchen, replete with source materials for practitioners to use when seeking guidance. In 42 pieces from the greatest Dzogchen masters, profound tantras and revealed treasures, the entire ground, path and fruition teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are included. It includes teachings by Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal, Longchenpa, Patrul Rinpoche, Lama Shabkar, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche, Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Quintessential Dzogchen is about confusion dawning as wisdom. This involves acknowledging and training in rigpa, our Buddha nature. Arranged for the simple meditator, these pithy instructions strike at the heart of the Buddha's teachings.
"For many people, the main point of the Buddha's teaching involves nothing more than understanding the difference between recognizing and not recognizing mind-essence. Not recognizing is samsara, while recognizing is nirvana or liberation. It's from this perspective that we say that all of the Buddha's teachings are simply about the mind." Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
"Imbued with the warm breath of many enlightened masters of its golden lineage, this book is an immense source of learning and blessings for all who are open to it." Tulku Thondup.
Eye of the Storm
Author: Dowman, Keith
The five texts translated from Tibetan in this book are considered the first transmission of Dzogchen Ati to Tibet. They constitute the root and essence of Dzogchen in Tibet - basic, raw Dzogchen precepts, appropriately styled "radical Dzogchen". Includes: the Cuckoo's Song of Gnosis, Radical Creativity, the Great Garuda in Flight, Pure Golden Ore, and the Eternal Victory Banner.
" This is the special, extraordinary teaching of our Nyingma lineage. The great masters have all attained realization through Dzogchen, contemporary masters all owe their status to Dzogchen, and any attainment in the future will be based on the precepts of Dzogchen Ati." Bhakha Tulku Pema Rigdzin.
"Precise and poetic, authentic and elusive, these sweet translations bring the warm breath of the tradition into our lives. This book is a major contribution to the exciting spread of Dzogchen in modern times, providing reliable versions of key texts in language which creatively challenges our assumptions. This new work by Keith Dowman is thoughtful, ripe and poignant, rich in the fruit of years of learning, working, experiencing and letting go." James Low.
A Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher
Author: Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang and Dipamkara and Padmakara Translation Group
An essential guide to Patrul Rinpoche's classic work, providing background information to the text and illuminating detail.
Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang was a close disciple of Patrul Rinpoche, from whom he received direct instructions on how to study and practice with this text, and his notes bring the Words of My Perfect Teacher into perspective with an interesting overview. Beginning with a general introduction on how to approach the teachings, it goes through the original book chapter by chapter, filling in the background.
Translated in a joint project between the Dipamkara group under the guidance of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche and the Padmakara translation group.
"Anyone with a true interest in the teachings of the Buddha, and especially the practice of Dzogchen, will treasure Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher as a simply indispensable source of teachings on all practices, whether preliminaries or main. How wonderful now to have this guide, a priceless treasure of explanation, clarification, and practical advice from the heart of the great oral lineage of the Great Perfection, handed down by Patrul Rinpoche himself and recorded by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, one of the most influential Dzogchen masters of recent times." Sogyal Rinpoche.
The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) was one of the most influential and respected Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. There was something remarkable about his presence that impressed everyone who met him - a quality of mind that comes across even in photographs. Here is his memoir of an incredible life of study, teaching, and solitary retreat, told with a wealth of anecdotes and stories. It will be an inspiration to the readers of his numerous books - as well as to all Buddhist practitioners, who will welcome this rare opportunity to hear the experiences of a highly realized being in his own words.
The Great Perfection - The Outer and Inner Preliminaries (Heart Essence)
The teachings in this volume are drawn largely from the writings of the great master Longchenpa and the root texts of the Khandro Nyingthig itself. The Third Dzogchen Rinpoche begins by discussing the correct way to study and practice the Dzogchen teachings. He then presents the outer and inner preliminary practices, or ngondro, which are considered essential for the correct practice of Dzogchen, as they ensure the practitioner has a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the Buddhist tradition.
Treasures from Juniper Ridge
The Profound Instructions of Padmasambhava to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal
A collection of hidden teachings, or terma, given by Padmasambhava, with a commentary by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The special quality of the terma teachings is that they provide guidance appropriate for each period of time and individual person. By working with Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal, his mystic spiritual consort, was able to compile and codify these precious insights and hide them for future generations.
Treasures from Juniper Ridge presents a variety of significant revelations for all levels of practitioners, as well as in-depth explanations of assorted aspects of practice: nonconceptual meditation, deity-focused meditation, death and dying, and recognizing the nature of mind. This book outlines ways for the modern student to apply these teachings while remaining true to Vajrayana Buddhism's traditional principles.
"Padmasambhava's pith instructions are extremely important because he is not just a legendary figure or an ancient myth. He is an actual person who continuously carries out spontaneous activities, including manifesting as treasure revealers, so that there is always a fresh, unimpaired teaching that people can practice. This also ensures that Padmasambhava's spiritual influence and blessings are unceasing. The special quality of these terma teachings is that they provide a method for accomplishment that is appropriate for each specific generation, period of time, and individual person who meets them. The treasure teachings he gave on the Juniper Ridge of Crystal Pearls contain the essential meanings of hundreds of such instructions." Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
This is a profound commentary on a famous prayer which is said to contain the most sacred and important teachings of Dzogchen. The seven-line prayer to Padmasambhava is practiced daily by a great many Tibetan Buddhists and this commentary provides an explanation of the meaning of this sacred verse on many levels - the student's understanding of these meanings ripens and deepens with study and contemplation.
"Enshrining the most sacred prayer to Guru Padmasambhava, White Lotus elucidates its five layers of meaning as revealed by the eminent scholar Mipham. This commentary now makes this treasure, which has been kept secret among the great masters of Tibet for generations, available as a source of blessings and learning for all." Tulku Thondup.
"Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche's Pema Karpo is a beautiful and essential text describing the outer, inner, and secret ways that the wisdom in Vajrayana manifests as Padmasambhava. This new translation will be of great benefit to those traveling on the path of tantra." Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
"The Seven-Line Prayer is the most majestic of all prayers to Guru Padmasambhava - the Buddha of our time. It has been cherished over the centuries as the most powerful way to invoke his blessings. How wonderful that we have this commentary, one of Mipham Rinpoche's most inspiring works, to elucidate these sacred verses and reveal their profound meaning." Sogyal Rinpoche.
Mind Beyond Death - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
New paperback edition. An indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death. Drawing on teachings from throughout the vast tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche weaves together a synthesis of wisdom remarkable in its scope. Using humerous analogies and his profound understanding of the Western mind, Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos - the in-between states of life, death and beyond - completely available to the modern reader.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and translated by the Padmakara Group
Zurchungpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice was the final teaching given by the great Nyingma master Zurchung Sherab Trakpa. The original text consists of 580 maxims, covering the entire path of Dzogchen from fundamental teachings through to a series of pith instructions that bring the Dzogchen view to life. Much of the meaning of these often cryptic instructions could be lost to the reader without further explanations, so this book contains a complete, detailed commentary on Zurchungpa's text by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Originally intended as essential instructions for a group of practitioners in three-year retreat, it will undoubtedly serve as an indispensable guide to anyone who seriously wishes to practice the Great Perfection.
Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions
by Longchen Rabjampa
Man-ngak Dzöd or The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions is the shortest of the seven texts and the only one composed entirely in verse. Writing as a spiritual mentor giving advice to his students, Longchenpa distills the principles underlying the entire range of Buddhist practice in more than 400 stanzas, each consisting of six instructions or pieces of advice. Although the later stanzas place greater emphasis on the Dzogchen approach, introductory teachings and advice are interspersed throughout the book with profound instructions on the nature of being itself and the ultimate level of truth. Longchenpa’s uncompromising tone reflects his commitment to the highest realization and to the welfare of those inspired by his message.
Author: Longchenpa & Keith Dowman with a forward by Chogyal Namkai Norbu Rinpoche
Dzogchen or the "Great Perfection" is considered by many to be the apex of Tibetan Buddhism. Longchen Rabjam is recognized as the pre-eminent master of Dzogchen and one of Tibet's greatest writers and sages. His Treasury of Reality encompasses and optimizes the radical precepts of Dzogchen and is a shining example of why people continue to turn to the traditions of Tibet for spiritual and personal transformation. Transcending the Tibetan context, Longchen Rabjam’s book is a manual of practical wisdom for all people of all times, cultures, and traditions. Dzogchen teaches the natural perfection of all experience, phenomena, and life, just as it is, with no need to alter or fabricate complex ideas or philosophical views. This discipline of spiritual transcendence provides the key not only to our inner enlightenment but to the health and survival of our planet.
This is a new edition of Old Man Basking in Sun.
Rebel Buddha - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
"Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shatters old myths and sweeps away cultural baggage, presenting the essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a fresh, contemporary voice. With uncommon clarity and authority, he offers a new vision for the future of Buddhism that is at once shocking and hopeful. This is a small book with a big message that is timely and important.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart
Dzogchen Teachings - Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
This is a treasure trove of practical material, which focuses on the piercingly direct practices of Dzogchen, and which also encompasses much of the range of Buddhist practice. Written by one of the top tier of widely respected and acknowledged masters of the tradition, sophisticated in Western psychology, this volume will be highly valued by a range of Buddhist practitioners.
Dzogchen Essentials - The Path That Clarifies Confusion
Compiled by : Binder Schmidt, Marcia
Dzogchen Essentials offers an exciting, diverse selection of material, both new and traditional, for study and practice in the Dzogchen tradition. These teachings are principally about clarifying confusion, the mistaken ways we normally relate to our perceptions of environment, body, and senses. Rather than continue the habits of insisting on a solid reality, we are given skillful alternatives and practices and the method to integrate them with the view of the Great Perfection.
Dzogchen: the Self-Perfected State - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (Paperback)
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu teaches us that our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we re-awaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the Self-Perfected State that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present, through all activities. Rinpoche begins by clearly explaining the Dzogchen teachings and then reveals, in a simple and non-intellectual manner, what is meant by the practice of Dzogchen.
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
"Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake." - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Detailed instructions for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day, and the more advanced practice of sleep yoga. Since we spend nearly a third of our lives asleep, the focus on sleep and dream practice becomes of utmost important for those practitioners that want to make the best of the time they have.
A Spacious Path to Freedom
Gyatrul Rinpoche's commentary on a portion of Karma Chagme's 17th century text, "The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen." The 1st volume is called, "Naked Awareness." A related text (all 3 are translated by B. Alan Wallace) is entitled, "Natural Liberation" and is attributed to Padmasambhava. However, even the 3 together do not completely communicate the original text. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche also wrote a small commentary on the original text entitled: "The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen." All 4 of these books are well worth reading. They are among the clearest and pithiest of currently available English translations of Mahamudra and Dzogchen texts and help one to not only understand their relationships, but more importantly to understand the underlying truths within them.
Mahamudra is contended to be the highest teaching within the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogchen is similarly regarded for the Nyingma tradition. Thus, the original work can be said to address the very highest Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhist) teachings. It is obvious (even in translation) that Karma Chagme was a great, enlightened master.
Heart Lamp: The Heart of the Matter and Lamp of Mahamudra
Tsele Natsok Rangdröl’s (born c. 1608) writings are considered critical tools for the modern student of non-conceptual meditation practice, in particular those who pursue the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. His works are renowned in the Kagyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism for his brilliant scholarship, profound exposition, and meditative accomplishment. Comprised of two of his most important texts, this collection presents four essential Buddhist strands of philosophical viewpoint and meditation technique: the teachings of the Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) body of literature; the philosophy of the Middle Way; Mahamudra meditation; and Dzogchen teachings and practice.
The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen
The Practical Instructions of the Noble Great Compassionate One, Chenrezik
by Karma Chakme Rinpoche
"The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen presents in a very concise and inclusive way all that an individual actually needs to practice in order to attain awakening. This style of presentation, in its brevity and directness, is appropriate for the present time because our mental afflictions are strong and life is short. We do not have time to waste." ~ Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
The text, which is composed of eight songs, presents the quintessence of both mahamudra and dzokchen while celebrating their fundamental unity. Written in Karma Chakme's unique style of extreme simplicity and great profundity, it makes what is normally difficult to understand very easy and straightforward.
Wild Awakening - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Seen as the culmination of all practice and study by the New Translation Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development.
Both lineages of meditation practice emphasize the ultimate state of awareness within and the clear and luminous nature of the mind. In this book, Dzogchen Ponlop, holder of the wisdom lineages of both Dzogchen and Mahamudra, presents the view and practices of these two traditions with a pragmatic approach and informal style. He teaches that by applying ourselves to these practices, we can all experience our world more directly.
Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding
by Longchen Rabjampa
The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding is one volume of The Seven Treasuries. Consisting of Longchen Rabjam's source verses and autocommentary, it is a treatise on the "four great samayas" of Dzogchen - ineffability, openness, spontaneous presence, and oneness. In support of his presentation, Longchen Rabjam quotes extensively from the Dzogchen tantras, as well as from Garab Dorje, Nagarjuna, Shri Singha, Padmasambhava, and other great masters of the early Buddhist tradition.
A Roll Of Thunder From The Void
This important collection of teachings from the Northern Treasures Vajrakila cycle includes liturgical practice texts (sadhana) from the original treasure revelations, together with explanatory notes and commentaries by the 17th century master Padma ’phrin-las on how to take these practices into a closed retreat and employ them for the highest benefit of oneself and all living beings. Having become empowered in the mandala of Vajrakila by a master guru, trainees may use the skilful esoteric techniques, described herein, in order to develop a profound experiential certainty of the true nature of reality. These texts are manuals, designed to be studied by disciplined individuals who wish to train themselves in skilful altruism. They are traditional methods for overcoming the instincts of egoistic self-interest, allowing the mind to become focussed on the general welfare of the world, so that beneficial changes of great social value may be brought about in both thought and behaviour.
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Author: Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
A profound commentary on two important texts on the preliminary practices, or ngondro, informed by Thinley Norbu's understanding of the concerns of Western practitioners. The main commentary is on the well-known Dudjom Tersar Ngondro, a terma revealed by Dudjom Lingpa. Also included is a second commentary, on a short prayer text (Tsogskhang Dechen) written by Dudjom Rinpoche. Together, these two commentaries offer the occasion for Thinley Norbu Rinpoche to impart his powerful insight into various aspects of the Buddhist path from the tantric point of view.
The Cycle of Day and Night: An Essential Tibetan Text on the Practice of Contemplation - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (Paperback)
The Cycle Of Day And Night by Namkhai Norbu is a practical guide to a fundamental practice of the Dzogchen system of Tibetan Buddhism, presented in a clear and direct manner, written by an acknowledged contemporary master of this ancient tradition. Central to Dzogchen,
the Great Perfection , is contemplation the immediate experience of the primordial state of the individual, the unconditioned nature of the mind. This nature of the mind transcends the specific contents of mind, the incessant flow of thoughts reflecting our social, cultural, and psychological conditioning. Based on the teaching by Garab Dorje, the first human master of the Dzogchen lineage, The Cycle Of Day And Night gives a translation of the author's Tibetan Text, together with a commentary drawn from the author s extensive oral explanations. Actual methods are given for entering into contemplation and integrating it with our activities during the 24 hour cycle of day and night.
The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (Paperback)
Namkhai Norbu examines the various levels of the spiritual path of Tibetan Buddhism from the point of view of Dzogchen - said by many to be it's highest teaching, in which the "self-perfected state" that is the individual's own nature is directly introduced by the master to the disciple from the very beginning of their relationship.
By interweaving his own life story with the teachings, he sets Dzogchen in its traditional context and reveals its powerful contemporary relevance. He discusses the base, path and fruit of Dzogchen practice and describes his education and how he met his principal teacher who showed him the real meaning of 'direct introduction to Dzogchen.' He describes Dzogchen in relation to the various levels of the Buddhist path including sutra and tantra, as well Dzogchen in the Bon tradition.
Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light - Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (Paperback)
In this book Namkhai Norbu gives instructions for developing clarity within the sleep and dream states. He goes beyond the practices of lucid dreaming that have been popularized in the West, by presenting methods for guiding dream states that are part of a broader systemfor enhancing self-awareness called Dzogchen. In this tradition, the development of lucidity in the dream state is understood in the context of generating greater awareness for the ultimate porpose of attaining liberation. This revised and enlarged edition includes additional material from a profound and personal Dzogchen book which Namkhai Norbu has been writing for many years. This material expands and deepens the first edition's emphasis on specific exercises to develop awareness within the dream and sleep states. Also included in this book is a text written by Mipham, the nineteenth-centruy master of Dzogchen, which offers additional insights into this extraordinary form of meditation and awareness.
Vajra Speech: Pith Instructions for the Dzogchen Yogi (Paperback) - Tulku Urgyen
Vajra Speech, by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, renowned for his extraordinary experience and realization, is a wide ranging collection of pith instructions for the Dzogchen yogi. This Tibetan master’s advice reduces negative emotions and naturally enables loving kindness, compassion and wisdom to flourish.
“A swan can separate water and milk when drinking. The yogi should be like the swan in separating the milk of original wakefulness from the water of ignorance.
Illuminating Sunshine: Buddhist funeral rituals of Avalokiteśvara - Hardback 1st Edition
Hardback ~ 1st Edition
Of immense practical value, this book must surely find a place in the library of every Buddhist centre and private home in the land. As it has been wisely said, one never knows which will come first, tomorrow morning or the next life!
Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism - Its Fundamentals and History
Author : Dudjom Rinpoche and Gyurme Dorje and Kapstein, Matthew
The long-awaited reprint of this monumental and definitive study of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism. This is one of the master works of recent Buddhist scholarship. Written by the late head of the Nyingma sect, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, the book covers in detail and depth both the main teachings and the history of the Nyingma tradition.
In the section on the teachings, Dudjom Rinpoche delineates the entire range of the Buddhist spiritual and philosophical systems. These form a dynamic gradation of experience, from the mundane level of cyclic existence to that of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen.
In the section on the history of the school, a fascinating account is given of the religious development of Tibet, from the seventh century until the present day. Included are numerous biographies of the major teachers in the lineage, and a rectification of misconceptions and criticisms concerning the Nyingma school. Extensive notes and records of source materials round out a volume of immense importance.
"It is a work which communicates the highest wisdom of the Nyingma lineage to the English-speaking world." Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche.
Hardback, 1584pp pages, 246 x 162mm, Wisdom Publications, 2002
Tangtong Gyalpo: King of the Empty Plain - Hardback from Tsadra Foundation
This biography entitled "King of the Empty Plain" is familiar to every Tibetan yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. Tangtong Gyalpo's incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, he discovered techniques for achieving longevity that are still held in highest esteem and are frequently taught six hundred years later.
Straight From The Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions
"Essential teachings. . . . The deepest insights are presented here straight from the heart. I consider this a great contribution to the study of Buddhism."—Ringu Tulku
Straight from the Heart brings together an inspiring collection of Buddhist teachings, songs of realization, meditation instructions, and enlightened poetry all chosen for their power to speak directly to the student. Drawn from Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism as well as from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, some will impress with their beautiful poetry and powerful imagery; others with their profound power of instruction. Still others share personal advice for life that seems to come directly from the mouth of the author, and some serve as immediate and profound practice instructions. Several are just delightfully unconventional, even outrageous, letting in fresh air on petrified views or musty traditions. Most of them are simply unknown precious gems, which deserve a wider audience. Each of the works is preceded by a brief introduction and a short biography of its author. Many of these are legendary accounts of supernatural feats edifying examples for students on the same spiritual path, meant to expand their limited outlook with “mind-blowing” stories. Miraculous deeds, magnificent songs, and pithy instructions distinguish this collection assembled by the Buddhist scholar and translator Karl Brunnhölzl, whose years of work among dharma texts and his skill as a translator yield a rich mine of teachings all chosen for their ability to speak directly to the heart.
Translated by Karl Brunnholzl
The Life of Longchenpa ~ The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and written works, he was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of transmission. His written works are also famous for being able to transfer true blessings just by reading or hearing his enlightened words.
Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa’s autobiography, and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths,
The Life of Longchenpa
weaves an inspiring tale of wonder and magic, of extraordinary visions and spiritual insight, set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and Bhutan. It also reveals for the first time fascinating details of his ten years of self-exile in Bhutan, stories that were unknown to his Tibetan biographers.
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Author: Sogyal Rinpoche
This runaway bestseller explains the Tibetan understanding of what happens when a person dies, and shows how we can use this knowledge to help the dying, face the death of our loved ones and deepen our understanding of life. Already hailed as a classic, it is written by a well known teacher with an international following. Rinpoche brings together for the first time the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan tradition and modern research on death and dying.
Author: Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche
The exceptional Nyingma master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche gives a commentary on the Kadampa Seven Point Mind Training teachings.
This classic text on Lojong, or Mind Training, was composed by Geshe Chekawa from the original teachings brought to Tibet by Atisha. These teachings condense the compassionate path to Buddhahood into practical instructions which make use of all the circumstances of everyday life. The late Khyentse Rinpoche gave this commentary in the Dordogne, France in 1990, during his last visit to the West. He speaks frankly from his heart, drawing on his own life-long experience.