THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF DREAM AND SLEEP by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
"If we cannot carry our practice into sleep," Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche writes, "if we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? 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."
This book gives detailed instructions for dream yoga, including foundational practices done during the day. In the Tibetan tradition, the ability to dream lucidly is not an end in itself, rather it provides an additional context in which one can engage in advanced and effective practices to achieve liberation.
Dream yoga is followed by sleep yoga, also known as the yoga of clear light. It is a more advanced practice, similar to the most secret Tibetan practices. The goal is to remain aware during deep sleep when the gross conceptual mind and the operation of the senses cease. Most Westerners do not even consider this depth of awareness a possibility, yet it is well known in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon spiritual traditions.
The result of these practices is greater happiness and freedom in both our waking and dreaming states. The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep imparts powerful methods for progressing along the path to liberation.
Zurchungpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice was the final teaching given by the great Nyingma master Zurchung Sherab Trakpa before he passed away. His counsels are the distillation of a lifetime's experience and comprise the practical instructions of a master who had made the teachings of the Great Perfection truly part of himself. The original text consists of almost 580 maxims organized into eighty chapters covering the entire path of Dzogchen, from fundamental teachings on devotion and renunciation through to a whole series of pith instructions that bring the Dzogchen view to life. Much of the meaning of these pithy, often cryptic instructions could be lost on the reader without the help of the notes Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche provided in his annotated edition, which he based on the explanations he received from his own teacher, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
This book contains a complete, detailed teaching on Zurchungpa's text by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, based on Shechen Gyaltsap's notes. 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.
PENETRATING WISDOM: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
"The reason we rely on the Vajra master is that we have already tried many different methods to wake ourselves up, but none of them really worked. We set our alarm clock for the next morning and then, in the morning, it beeps with a very unconfident beep... When this feeble beep happens, our great samsaric command is to move a hand with tremendous habitual power and press the snooze button. Then we go back to our comfortable samsaric sleep. We go back again to the dreams and nightmares to which we are attached. Fifteen minutes later, the alarm clock beeps again. Again, we press the snooze button. We don't have this faith, this confidence in the inconceivable truth that can wake us up. This goes on for ages... That's why the Hinayana and Mahayana journeys take so long."
With deep compassion, sharp observations, and arresting metaphors, The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explicates The Aspiration of Samantabhadra for both new and experienced practitioners. This Dzogchen prayer explores the different manifestations of rigpa, our basic awareness in daily life, and constitutes a set of instructions for refining the path of practice. Given as a series of talks in Germany and the United States, Penetrating Wisdom includes the text of the prayer, Rinpoche's always-lively commentary, and lucid answers to questions posed by his students.
EYE OF THE STORM, VAIROTSANA'S FIVE ORIGINAL TRANSMISSIONS fore. by Bhakha Tulku Pema Rigdzin, trans. and commentary by Keith Dowman
'The five texts translated from Tibetan into English in this book are considered the first transmission of Dzogchen Ati to Tibet (Snga 'gyur lnga). They constitute the root and essence of Dzogchen in Tibet -- basic, raw Dzogchen precepts, appropriately styled 'radical Dzogchen'. 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.' Vairotsana is a pre-eminent Dzogchen master.
WELLSPRINGS OF THE GREAT PERFECTION by Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche,and Getse Mahapandita
An impressive collection of translations from a vast number of original Tibetan documents, as well as selections of the realization songs by the early masters of the Dzogchen lineage. This book looks at the original sources explaining how the Dzogchen teachings came into this world, who received them and passed them on. Much of this collection has never appeared in English before.
By relying solely on traditional Tibetan documents that clearly lay out the transmission of the Dzogchen lineage, this book fills an important gap in the body of Tibetan texts that are now available in English. This comprehensive selection describes the early Dzogchen masters lives and what they taught, with particular emphasis paid to the events that took place before the teachings were transmitted to Tibet.
BONPO DZOGCHEN TEACHINGS by Lopon Tenzin Namdak & John Myrdhin Reynolds
The two Older Schools of Tibet, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, emphasize the Dzogchen point of view in elucidating their understanding of the Higher Tantras. Among the Older Schools, Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, which lies beyond the process of Tantric transformation, is regarded as the quintessential teaching of the Buddha, pointing directly to the Nature of Mind and its intrinsic awareness, known as Rigpa. However, according to Lopon Tenzin Namdak Yongdzin Rinpoche, the leading Dzogchen master among the Bonpo Lamas living today, "It is necessary for us as practitioners to know what Dzogchen is, how to practice it, and the result of this practice." Lopon Rinpoche undertakes this task in a series of nine teachings. Here the Lopon compares the Dzogchen view with the views of Madhyamaka, Chittamatra, Tantra and Mahamudra, clearly indicating the similarities and the differences among them.
Unlike the traditional educational system found in other Tibetan monasteries, at Tashi Menri Monastery and at Triten Norbutse Monastery, both now re-established in India and Nepal respectively, Dzogchen is not restricted to private meditation instruction only. Rather, it is brought out into the daylight of the marketplace of philosophical ideas and discussed in relation to the viewpoints of Sutra and Tantra. The Lopon's exceptionally clear exposition of these various views, which have consequences for one's meditation practice, will be of interest to Western students and practitioners. Transcribed and edited by John Myrdhin Reynolds from the Lopon's original lectures, the teachings are provided here with a new introduction and annotations, as well as an appendix with a brief biography of the Lopon and a sketch of the educational system at his monastery of Triten Norbutse in Nepal.
GREAT PERFECTION: Outer and Inner Preliminaries by the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche, trans. by Cortland Dahl, intro. by Dzogchen Ponlop
In the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the Great Perfection is considered the most profound and direct path to enlightenment. The instructions of this tradition present a spiritual shortcut--a radically direct approach that cuts through confusion and lays bare the mind's true nature of luminous purity. For centuries, these teachings have been taught and practiced in secret by some of the greatest adepts of the Buddhist tradition.
Great Perfection: Outer and Inner Preliminaries contains detailed instructions on the foundational practices of this tradition from the Excellent Chariot, a Great Perfection instruction manual compiled by the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche. Distilling the teachings of the Heart Essence of the Dakinis into an accessible, easy-to-practice format, The Excellent Chariot leads the reader through the entire Buddhist path, starting with basic Buddhist contemplations that work to dislodge deeply ingrained patterns of thinking and behaving, and continuing on to the most advanced and secret meditative practices of the Great Perfection.
In addition to the translation, Great Perfection: Outer and Inner Preliminaries contains a beautiful introduction by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a contemporary Great Perfection master, and an extensive glossary of key Great Perfection terminology.
«This amazing volume enshrines the Buddhist teachings for beginners, teaching how to deal with everyday life, how to apply one's mind to the pure teachings of the Buddha, and especially the extraordinary physical, vocal and mental exercises that awaken the enlightened nature of the mind. This wonderful volume is rich in blessings and filled with practical advice.»--Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind.
«For centuries, the Heart Essence of the Dakinis has been treasured as one of the most profound and direct paths to enlightenment in the Tibetan tradition. The teachings contained in this volume illuminate the preliminary practices of this sacred path. Drawing upon many of the greatest sages of India and Tibet, its lucid explanations are sure to inspire beginners and seasoned meditators alike.»--Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking th Secret and Science of Happiness.
«The aim of the preliminary practices is to establish a foundation for all spiritual progress. To dispense with these foundations in order to practice teachings one supposes to be more profound is like building a palace on the surface of a frozen lake. If one's practice of the preliminaries is profound, the main practice will be profound as well. One can therefore be grateful to Cortland Dahl for having given us a clear and insightful translation of the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche's magnificent teachings on the preliminary practices of the Khandro Nyingtik. When it comes to the meaning of the Great Perfection, the birth of understanding depends entirely upon these preliminaries.»--Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill.
The Heart Essence Series presents translations of seminal writings on the Great Perfection. Beginning with the works of the Heart Essence of the Dakinis and the Heart Essence of Vimalamitra, two cycles that lie at the core of the Great Perfection lineage, the series aims to provide scholars, teachers, and practitioners of these profound teachings with accurate and readable translations of the most important Great Perfection texts.
THE QUINTESSENCE OF THE UNIFIED PRACTICE OF MAHAMUDRA AND DZOKCHEN: The Practical Instructions of the Noble, Great Compassionate One Chenrezik by Karma Chakme Rinpoche, commentary by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, trans. by Yeshe Gyamtso
The purpose of The Essence of the Unified Practice of Mahamudra and Dzokchen is to present 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. The text, which is composed of eight songs, presents the quintessence of both the mahamudra and dzogchen traditions. Written in Karma Chakme's style of extreme simplicity and great profundity, it makes what is normally difficult to understand very straightforward and easy to understand.