Heart Drops of Dharmakaya: Dzogchen Practice of the Bon Tradition

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Here for the first time in English is a complete Dzogchen meditation manual from the ancient religious tradition of Tibet known as Bön. The Kunzang Nying-tig by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is a powerful and practical instructional text, which cuts to the heart of Dzogchen meditation. Dzogchen is regarded by Bonpos as the highest and most esoteric religious practice.Written in the style of personal instruction from Shardza to his students, the manual is supplemented with a commentary by Lopon Tenzin Namdak who is ...
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Overview

Here for the first time in English is a complete Dzogchen meditation manual from the ancient religious tradition of Tibet known as Bön. The Kunzang Nying-tig by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is a powerful and practical instructional text, which cuts to the heart of Dzogchen meditation. Dzogchen is regarded by Bonpos as the highest and most esoteric religious practice.Written in the style of personal instruction from Shardza to his students, the manual is supplemented with a commentary by Lopon Tenzin Namdak who is himself an acknowledged master of Dzogchen. The translation was carried out by Lopon in the course of teaching the text to Western students at his monastery in the Kathmandu Valley. The book has four parts: preliminary practices, the practice of trekcho, the practice of togel and bardo, and phowa practices. Also included are a discussion of the rainbow body, a short history of Bön, and biographies of the authors.
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"This is one of the most important books in Dzogchen as demonstrated by the author Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen who attained the rainbow body. My kind root master Lopon Rinpoche's clear and direct commentary elucidates all the major points of this essential text." —Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, author of Tibetan Yogas of Dream & Sleep

"For most readers this book will serve as the first "insider" introduction to Bön, the indigenous spiritual tradition of Tibet. . . . We have in Heart Drops an inspiring text that no doubt will help to vindicate Bön as an indispensable source of Dzogchen teachings." —Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

"Written in the direct, personal, and meaningful style of instructor to student . . . enthusiastically recommended reading." —Wisconsin Bookwatch 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559391726
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 544,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859–1935) was born in the Kham region of Tibet. An unusually gifted child, he became a monk at age nine. At thirty-four he retired to a mountain hermitage where he passed the rest of his life in retreat, meditating, writing, and teaching students from both Buddhist and Bonpo backgrounds.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 13
Biography of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen 17
Heart Drops of Dharmakaya: The Text 31
Bk. 1 Preliminary Practices 35
Bk. 2 The Practice of Trekcho 51
Bk. 3 The Practice of Togel 75
Bk. 4 Phowa and Bardo Practices 115
App. 1: The Rainbow Body 135
App. 2 A Short History of Bon 139
App. 3 Biography of Lopon Tenzin Namdak 147
Illustrations 155
Bibliographic Essay 161
Tibetan Text 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    Great Book!

    Very informative book on Dzogchen. Unlike some books it goes into great depth on the practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Excellent Book on Dzogchen

    This is an excellent book on Dzogchen. If you are interested in Dzogchen you must read it.

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