Heart Essence of the Dakinis: The Outer and Inner Preliminaries

Heart Essence of the Dakinis: The Outer and Inner Preliminaries

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by Dzogchen Rinpoche
     
 

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This book explains the foundational practices of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), widely considered to contain Tibetan Buddhism's most powerful methods for transforming the mind. Traditionally, this book was used as an instruction manual for those engaged in long-term meditation retreat. The practices contained in Great Perfection are commonly referred to as the… See more details below

Overview

This book explains the foundational practices of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), widely considered to contain Tibetan Buddhism's most powerful methods for transforming the mind. Traditionally, this book was used as an instruction manual for those engaged in long-term meditation retreat. The practices contained in Great Perfection are commonly referred to as the preliminary practices (ngondro), and are considered essential for the correct practice of the Great Perfection, as they ensure the practitioner has a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the Buddhist tradition. In addition, this book contains an historical overview of the teachings, a section on the importance and meaning of empowerment, and extensive material on how to properly receive and study the Dzogchen teachings.

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"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 the 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559392853
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Series:
Heart Essence Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,137,413
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

The Third Dzogchen Rinpoche (1759–1792) was the abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, one of the largest monastic centers in eastern Tibet. He was known particularly for his mastery of the Great Perfection teachings and his clear and accessible works on this topic.

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