Wellsprings of the Great Perfection: The Lives and Insights of the Early Masters

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For centuries, Dzogchen, often translated as the "Great Perfection," was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed. This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before appeared in English, is drawn from a vast number of original classical Tibetan sources and includes selections of realization songs by early masters of the ...
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For centuries, Dzogchen, often translated as the "Great Perfection," was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed. This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before appeared in English, is drawn from a vast number of original classical Tibetan sources and includes selections of realization songs by early masters of the lineage. The book describes the early Dzogchen masters’s lives and what they taught, with particular emphasis on events that took place before the teachings were transmitted to Tibet. Enhanced by specially commissioned line drawings by a notable living Tibetan artist, as well as by rare samples of the mystical symbolic script of the dakinis, the book is both a fascinating historical document and a source of sacred knowledge and inspiration.
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"The ultimate origin and absolute teachings of Dzogchen inscribed in this most sacred text and whispered by the greatest adepts of its lineage are finally available in this volume. Every serious student of Dzogchen must study and enshrine it in their heart."
—Tulku Thondup, author of The Healing Power of Mind

"The revelations and other authentic narrations in Wellsprings are translated into the English language by Erik Pema Kunsang...whose flowers of experience and realization are blooming. On this endeavor I repeatedly throw flowers of praise and honor.... The Dzogchen teachings of the Greatest Secret, also known as the Great Perfection, are the words of the compassionate Buddha, and among the causal and resultant vehicles, they are of the type that employ the fruition as the path. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection describes the origin, and gives both short and detailed historical accounts and teachings. I see a profound importance in studying, reflecting upon and practicing the authentic statements and explanations of the Dzogchen lineage masters—especially for people who aspire to realize the Great Perfection—the Thorough Cut of primordial purity, the view of Trekchö. I therefore request readers to keep these scriptures in the center of their hearts.”
—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, author of Present Fresh Wakefulness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789627341574
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Pema Kunsang, who lives in Katmandu, Nepal, is one of the world’s gifted English interpreters of Tibetah. He has studied with and translated for more than 60 Tibetan masters, and is the compiler of The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Translator's Introduction     1
Samantabhadra's Infinite Realms     13
Prelude     25
Continuous Stream of Nectar     27
The Yoga of the Early Dawn     33
The Grand Vista     43
Kulayaraja Tantra, the opening chapter     47
The Eighteen Songs of Realization     53
The Royal Tantra of All-Inclusive Vastness     77
A Journey to the Golden Sanctuary     81
Realization Songs of Awakened Mind     97
From Early Treasure Masters     113
The Twelve Dzogchen Buddhas     115
Seven Segments to Establish the Great History     123
Songs from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of Sukhavati     153
Shri Singha Confers the Eighteen Dzogchen Tantras     157
The Heart Essence of the Dakinis     161
The Essence Tantra of Liberation Through Wearing     171
The Great Single Cut of Complete Liberation     175
The Jewel Garland Records     181
Illuminating Sunlight     189
From Revelations of Samantabhadra's Mind     207
The Tantra that Reveals the Intrinsic Buddha Mind     211
Revealing theEffortless Vehicle     225
Vairotsana's Profound Mind Tantra     239
Key to the Wisdom Heart     247
The Six Hearing Lineages     255
The Hearing Lineage of Vairotsana     259
From Later Treasure Masters     275
The Golden Garland Chronicles: Excerpts     279
The Single Golden Letter of the Black Quintessence     295
Transmitting the Brilliant Expanse     299
The Great History of Transmitting the Lineage of the Precious Teachings     305
Shri Singha's Heart Mirror     333
The Heart Essence of Vajrasattva     341
The Quintessence of All Vehicles     343
The Written Narration: In Tibet     347
The Testaments of the Knowledge-Holders     353
The Seven Spikes of Shri Singha     357
Twenty-One Songs of Self-Existing Oneness     363
The Golden Sun that Dispels Darkness     371
From Chokgyur Lingpa's revelations     383
Vajra Songs from the Masters of the Outer Cycle     389
Songs from the Innermost Essence     395
Vajra Songs from the Masters of the Innermost Cycle     401
Vimalamitra's Song of Flawless Ambrosia     413
Aspiration     415
An Aspiration for the Ground, Path and Fruition     417
Endnotes     421
Index     427
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