The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, Volume Three

The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, Volume Three


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This three-volume set presents the collected works of one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in our time, published to mark his centennial celebration. A complete exposition of the stages of the Buddhist path is presented through Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's commentaries on the root texts of classic Tibetan masters including Patrul Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa, Shechen Gyaltsab, and Mipham Rinpoche. Originally given orally to Western students, the texts afford a rare glimpse into the direct transmissions of a master teacher. Moreover, several of the texts have never been published before. 

Volume three expands on the inner core of the Vajrayana teachings and contemplative retreat practice. It begins with a guide to authentic spiritual practice that combines the wisdom of three of the greatest masters of the Tibetan tradition. This is followed by a witty manual of advice for solitary retreat; discussion of the four empowerments and the three samadhis; a commentary on an important dzogchen text; and quintessential teachings on the ultimate nature of the mind. The volume concludes with a selection from the few poems by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche that have been translated into English.

All but one of the books in this volume is published here for the first time.

Volume Three Contents: Zurchungpa's Testament, A Wondrous Ocean of Advice for the Practice of Retreat in Solitude, Pure Appearance, Primordial Purity, The Lamp That Dispels Darkness, Selected Verse

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590306277
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. His extraordinary depth of realization enabled him to be, for all who met him, a foundation of loving-kindness, wisdom, and compassion. A dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rime movement, Khyentse Rinpoche was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He tirelessly worked to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. His writings in Tibetan fill twenty-five volumes.

Table of Contents

Remembrance His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama xi

Foreword Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche xv

Preface Matthieu Ricard xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

About Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche xxv

Zurchungpa's Testament: A Commentary on zurchung sherab trakpa's eighty chapters of Personal Advice 1

Foreword 3

Translators' Introduction 5

Thematic Outline of the Eighty Chapters 15

Part 1 Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's Commentary on the Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice 23

Introduction 25

I Faith 37

II Discipline 80

III Concentration 187

IV Wisdom 238

V Conclusion 311

Part 2 Zurchang Sherab Trakpa's Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice 317

Part 3 Shechen Gyaltsap Rinpoche's A Necklace of Jewels 359

Notes 429

Bibliography 441

A Wondrous Ocean of Advice for the Practice of Retreat in Solitude 445

About Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa 447

The Commentary 449

Notes 477

The Root Text 478

Pure Appearance: Development and Completion Stages in Vajrayana Practice 487

Acknowledgments 491

1 The Four Abhishekas and the Three Samadhis 493

2 The First Three Bardos 518

3 The Second Three Bardos 529

4 Development Stage and Vajrasattva Practice 544

5 The Four Binding Forces 564

Primordial Purity: Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point 585

Acknowledgments 589

1 View 591

2 Meditation 618

3 Action 642

The Special Teaching of Khepa Shri Gyalpo: Three Words That Strike the Vital Point 665

The Lamp That Dispels Darkness: Instructions That Point Directly to the Nature of the Mind According to the Tradition of the Old Meditators 669

About Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche 671

The Commentary 672

Notes 692

The Root Text 693

Selected Verse 701

Glossary 715

Sources and Credits 739

About the Dilgo Kkyentse Fellowship and Shechen 743

Index 745

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