A new translation of Longchenpa's famous work that presents the entire scope of the Buddhist view combined with pith instructions pointing out the nature of one's mind.
Longchenpa’s classic Buddhist manual for attaining liberation teaches us how to familiarize ourselves with our most basic nature—the clear, pristine, and aware mind. Written in the fourteenth century, this text is the first volume of Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest, a work of the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. This profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path combines the scholastic expository method with direct pith instructions designed for yogi practitioners.
This first part of the Trilogy of Rest sets the foundation for the following two volumes: Finding Rest in Meditation, which focuses on Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice, and Finding Rest in Illusion, which focuses on post-meditation yogic conduct. The Padmakara Translation Group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation to Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind along with selections from its autocommentary, The Great Chariot, which will serve as a genuine aid to study and meditation.
Here, we find essential instructions on the need to turn away from materialism, how to find a qualified guide, how to develop boundless compassion for all beings, along with the view of tantra and associated meditation techniques. The work culminates with pointing out the result of practice as presented from the Dzogchen perspective, providing us with all the tools necessary to traverse the Tibetan Buddhist path of finding rest.
About the Author
LONGCHEN RABJAM (1308–1363), also known as Longchenpa, is a great luminary of Tibetan Buddhism. He was highly skilled in all aspects of scholarship from an early age and excelled throughout his life in the practice and accomplishment of the Dharma. Regarded as a great Dzogchen master, Longchenpa had many pure visions where he was given direct instructions from Guru Padmasambhava and is recognized as an emanation of Vimalamitra. Longchenpa’s prolific writings have made him one of Tibet’s most renowned and precious teachers.
The PADMAKARA TRANSLATION GROUP, based in France, has a distinguished reputation for all its translations of Tibetan texts and teachings. Its work has been published in several languages and is renowned for its clear and accurate literary style.
Table of Contents
Foreword Alak Zenkar Rinpoche xiii
Foreword Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche xv
Translators' Introduction xix
Part 1 Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind
1 The Freedoms and Advantages of Human Birth So Hard to Find 5
2 Impermanence 11
3 The Sufferings of Samsara 17
4 The Karmic Law of Cause and Effect 35
5 The Spiritual Master 51
6 Refuge 67
7 The Four Unbounded Attitudes 75
8 Cultivating the Attitude of Mind Oriented toward Enlightenment 85
9 The Generation and Perfection Stages and Their Union 103
10 The View That Dwells in Neither of the Two Extremes, the Wisdom whereby the Nature of the Ground Is Realized 115
11 The Path: Stainless Meditative Concentration 127
12 The Three Aspects of Meditative Concentration 143
13 The Great, Spontaneously Present Result 151
Part 2 Excerpts from The Great Chariot
The Mind Is the Root of All Phenomena 167
Mind, Intellect, and Consciousness 171
The Eight Consciousnesses as the Basis of Delusion 175
The Three Natures 179
The Universal Ground 191
The Universal Ground, the Eight Consciousnesses, and the State of Sleep 201
The Tathagatagarbha 205
The Three Concentrations of the Generation Stage 253
The Simple Practice of the Generation and Perfection Stages 257
The Mind and the Objects That Appear to It 261
The Omniscient Longchenpa Speaks about His Realization 265
Texts Cited in The Great Chariot 301
The Padmakara Translation Group Translations into English 309