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Added 16 March 2018
In this brief text, the celebrated Dzogchen scholar and adept Khenpo Ngawang Palzang (1879–1941) summarizes the four main Indian Buddhist tenet systems traditions (according to Tibetan doxographers): 1) Vaibhāṣika, 2) Sautrāntika, 3) Cittamātra (Mind Only) and 4) Mādhyamika (Middle Way), which is further divided into Svātantrika and Prāsaṅgika.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama composed this prayer for the longevity of Jetsünma Muntso Rinpoche, who is the niece of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, in 2000 at the request of Khenchen Rinpoche and others. Read text >
This devotional prayer to invoke the blessings of the guru is one of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok's (1933–2004) best known compositions. It was written in 1987 at Mount Wutai (Wutai Shan) at the request of an elderly disciple named Lama Rigdön. Read text >
Divine Blue Water is a smoke offering (bsang) ritual that functions as a remedy against ritual pollution (grib), specifically the form known as ‘contamination’ (mnol). The text is attributed to Padmasambhava, but was not hidden as a treasure (gter ma); it was painted on the wall at Samye Monastery and it is from there that the textual lineage derives. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) edited the version published here, which appears in modern editions of the Nyingma Kama. Read text >
In this short work in verse, the great yogi Dza Patrul Rinpoche offers advice on the natural self-liberation (rang grol) of thoughts and emotions. This, he repeatedly emphasizes, is the key to the view, meditation and conduct of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. With it, all other forms of view and meditation are superfluous; but without it, negative traits will be plain to see. Read text >
A concise and simple sādhana (sgrub thabs) focused upon Mañjuśrī, the embodiment of all the buddhas' wisdom. Read text >
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This guide to the stages of visualization for the Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices (sngon 'gro) is, as Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo himself puts it, "brief, clear and essential." Some of its instructions differ slightly from those given by Patrul Rinpoche, so that it represents a distinct commentarial tradition. Read text >
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* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.