Longchen Rabjam Series

Tibetan MastersLongchen Rabjam

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Longchen Rabjam

Longchen Rabjam

Name variants:
  • Drimé Özer
  • Tsultrim Lodrö
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Just like the Six Ornaments and Two Supreme Ones who beautify our world,

You were their equal in your mastery of compassion, learning and realization,

Yet you practised hidden in the forest in sacred solitude.

Longchenpa, who perfected saṃsāra and nirvāṇa in the state of dharmakāya,

Drimé Özer—Stainless Light—at your feet I pray!

Texts by and about Longchen Rabjam (klong chen rab 'byams, 1308-1364), also known as Drimé Özer (dri med 'od zer), who is widely acknowledged as the greatest exponent of Dzogpachenpo, or the Great Perfection, in Tibetan history:


Essential advice on every stage of the path from beginning to end. As Longchenpa puts it in the text itself: "Even if we were to meet in person, I would have no greater instruction to give you than this. So take it to heart, all the time, and in any situation."

In this profound instruction on the process of dying and the intermediate state, or bardo, the great Longchen Rabjam explains how to see death from a Dzogchen perspective and how to attain liberation either at the moment of death or thereafter in the bardos of dharmatā or becoming.

Longchenpa describes this text as a letter sent from his mind to itself, and, as befits such a personal message, it is heartfelt and candid. The core of the message is simple enough: to leave behind the busyness of saṃsāra and set out instead for the peace and tranquility of the forest, where "meditation naturally grows" and "one can find the bliss of inner peace." Yet while Longchenpa makes this point uncompromisingly, his language, particularly in describing the kind of wild woodland sanctuary he recommends, is often beautifully evocative and poetic.

Longchen Rabjam tells us that he composed these thirty verses of heartfelt advice for himself and others like him, out of a sense of renunciation. In what has become one of his most famous and popular teachings, he advocates simplicity, ethical discipline, humility, and, above all, diligent practice.


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