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The following texts are currently available as part of our Ethical Guidelines series:
- A Powerful Pith Instruction to Abstain from Tobacco, the Tenacious Demon Plaguing People of Degenerate Times revealed by Jigdral Tutop Lingpa
This text from the terma cycle known as The Ocean of the Profound Essence (zab tig rgya mtsho) relates the mythical origins of tobacco and warns readers against its use, noting how it incites destructive emotions and ultimately leads to rebirth in hell.
In this text from his collected songs Nyala Pema Dündul describes the visionary encounter with Avalokiteśvara which first made him aware of the suffering brought about by eating meat and which led to his becoming a vegetarian.
In this short text, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche explains some important points of conduct to be observed by the saṅgha of monastic practitioners and the saṅgha of vidyādhara yogins. It was written with a view to preserving aspects of tradition in danger of being lost forever.
Jamyang Khyentse wrote these behavioural guidelines (bca' yig) for the Sakya monastery of Tupten Tashi Gepel Ling (thub bstan bkra shis dge 'phel gling), also known as Sagang (sa sgang), from his residence at Dzongsar during the Earth Tiger year (1938–1939).
In this appeal to Hindu worshippers who practise animal sacrifice, Jamyang Khyentse explains the karmic consequences of taking life and questions how compassionate deities could ever sanction such a rite.