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" Don't mistake mere words to be the meaning of the teachings. Mingle the practice with your own being and attain liberation from samsara right now." PadmasambhavaPadmasambhava is the primary master of Vajrayana, the teachings for our time. Out of his great compassion and wisdom, he instructed his main disciple Yeshe Tsogyal to conceal terma treasures to be revealed at the destined time for future practitioners. The profundity of this advice is meant to be personally applied by all individuals in all circumstances. It is a classic work, which contains valid truth for anyone who sincerely wants to follow a spiritual path."The chief compiler of Padmasambhava's teachings was Yeshe Tsogyal, an emanation of a female Buddha. There may be some people who believe that only men can attain enlightenment, but her life is proof to the opposite. The awakened state of mind is neither male or female." Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, from Introductory Teachings
Profound teachings on the path of Dzogchen by a realised master
The collection of teachings presented in As It Is, Volume II, is selected fromtalks given by the Tibetan meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche between1994 and 1995. The emphasis in Volume I was on the development stagepractice; Volume II focuses primarily on the completion stage.Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was someone with extraordinary experience andrealization, a fact known throughout the world. It is evident to everyonethat he was unlike anyone else when it came to pointing out the nature ofmind, and making sure that people both recognized it and had some actualexperience.-Khenchen Thrangu RinpocheTulku Urgyen Rinpoche was an incredible master, one who was both learnedand accomplished. The great masters of this time-the 16th Karmapa,Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche-all venerated him as oneof their root gurus and a jewel in their crown ornament. He was someone whoachieved the final realization of the Great Perfection.-Orgyen Tobgyal RinpocheThe difference between buddhas and sentient beings is that sentient beingsare busy fabricating. Our self-existing wakefulness has fallen under the powerof being altered. As long as we continue to do so, we will wander in samsara.Rather than doing that, we need to recognize the nature of mind. I amexplaining this here to give you the idea of how things are. The next step isfor you to experience. Intellectual understanding is not enough. You need toactually taste and realize this self-existing wakefulness. Train till it becomesuninterrupted
Blazing Splendor paints an intimate portrait of the lost culture of Old Tibet and of a remarkable man who inspired thousands. A memoir in the form of tales told by Rinpoche toward the end of his life, the book spans his lifetime -- a lifetime rich in adventures of both spirit and body. His reminiscences weave a rich tapestry of family history and also describe the lives of some of the most realized and genuine practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Vajrayana system of Tibetan Buddhism has many techniques, few difficulties and is meant for people of higher capabilities. Because each of us possesses the enlightened essence, when many people participate in a great accomplishment practice, then many enlightened essences are gathered together in one place. Hence, practice will be more effective. If we have recognized and realized our enlightened essence, then circumstances will be perfect. Even if we have not, if we participate in the practice and stay within the environment, there will be great benefit.The Vajrayana system has many techniques and skillful means for clearing away the impurities that prevent us from fully realizing our buddha nature. If we weren't already endowed with this pure gold, the buddha nature, but instead possessed mere brass, we could polish and clean as much as possible, but the brass would never turn into gold. Nevertheless, since we already have a divine nature, then if we engage in the development, recitation and completion stage practices, which act like a polish, we can realize what we actually are.The Great Accomplishment book offers detailed explanations of these practices and the underlying theories from which they derive. It gives hands on advice on the meaning, the application and the profound results of working together with other practitioners to accomplish the goal of taming our minds and benefiting others. From the most esoteric to the subtlest of practical details, these three masters, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche and Lama Putsi give a complete guidance manual on this hidden treasure.
The Great Gate, A Guidebook to the Guru's Heart Practice, is a compilation of instructions on the preliminary practices by the great masters, Chokling Dewey Dorje, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche & Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Clear direct and personal, these teachings lucidly explain the application of key practices in the Vajrayana path, the pinnacle of which is the Great Perfection, the deepest and most undeviating way to attain enlightenment. The methods of the masters presented in this book focus on the simple approach of a meditator that is saturated with direct, pithy instructions. This is a tradition of plainly and simply stating things as they are, allowing the student to gain personal experience by challenging their intellect and guiding them towards realization.
For practitioners on the paths of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, one of the greatest joys is to personally receive oral instructions from a realized teacher. The excitement of being able to train based on that advice is further enhanced by the stimulation and support that guidance manuals provide. All of the selections presented in Perfect Clarity offer incredible teachings that are inspiring and vital. Pith instructions are so simple and direct that we can easily apply them without fear of mistakes.These days, the most effective style of teaching is not lengthy scholarly explanations but rather direct guidance manuals The Dzogchen tantras themselves were written in a style that shrouds and conceals the meaning so that only a master who is extremely well-versed in oral instructions and treatises is able to clarify the meaning. On the other hand, based upon oral instructions a guidance manual is a short, comprehensive teaching written in a clear and simple manner. Such summaries of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings contain all the teachings that a worthy practitioner requires to reach the state of primordial enlightenment in this very life.Tulku Urgyen RinpocheThe amazing collection in Perfect Clarity is rounded out by an introduction by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a preface by Marcia Dechen Wangmo, biographical data of the authors, a glossary, line drawings and photos and Tibetan source material references.
Quintessential Dzogchen elucidates how our confusion can dawn aswisdom. Arranged for the simple meditator, these pithy instructionsstrike the heart of the Buddha's teachings by explaining how to bothacknowledge and train in your own enlightened essence.Quintessential Dzogchen is an invaluable handbook replete with sourcematerials for those who seek further guidance. In forty-two writings bysome of the greatest masters, both past and present, as well as excerptsfrom the most profound scriptures, the entire ground, path & fruition ofthe foremost teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are clearly explained."For many people, the main point of the Buddha's teaching involvesnothing more than understanding the difference between recognizingand not recognizing mind-essence. Not recognizing is samsara, whilerecognizing is nirvana or liberation. It's from this perspective that we saythat all of the Buddha's teachings are simply about the mind."-Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Rainbow Painting is saturated with direct, pithy instruction, the very quintessence of the Buddhist Spiritual approach. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche speaks from experience, expressing what he himself has undergone, instructing us in the way we should train in a complete and unmistaken manner. We come to understand that to become enlightened we must experience what was always present within us. The ultimate object of realization, the natural state of mind, unmistakenly and exactly as it is, need not be sought for elsewhere but is present within ourselves. Stability in this unexcelled state of unity is not attained independently of means, proper conduct and knowledge of the view. We should unite view and conduct; and this book contains the key points for doing just that."Some people have the habit of thinking that something is bound to happen after practicing meditation a while - like going through school - that after ten or fifteen years you end up with a degree. That's the idea in the back of people's minds: "I can make it happen! I can do enlight¬enment!" Not in this case, though. You cannot make enlightenment, because enlightenment is unconstructed. Realizing the awakened state is a matter of being diligent in allowing nondual awareness to regain its natural stability. It is difficult to reach enlightenment without such dili¬gence, without undertaking any hardship."---Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche"Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche is someone who has lived at length in mountain hermitages, spent many years in retreat, and done a considerable amount of meditation training. For this reason, he gives the very quintessence of the sacred Dharma spoken by our compassionate Buddha Shakyamuni. He speaks from experience, expressing what he himself has undergone, instructing us in the way we should practice in a complete and unmistaken manner. These teachings, saturated with direct, pithy instruction, are unique."---Chökyi Nyima RinpocheThe ultimate object of realization, the natural state of mind, unmistakenly and exactly as it is, need not be sought elsewhere than in ourselves. We become enlightened through experiencing what is always innately present. Stability in this unexcelled unawareness is attained when view, the knowledge aspect and conduct, the means are integrated. In Rainbow Painting, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche presents the practices to accomplish this unity.
In Repeating the Words of the Buddha, Tulku UrgyenRinpoche unfolds the path to enlightenment, which is simplythe gradual uncovering of the awakened state alreadypresent in us.With the benevolence and brilliance of a realized being,Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche illustrates in a lucid, humorous fashionthe essential points of spiritual practice and explains, in hisunique straightforward manner how these are to be appliedin our everyday life.Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was among Tibetan Buddhism'sgreatest masters of the 20th century, and pivotal in bringingthe highest Buddhist teachings to the West.
Treasures from Juniper Ridge combines meditation and pith practiceinstructions in a way that is easy to apply and comprehend. It is a compilationof discovered teachings, termas, by the greatest master of VajrayanaBuddhism, Padmasambhava, hidden by his female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal.Treasures is replete with pieces that are direct, profound, fresh, and pertinentto our times.These various revelations are for all levels of practitioners. They provide indepth explanations of assorted aspects of practice, including: deity, deathand dying, non-conceptual meditation and recognizing mind nature. Thebook outlines ways to apply these teachings for the modern student, whileremaining true to traditional principles."Padmasambhava's pith instructions are extremely important because heis not just a legendary figure or an ancient myth. He is an actual personwho continuously carries out spontaneous activities, including manifestingas treasure revealers, so that there is always a fresh, unimpaired teachingthat people can practice. This also ensures that Padmasambhava's spiritualinfluence and blessings are unceasing.The special quality of these terma teachings is that they provide a methodfor accomplishment that is appropriate for each specific generation, periodof time, and individual person who meets them. The treasure teachingshe gave on the Juniper Ridge of Crystal Pearls contain the essential meaningof hundreds of such instructions."-Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
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