By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche
A fabulous Garland of infrequent gem stones: Biographies of Masters of wisdom within the Dzogchen Lineage is the single accomplished heritage of the Nyingtik lineage, which kinds the middle of the physique of teachings often called Dzogchen (Great Perfection) within the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It was once written by means of the overdue Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), essentially the most extraordinary and an expert exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a sequence of biographical money owed, Nyoshul Khenpo offers a wealth of knowledge useful to non secular practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of relevant Asia. In his advent, Sogyal Rinpoche underscores the significance of this paintings: “‘There may perhaps come a time within the future,’ [Nyoshul Khenpo] wrote, ‘when holders of the lineage might profess to transmit the lineage with no having the ability to bear in mind even the names of its masters.’ for the reason that he thought of this historical past to be ‘as imperative as our eyes or our lifestyles force,’ supplying the entire grounds and concept ever wanted for overall conviction. He in comparison the lifestyles tales of the vidyadhara masters during this lineage to a very good chain of gold or a garland of infrequent gemstones. …With enormous realization to element, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ‘ultimate lineage of direct transmission,’ the center of all of the strains of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial buddha to the current day, exhibiting the relationship among masters and scholars in an unbroken line of succession. His paintings stands proud as a result of its completeness, for it contains all the unique lineages, in addition to the lives of the scholars of the good masters, tales from the oral culture, and the several educating kinds. an individual who issues is represented the following, each hyperlink within the chain, together with masters of our time. …It is a milestone, and that i don't feel that it'll ever be equaled.”
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From that clay vase, another string is attached that goes to yet another vase, and so on, until we have five, six, seven, eight vases down the line. At a certain point, the person who holds the last one in the succession may have no idea where the original golden vase is. " In order to avoid such a predicament, we need to understand every'thing that has gone before. But if you ask people today, "Tell me, is this a tantra? Is it an explanatory commentary, an agama? " they simply do not know what to say.
Whether we think of the dimensions of form, speech, or the enlightened wisdom mind, none of them have disappeared; they are all still present. So we can truly have conviction in the authenticity of this lineage. Introduction xxxi In particular, Khenpo underlined the importance of studying the complete teaching of Dzogpachenpo, along with its history and its classifications, since he saw with tremendous clarity the danger of merely partial or piecemeal knowledge. This is why he insisted on its unique features: its terms, its vocabulary, its spirit and history, and its understandings and meanings in practice.
The Precious Lamp 5 We are about to die and have no time to finish all the things we have to do in this life. One follows after another, like ripples on water. To ensure that when you die you feel supported or content, from today on, practice to gain the enlightenment that brings liberation. We haven't a clue where we are going or what will happen. Who has any confidence about who is an ally, about where happiness lies; about how to be fearless? So now, while you have some free will, it is fitting that you strive for something of lasting value, the state of liberation.