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Enlightened Journey, Buddhist Practice as Daily Life
By: Thondup Tulku
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This collection of fifteen articles and talks by Tulku Thondup-never before published in book form- constitutes a manual on how to transmute the situations encountered in daily life, whether external or internal, into spiritual disciplines and experiences.
Four-themed Precious Garland: An Introduction to Dzogchen
By: Longchen Rabjampa
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To realise the beginningless purity and perfection of all reality as an indivisible unity of Voidness and appearance is to realise Dzog-ch'en, the Great Completeness. The lineage of this Mahayana system of meditation traces from Shakyamuni Buddha and was taken from India to Tibet by such masters as Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra.
Kindly Bent to Ease Us
Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Part 1-Mind
By: Longchenpa / Guenther
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There is depth, breadth, and magic in Nyingma thought and its beauty grows the more one studies it. Longchenpa, one of Tibet's greatest masters, exemplifies and transmits the transforming power of these ancient teachings. His writings shine with a light that radiates compassion and meaning.
Born in the 14th century, Longchenpa studied with the foremost teachers of his day. He soon earned the title kun-mkhyen, or all-knowing, and the passage of time has upheld the value of his contributions. His works, which number over two hundred, order into a comprehensive system the range of philosophical thought and psychological applications of the Dzog chen school, the pinnacle of Vajrayana Buddhism.
In Kindly Bent to Ease Us Longchenpa offers a guide to enlightenment that begins with traditional reflections on the preciousness of a human existence, finite in time but unlimited in opportunities. Since understanding mind and its workings is essential for a deeper inquiry into meaning and being, the first part of "The Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease" emphasizes insight into the nature of mind. The translator, Dr. H. V. Guenther, introduces each chapter with explications based on Longchenpa's own commentaries.
Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Part 2-Meditation
Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Part 2-Meditation
By: Longchenpa
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Meditation, the second volume of Longchenpa's Trilogy introduces a central practice of Dzochen, the Teachings of the Great Perfection.  The form of meditation presented here is considered the pinnacle of all Buddhist meditative traditions. Its purpose is to liberate us from mind's restrictive operations, and reveal th unparalleled radiance of awareness.  The experience of this meditation is like the sun emerging from the clouds; it fills the mind with light and transforms the practitioner's understanding.
Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Part 3
Kindly Bent to Ease Us: Part 3- Wonderment
By: Longchenpa / Guenther
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This third volume of the Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease deals with "the paradox of there being nothing and yet there is a presence." In this poetic work, permeated by the warmth and imagery of direct experience, the 14th-century Nyingma master Longchenpa presents the meaning and scope of Being. Describing our usual human experience as a narrow, dilute form of Being, he encourages us to open our perspective and live in the light of a far more expanded vision.
Interweaving the teachings of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra, Longchenpa explicates the meaning of each of the eight aspects of Being stated by the great philosopher Nagarjuna. He gently eases us into a broader view, revealing our world and experience as an interdependent whole, fluid and alive with meaning. Through this wider perspective we can taste the joy and unparalleled freedom of Being.
Life of Longchenpa The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
Life of Longchenpa The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
By: Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
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Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa's autobiography and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths, The Life of Longchenpa weaves an inspiring and captivating tale of wonder and magic, of extraordinary visions and spiritual insight, set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and Bhutan. It also reveals for the first time fascinating details of his ten years of self-exile in Bhutan, stories that were unknown to his Tibetan biographers. The first complete English-language life story of Longchenpa (1308-1364), one of the greatest masters in the history of Tibetan Buddhism
Longchenpas Advice from the Heart
Longchenpa's Advice from the Heart
By Longchenpa & Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
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Longchenpa's Thirty Words of Advice are like nuggets of gold offered to us in his open hand. Their inspiration can turn our mind to a sincere and uncorrupted spiritual practice. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, with his clear introduction to the principles and practice of Dzogchen, sets in context the thirty words of advice and then proceeds to explain each one as the basis of Longchenpas spiritual experience, in a way that is relevant to us as individuals in our time.
Maya Yoga: Longchenpa's Finding Comfort and Ease in Enchantment
Maya Yoga: Longchenpa's Finding Comfort and Ease in Enchantment
By: Keith Dowman
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Maya Yoga is the title of Keith Dowman's translation of "finding Comfort and Ease in Enchantment" written by the inimitable Longchen Rabjampa. In the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism, this text is considered second to none in its power to evoke the nature of the nondual reality of the Dzogchen view. With poetic mastery, Longchenpa provides the precepts that can instantly illuminate the buddha-reality that is our ordinary everyday experience. He asserts that we are presently under the spell of magical illusion and that by recognizing it we are instantaneously released from a conceptual cage into enchanting reality which is pure pleasure itself. That reality is maya, apparent yet absent, and the recognition of it in that state of natural relaxation is maya yoga. In this renowned atiyoga manual, we find the key to the natural mystical state that Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, constantly evokes.
Now That I Come to Die: Intimate Guidance from One of Tibet's Greatest Masters
By Longchenpa
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The first work in this collection, “Now that I Come to Die,” contains Longchenpa’s heartfelt advice to his closest disciples on how to make the teachings a path of transformation. The two other works focus on the powerful practices of the Four Immeasurables: Love, Joy, Compassion, and Equanimity. The commentary, never before published in book form, shows how systematic practice of these “catalysts of being” can upend the usual routines of our daily existence and lead us beyond the limits we have learned to take for granted. Worldliness is done witthis life's show is over!
This new volume also includes the master's own commentary on chapter 7 of Kindly Bent to Ease Us Volume 1, which presents The Four Immeasurable Qualities of Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy, the inner resources for strength, serenity, and well-being.
Practice of Dzogchen
Practice of Dzogchen
By: Longchen Rabjam / Tulku Thondup
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The Practice of Dzogchen" is an anthology of writings on Dzogpa Chenpo (Dzogchen) by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), the most celebrated writer and adept of the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogpa Chenpo is the innermost esoteric philosophy and meditation training, which until recent decades waas only whispered into the ears of heart-disciples by the learned masters. Dzogpa Chenpo employs a meditative technique which effortlessly uncovers the emotional and intellectual layers of the mind and instantly awakens its essential nature, which is Buddha Mind or Buddhahood itself.


Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems
Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems
By: Longchen Rabjam
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The Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems discusses the philosophical tenets of the entire spectrum of Buddhist teachings - Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Dzogchen - providing an invaluable perspective on the multifaceted nature of the Buddhist tradition in both India and Tibet. On the basis of his extensive research and nonsectarian viewpoint, Longchenpa analyzes Tibetan Buddhism according to Sarma and Nyingma interpretations, concluding with the innermost teachings of the Dzogchen approach.
This is the fourth volume in our ongoing project to translate Longchenpa's Seven Treasuries and includes an introduction by the Ven. Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and a foreword by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
Precious Treasury of the Basic Space
Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena
By: Longchen Rabjam
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Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena
Source or root verses which provide a a poetic summary of the subject matter dealt with at length in the Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission: A Commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena also part of the Seven Treasure Series. Treats the great perfection approach of trekcho (cutting through solidity), which brings spiritual practitioners of the highest acumen to freedom effortlessly.
Precious Treasury of the Pith Instructions
Precious Treasury of the Pith Instructions
By: Longchen Rabjam
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This work is the shortest of the renowned Seven Treasuries set of texts by Longchenpa and is the only one composed entirely in verse.

Writing as a spiritual mentor giving advice to his students, Longchenpa distills the principles underlying the entire range of Buddhist practice in 400 stanzas, each consisting of six instructions or pieces of advice. Although the later stanzas place greater emphasis on the Dzogchen approach, introductory teachings and advice are interspersed throughout the book with profound instructions on the nature of being itself and the ultimate level of truth. Longchenpa's uncompromising tone reflects his commitment to the highest realization and to the welfare of those inspired by his message.
Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding
By: Longchen Rabjam
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Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding
Longchen Rabjam is revered as one of the greatest masters in the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism. He wrote more than 250 treatises on a wide variety of topics, but is best known for his works on Dzogchen, especially the extensive scholastic exegesis of the Dzogchen tantras known as The Seven Treasuries. This collection discusses the primordial nature that is the ground of all experience, the view, meditation, and conduct of the spiritual path, and the final freedom that is the fruition of that path.
Spaciousness: The Radical Dzogchen of the Vajra Heart, Longchenpa's Precious Treasury of the Dharmadhatu<br> By: Keith Dowman
Spaciousness: The Radical Dzogchen of the Vajra Heart, Longchenpa's Precious Treasury of the Dharmadhatu
By: Keith Dowman
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This famous seminal text of radical Dzogchen provides a profound yet simple poetic statement of how it is to immerse oneself in the matrix of the now and recognize buddha. It is the personal statement of a peerless yogin-adept. Certainly the magic of his poetry impresses us that way and surely this Treasury of the Dharmadhatu, the Choyingdzo, reveals the consummation of Dzogchen.In it we are assured that over and above all the yogas and dhyanas of Hindustan, all the ritual and magic of Tibet and all the quasi-religious new-age therapies of the West there exists a simple,timeless manner of being, easy of access, requiring no onerous technique or renunciate lifestyle, that can give us some constant satisfaction in this vale of laughter and tears between birth and dying.(From the Introduction by Keith Dowman)
Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission
Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission
By: Longchen Rabjam
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A Commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena
This is a commentary on the root text or source verses of the Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena, part of the Seven Treasure Series. Offers explanations of the root verses on the great perfection approach of trekcho (cutting through solidity), which brings spiritual practitioners of the highest acumen to freedom effortlessly. Longchen Rabjam summarizes the definitive topics of t his approach from the perspectives of the basic space of phenomena -- naturally occurring timeless awareness, awakened mind.
You Are the Eyes of the World
You Are the Eyes of the World
By: Longchenpa
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Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness.
Often we form attachment to, or feel enslaved by, these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of out experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality - the light of the natural mind within everyone.
You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn ordinary life off, it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences; it shows how to live within the source of all life, the unified field where experience takes place.