By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche
A wonderful Garland of infrequent gem stones: Biographies of Masters of understanding within the Dzogchen Lineage is the one entire background of the Nyingtik lineage, which types the center of the physique of teachings referred to as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) within the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It used to be written via the overdue Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), probably the most awesome and a professional exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a chain of biographical debts, Nyoshul Khenpo presents a wealth of data precious to non secular practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of vital Asia. In his advent, Sogyal Rinpoche underscores the significance of this paintings: “‘There may well come a time within the future,’ [Nyoshul Khenpo] wrote, ‘when holders of the lineage could profess to transmit the lineage with no with the ability to bear in mind even the names of its masters.’ it's because he thought of this historical past to be ‘as integral as our eyes or our existence force,’ supplying all of the grounds and concept ever wanted for overall conviction. He in comparison the existence tales of the vidyadhara masters during this lineage to a very good chain of gold or a garland of infrequent gemstones. …With tremendous awareness 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 due to its completeness, for it comprises all the detailed lineages, in addition to the lives of the scholars of the good masters, tales from the oral culture, and the several instructing types. someone who issues is represented right here, 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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You did not even have to be a follower of the dharma to benefit from his wisdom. Somehow he had a truly remarkable understanding of other religions, and tremendous respect for them all. And although he did not speak English fluently, he evidently had a profound understanding of the Western mind, for his answers and examples were always so very incisive and apt. Khenpo had his own insights and predictions about the future of the dharma, many of which I now see coming to pass. He would often speak of Khenpo Ngakchung's dream.
The difference lies in its view that the three kayas-dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya-are identical in essence. This means that the nirmanakaya Shakyamuni and the dharmakaya Samantabhadra are not two separate buddhas but manifestations of a single state of buddhahood. Let us look at one explanation that incorporates them both. Our teacher, the lord Buddha, Shakyamuni, awakened into complete buddhahood many eons ago as the dharmakaya Samantabhadra and taught the 6,400,000 Dzogchen tantras.
We have taken the liberty of inserting chapter divisions that, in conjunction with the diagrams, will help to' clarify the organization of the book. xliii xliv Translator's Preface In· his introduction, "The Precious Lamp," Nyoshul Khenpo points out that today's students can trace their lineages back in a number of ways through their primary teachers to the very origin of all the lineages-the primordial buddha Samantabhadra-without the integrity of any one lineage being compromised. "This history," he tells us, "shows how the individual lineages can be traced back to Samantabhadra in a straightforward way, without any error.