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Precepts of the Dharmakaya; Translation of the Twenty-One Little Nails


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A translation of the root text and its commentary from the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud, advanced instructions on the practice of Bonpo Dzogchen according to the Zhang Zhung tradition of Tibet.

The teachings of Bon are organized into nine ways, or nine vehicles to enlightenment, the ninth and highest of which is known as Dzogchen. Among the four principal traditions of Bonpo Dzogchen, the oral tradition from the country of Zhang Zhung is of unique importance because it never became a terma, or hidden treasure text rediscovered long after its original composition. The precepts of Dzogchen were said to have originated with the primordial Buddha, Kuntu Zangpo, passing down at first through the direct mind to mind transmission and then later through the oral transmission of the 24 masters, all of whom attained the rainbow body of light. In Zhang Zhung in the 7th century, these precepts were communicated by the last in this line of masters to his Tapihritsa, who subsequently attained Buddha enlightenment through the practice of vision, or Thodgal. In the next century, he appeared on a number of occasions at the Darok Lake in Zhang Zhung to the tantric master Gyerpung Nangzher Lodpo, who set down the precepts in writing for the first time in the Zhang Zhung language. In the next century they were translated into Tibetan and thus these precepts have come down to our own day in an unbroken line of transmission.
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Practice of Dzogchen in the Zhang Zhung Tradition of Tibet


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Practice of Dzogchen in the Zhang Zhung Tradition of Tibet
Translations from the Druchen Gyalwa Yungdrung and the Sevenfold Cycle of the Clear Light

This work contains translations from the Bonpo Dzogchen practice manual for the Zhang Zhung Nyangyud, known as the Gyalwa Chaktri of Druchen Yungdrung, and from the Odsal Dunkor, the Sevenfold Cycle of the Clear Light, being the dark retreat practice from the same tradition, translated with commentaries and notes by John Reynolds.

The translations presented here all relate to the actual practice of Dzogchen according to the ancient Bon, pre-Buddhist tradition of Tibet, known as the Zhang Zhung Nyangyud, the Oral Transmission from Zhang Zhung.

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According to the ancient traditions of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, the central teachings of dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," were first expounded in the human world by the great Buddhist master Garab Dorje from the mysterious country of Uddiyana (Eastern Afghanistan). This core Buddhist teaching directly introduces the meditation practitioner to the Nature of Mind, or innate Buddha-nature, which has been there from the very beginning, since before Samsara itself came into manifestation, but which goes unrecognized lifetime after lifetime because it is covered over by adventitious obscurations and negative karma.

The practice of dzogchen purifies and removes these layers of the clouds of obscuration an d karma, so that one's own original nature, intrinsic awareness or Rigpa, shines through like the face of the sun in the sky free of clouds. From Uddiyana, the Dzogchen teachings were brought to India by Manjushrimitra and, in turn, his disciple Shrisimha transmitted them to three students, Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, and Vairochana the Tibetan translator, who brought them to Tibet. Since then these Dzogchen teachings have been preserved and propagated within the traditions of the nyingmapa school of Tibet established by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century of our era.

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Self Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness

 

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Is there a life beyond death? The ultimate fact of death faces every human being. Whatever is born will eventually die. All things are impermanent-- This truth was taught by all the Buddhas. But the death of the physical body is not the end of our conscious existence. Death is only a gateway, a stage in our transformation along the way. The energy of karma propels our consciousness into a new embodiment, a new life, in which we experience the consequences of the deeds committed in our previous lives. These actions in past life times not only determine our future rebirths, but directly effect our health and emotional state in this present life. But the Buddhas have also taught a way to free ourselves from the dead-weight of past karma and transcend the beginning-less cycle of death and rebirth called Samsara.
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Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings
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BONPO DZOGCHEN TEACHINGS
according to Lopon Tenzin Namdak,
edited & introduction by John Myrdhin Reynolds

The two Older Schools of Tibet, the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo, emphasize the Dzogchen point of view in elucidating their understanding of the Higher Tantras. Among the Older Schools, Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, which lies beyond the process of Tantric transformation, is regarded as the quintessential teaching of the Buddha, pointing directly to the Nature of Mind and its intrinsic awareness, known as Rigpa. However, according to Lopon Tenzin Namdak Yongdzin Rinpoche, the leading Dzogchen master among the Bonpo Lamas living today, "It is necessary for us as practitioners to know what Dzogchen is, how to practice it, and the result of this practice." Lopon Rinpoche undertakes this task in a series of nine teachings. Here the Lopon compares the Dzogchen view with the views of Madhyamaka, Chittamatra, Tantra and Mahamudra, clearly indicating the similarities and the differences among them.

 
Oral Tradition From Zhang-Zhung
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A compilation of ancient Dzogchen teachings, transmitted by the master Tapihritsa and beautifully translated along with hagiographies of ancient masters and explanations of the preliminary ngondro practices of the Bon tradition. Invaluable material on the practice of this formerly secret oral tradition concerning the unconditioned state of being.
 
Guru Yoga for Padmasambhava
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"THE PRACTICE OF GURU YOGA FOR PADMASAMBHAVA
In the Nyingmapa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
Parts One and Two "

by Lama Vajranatha Wrathful Deities
Simhanada Series, Vidyadhara Institute
Published by Bodhiszattva Publications, Budapest, Hungary, 2010

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Guru Yoga is one of the most important meditation practices in both Buddhist Tantra and Dzogchen. The Guru, or Lama, may be understood in its three aspects of outer, inner, and secret. The outer aspect of the Guru may be a personal spiritual teacher in one's present life or an important historical figure from the past. The inner aspect of the Guru is one's own individual Yidam, or meditation deity practice, and the Secret Guru is the Nature of one's own Mind, this latter being the Ultimate Guru.

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Sadhana Practice of Wrathful Deities
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"The Sadhana Practice of Wrathful Deities in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra"
by Lama Vajranatha
Bodhiszattva Publisher, Budapest, Hungary, pp. 117.

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This small book is not a dry scholarly, academic treatment of the topic, but an easy to read exposition in understandable non-technical language of the actual practice of Sadhana, or the Tantric process of transformation. The text is taken from the transcripts of the author's various seminars and retreats in different European countries presented over the past ten years, especially those connected with the practice of the Buddhist meditation deity Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurpa) in the Nyingmapa Terma tradition of the New Treasures of Dudjom Rinpoche, and his predecessor in the previous century, Dudjom Lingpa. Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the greatest masters of Tantra and Dzogchen in the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibet in recent times.

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