By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche
A wonderful Garland of infrequent gem stones: Biographies of Masters of knowledge within the Dzogchen Lineage is the single complete heritage of the Nyingtik lineage, which types the middle of the physique of teachings referred to as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) within the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It used to be written through the overdue Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), the most amazing and a professional exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a chain of biographical debts, Nyoshul Khenpo offers a wealth of data necessary to religious practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of critical Asia. In his creation, 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 might profess to transmit the lineage with out having the ability to bear in mind even the names of its masters.’ this is because he thought of this historical past to be ‘as imperative as our eyes or our lifestyles force,’ delivering all of the grounds and notion ever wanted for overall conviction. He in comparison the existence tales of the vidyadhara masters during this lineage to an exceptional chain of gold or a garland of infrequent gem stones. …With vast consciousness to element, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ‘ultimate lineage of direct transmission,’ the center of all of the traces 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 sticks out due to its completeness, for it comprises the entire specific lineages, besides the lives of the scholars of the good masters, tales from the oral culture, and the several educating 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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Since the first appearance of these teachings, millennia ago, what kind of practice has been done, what kind of transmission has taken place-where has Dzogchen "been" in all that time between its beginnings and the writing of Yeshe Lama? But if you ask people nowadays, many of them will say, "Well, I don't know. Other than Yeshe Lama, I don't know anything. That's all I know. " Things have reached such a pass. It is almost as if we were children who had lost their mother. Or, to take another example, imagine we have an exquisite vase made of gold, encrusted with gems, and to the handle of this vase we attach a string; that goes to another vase, one made of clay.
Toward the end of his life, Khenpo would ask his close attendants to chant a prayer to Longchenpa that Khenpo Ngakchung had adapted for his own personal practice, a song of yearning that invokes his blessing, as if calling out to him from afar: Beloved master, precious one, father of mine, You are forever one with all the buddhas. Now show your kindness and love to your devoted child, You who took birth intentionally In the form of a supreme bodhisattvaLord of all victorious buddhas, Longchenpa, Father of mine-your blessings are not lacking in power, Yet my mind is gripped by tempestuous, disturbing emotions, And as our negative actions and karma grow ever stronger, xl Introduction All that awaits the sentient beings of this degenerate age Is to fall into the depths of the lower realms: Longchenpa, father of mine, look on me with all your compassion!
Yet you lived as a hidden yogi, practicing in forest retreats, Introduction xxxiii And perfected both samsara and nirvana as dharmakaya. Immaculate Radiance, Drime Ozer, at your feet I pray: Fill me with your blessing, so that I may realize the natural state, the essence of my mind! In one of his teachings, Khenpo summed up the unique place that Longchenpa holds at the heart of the Dzogchen lineage and gave a key to his extraordinary writings, placing them within the context of the entire Nyingma tradition.