By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche
A fabulous Garland of infrequent gem stones: Biographies of Masters of knowledge within the Dzogchen Lineage is the one finished heritage 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 was once written through the past due Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), some of the most impressive and a professional exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a sequence of biographical money owed, Nyoshul Khenpo offers a wealth of knowledge worthwhile to non secular practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of significant Asia. In his creation, 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 could profess to transmit the lineage with out having the ability to remember even the names of its masters.’ reason why he thought of this background to be ‘as essential as our eyes or our existence force,’ delivering the entire 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 gemstones. …With gigantic awareness 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 stands proud as a result of its completeness, for it comprises all the certain lineages, besides the lives of the scholars of the good masters, tales from the oral culture, and the various educating kinds. an individual 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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Because of all this, I feel my heart breaking in sorrow, And I pray now to all the buddhas, For the beings of this degenerate age, and Especially those like me, who just bear the likeness of practitioners: Longchenpa, father of ours, look on us with all your compassion! This child has no one to rely on now but you. Idling my time away-happy, sufferingWhatever happens to me, I am in your hands. Lord, in the palace of the space of immaculate great bliss, May I remain one with you, always and forever!
In the prime of youth, the mind is immature. When we come of age, we're distracted by busyness. Once old age and infirmity set in, We may think about the real dharma, but then it's far too late: Longchenpa, father of mine, look on me with all your compassion! I wish to stay on here, but it's out of my control; I wish to bring my possessions, but I cannot take a thing; I wish for the comfort of companions, but I have to go alone. Sooner or later I will go on to the next world, that's for sure: Longchenpa, father of mine, look on me with all your compassion!
To be with him gave us a joy unlike any other. As long as Ilive, I shall always be grateful for the hours I spent with him, and I still marvel at his extraordinary power to clarify even the subtlest detail of the Dzogchen teachings, the priceless advice he would give on how to teach, his uncanny gift for communicating the view and the very heart essence of the teachings, and his ability to gather every shade of understanding on any particular topic, so that everything clicked and fell into place.
A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage by Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche