By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche
A fabulous Garland of infrequent gemstones: Biographies of Masters of knowledge within the Dzogchen Lineage is the one finished background of the Nyingtik lineage, which types the center of the physique of teachings often called Dzogchen (Great Perfection) within the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It used to be written through the past due Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), essentially the most amazing and a professional exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a chain of biographical bills, Nyoshul Khenpo presents a wealth of data priceless to non secular practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of valuable Asia. In his creation, Sogyal Rinpoche underscores the significance of this paintings: “‘There might come a time within the future,’ [Nyoshul Khenpo] wrote, ‘when holders of the lineage might profess to transmit the lineage with no having the ability to remember even the names of its masters.’ this is because he thought of this heritage to be ‘as imperative as our eyes or our lifestyles force,’ supplying the entire grounds and thought ever wanted for overall conviction. He in comparison the existence tales of the vidyadhara masters during this lineage to a great chain of gold or a garland of infrequent gemstones. …With large recognition to aspect, 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, displaying the relationship among masters and scholars in an unbroken line of succession. His paintings sticks out as a result of its completeness, for it comprises the entire exact lineages, besides the lives of the scholars of the good masters, tales from the oral culture, and different instructing types. 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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In the future, when these things are explained, you need to know the original history. It is neither exaggerated nor self-promoting. " Nyoshul Khenpo enjoyed a close friendship with the late Chagdud Rinpoche, who was one of the "heart sons" of a direct disciple of Khenpo Ngakchung, Tromge Choktrul Arik Rinpoche, from whom Khenpo also received teachings. One of Chagdud Rinpoche's great achievements was to have inspired the translation into English of Longchenpa's masterworks, The Seven Treasuries, and it is, I feel, both appropriate and auspicious that Khenpo's great history has been translated by the same translator, Richard Barron, Lama Chokyi Nyima, an extremely experienced and conscientious lotsawa.
This is why he insisted on its unique features: its terms, its vocabulary, its spirit and history, and its understandings and meanings in practice. Especially for the lineage holders, he would say, it is vital nowadays that they have as complete an understanding as they can of the Dzogchen teachings and their background. They need to be aware of exactly where these teachings have come from and through whom these teachings have passed. If we fail to understand this kind of historical background, then what we find these days is that there are many people who don't comprehend the roots of these teachings at all.
What other approach can ensure that? In the natural state, effortless and unforced, negative emotions are naturally pure-a vast expanseand so are completely beyond the duality of being flaws to be removed or needing antidotes, beyond the process of causality; this is the pinnacle of everything. Holy people, you who pursue enlightenment to the highest degree, make this your path-this sublime spiritual teaching that is found nowhere else! In the intensely delightful garden of the swift attainment of peace, the groves of the kayas and timeless awareness will burst into bloom.