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Great Perfection: The Essence of Pure Spirituality
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Great Perfection: The Essence of Pure Spirituality presents precious texts from three of the greatest masters of Dzogpa Chenpo, the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse. For those who wish to study, contemplate, and recite these sacred verses in English, His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, has translated each of them orally from the original Tibetan texts.
The first, Calling the Lama from Afar: The Excellent Path of Supreme Great Bliss is by Shyalpa Rinpoche’s root Guru, His Holiness Chatralwa Sange Dorje. It is a prayer that sets forth the quintessence of the path of the Great Perfection — heartfelt devotion and genuine respect for one’s root teacher.
The second text, comprising the core of this book, is perhaps the greatest work ever penned on the nature of mind and phenomena from the viewpoint of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Known as The Precious Treasury of Phenomenal Space, it was composed by the omniscient Longchen Rabjam. Many of the greatest masters of past and present have made this “relic of dharmakaya” the heart of their daily practice. Regarding this work, the great Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche wrote:
A fine work like this is a treasury of all the holy Dharma.
Regarding the ultimate topic of all the teachings of Dharma,
The primordial wisdom of dharmakaya revealed in nakedness,
In comparing all other teachings, there would be nothing more.
The third and final text, The Heart Essence of the Great Expanse: The Most Secret Guru Yoga Having the Seal of the Essence by Kunkhyen Jigme Lingpa, is a revealed mind-treasure, a practice of Guru Yoga that unites the mind of the disciple with the enlightened wisdom mind of the perfect Guru.