By Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, The Padmakara Translation Group
The rules of Vajrayana perform are laid out with eloquence and precision right here by way of one of many maximum Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s observation at the initial practices (ngöndro) is expert by way of his profound cognizance and wide-ranging scholarship, and illuminated with an array of quotations from the Vinaya, Sutra, and Tantra traditions. as well as the statement at the outer and internal initial practices, he offers different precious directions at the right view, behavior, and task of a practitioner. Dudjom Rinpoche taught that the conclusion of the lessons of the good Perfection relies fullyyt at the perform of those initial practices, therefore his compassionate exposition of them the following makes this booklet a very necessary source for an individual who seeks to take away the stumbling blocks among themselves and the whole freedom of enlightenment.
Translated through Padmakara Translation team.
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B. Kunzang Tsokye Dorje Chang, referring to Guru Rinpoche in the form of Vajradhara (“Diamond Bearer”) and inseparable from the absolute-body Buddha Samantabhadra (“Universal Good”). c. , the nectar of the teachings. d. Rather than being built of bricks and mortar like an ordinary building, it is made of light. e. Details for visualizing Tsokye Dorje Chang. f. Tib. ’jam dpal rnon po, the supremely intelligent or sharp Mañjushri. PART ONE How to Follow a Spiritual Friend, the Root of the Path The qualifications of masters to be followed The qualifications of the disciples following a master How to follow one’s master CHAPTER ONE The Qualifications of Masters to Be Followed ORDINARY, CHILDLIKE BEINGS ARE INCAPABLE OF PROCEEDING even vaguely in the same direction as the perfect path by the strength of their own minds, so they need first to examine and then to follow a qualified diamond master.
Finally, I would like to thank the Tsadra Foundation for its continued support of the Padmakara Translation Group. —Taklung Tsetrul Pema Wangyal Rinpoche Acknowledgments WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING LAMAS for their help in translating this text. Taklung Tsetrul Pema Wangyal Rinpoche initially went through the whole commentary for the benefit of those practicing in the traditional three-year retreat in Chanteloube, later overseeing the work of translation, answering innumerable questions, and clarifying many difficult points.
Having carefully checked those who have more qualities, Disciples should put their trust in them. a. Tib. phar phyin theg pa: another name for the Vehicle of Characteristics based on the sutra teachings. b. Tib. , the Diamond Vehicle. c. Tib. de nyid bcu. These are listed by Kunga Nyingpo in the quotation below. d. Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092–1158) was the son and successor of Khön Könchok Gyalpo, the founder of the Sakya tradition. e. “The Great Master” (Tib. slob dpon chen po) is a widely used designation for Guru Padmasambhava.