NEW – Innermost Profound Dzogchen Treasures (Revised Edition)



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Note: This includes the revised Second Edition translation of the Perfection of All the Primordial Wisdoms of the Completion Stage.

This is a collection of the Three Root Treasure Texts on Dzogchen from the Innermost Profound Realization of the Sublime Dharma. The treasure cycle is commonly known as the Yangzab treasure cycle. It contains instructions that were taught and hidden as treasure by Padmasambhava. These instructions were then revealed in their current form by Rinchen Phüntshog in the 16th century. The titles of the three translations in this collection are:

  1. Completion Stage of the Three Roots: Taking the Five Poisons onto the Path
  2. Perfection of All the Primordial Wisdoms of the Completion Stage 
  3. Pointing Out Illuminating Awareness: Buddha Held in Your Hands Tantra of Three Lines.

These three texts make up the central root instructions in this cycle for guidance on the Dzogchen practices of cutting through (tregchö) and direct crossing (tögal), as well as the Dzogchen preliminaries of separating samsara and nirvana (khorde rushen). They are all included with the original Tibetan to facilitate study and transmission.

1. The Completion Stage of the Three Roots: Taking the Five Poisons onto the Path is the root text in the Yangzab treasure cycle that introduces the practice of cutting through by means of recognizing the essence of the five poisonous afflictive emotions as the five primordial wisdoms. When we are free from concepts the ultimate nature of our mind naturally arises as the pure five primordial wisdoms of the five enlightened family deities of the three roots.

2. The Perfection of All the Primordial Wisdoms of the Completion Stage lays at the heart of the entire Yangzab cycle. It presents the entire path of dzogchen from the dzogchen preliminaries of separating samsara and nirvana (khorde rushen) all the way through the advanced practices to realize the four stages of the visions of direct crossing (tögal).

On how to utilize the instructions of the Perfection of All the Primordial Wisdoms of the Completion StageRigdzin Chökyi Dragpa taught:

“The practice of cutting through (khregs chod) is the foundation stone of practice. The practice of direct crossing (thod rgal) is used to enhance that. These days people carelessly teach “according to mahamudra, the mind is empty and free from arising, abiding, and ceasing. Whatever arises, just sustain that.” Having done that, they do not practice the direct crossing teachings of the great perfection of luminosity as they truly should be done. Therefore, it is extremely important to first have a real taste of the practice of cutting through.”

“Through that, by not meditating, Buddhahood is reached, becoming a yogi that takes the ground of primordial purity onto the path. Then, at this point, by meditating upon the spontaneous presence of the ground, Buddhahood is reached, through the instructions on actualizing the direct crossing into the vajra essence of the luminosity of the innate great perfection. As for these teachings, there are the postures of the three kayas that are the key points of the body. There is the key point of speech, which is to leave it behind. There is the key point of mind, which is to focus in a state that does not waver from cutting through, while dwelling in solitude. Without wavering from those three key points, one concentrates on the key point of the gateway, object, and breath.”

“Practicing in that way, there is the vision of seeing reality directly, vision of the increase of experiences, vision of the culmination of awareness, and vision of the consummation of reality. By practicing the great luminosity and emptiness of the four visions, there will be the culmination of the visionary signs according to the root text. After the main instructions found on these yellow scrolls, there were the generally taught signs of the bardo. However, for the practice of the future generations of fortunate followers of the treasure revealing awareness holders, these were not transcribed. This is because (the treasure revealer Rinchen Phüntsog) understood the marvelous interdependence of how diligent practitioners would be able to accomplish the vajra kaya of the great rainbow body of light without remainder. So practitioners, what can you do, but drag your corpse off your beds and practice?”

3. The instructions contained in Pointing Out Illuminating Awareness: Buddha Held in Your Hands Tantra of Three Lines were originally transmitted by Shri Simha to Padmasambhava in India. These instructions were hidden by Padmasambhava and revealed by two different treasure discoverers, Padma Lingpa (1450-1521) and Rinchen Phüntshog (1509-1557). While not unheard of, treasure teachings that were discovered by two different treasure discoverers are rather unique. Both versions are very similar at times, and yet contain a few key differences in the presentation of these teachings. Rinchen Phüntshog’s version is the basis of this translation, but notes are included on the additional details contained in Padma Lingpa’s rendition.

The text begins with the tantra of three lines, a general commentary on such material, supporting quotes from a vast variety of Buddhist scriptures and tantras, and then the text presents a wide spectrum of methods and meditations that with the guidance of a qualified teacher we can utilize to see how Buddhahood is hidden in our body, the vision of reality that we outwardly see, our senses, and the underlying infinite potential of the energy of awareness that transcends life and death. These pointing out instructions use a wide variety of techniques and supportive materials including: crystals, mirrors, sunlight, reflections in water, rivers, blowing dust, gazing at vajra-chains, pictures of peacock feathers, meditating on the sounds of reality, contemplations of five-colored luminosity hidden in our heart centers, sound, light, rays, and the arising of the appearances of the varieties of the peaceful and wrathful Buddhas. Such pointing out instructions are key supports to realizing the Buddha within us and are designed to enhance our understanding of the Dzogchen Nyingthig practices of Trechö (Cutting Through) and Tögal (Direct Crossing).

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