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Title: Study resources
Post by: TMingyur on December 04, 2009, 12:10:49 am
http://www.zangthal.co.uk/files.html


http://www.lotsawahouse.org/


Garson, Nathaniel - Penetrating the Secret Essence of Tantra - Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga system (http://www.scribd.com/doc/12196409/Garson-Nathaniel-Penetrating-the-Secret-Essence-of-Tantra-Context-and-Philosophy-in-the-Mahayoga-System-of-rNyingMa-Tantra)

Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: humanitas on December 10, 2009, 04:28:16 pm
The Nyingma

In the eighth century, the Indian tantric saint Padmasambhava brought the vast and profound teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni to a small group of disciples in Tibet. The system of methods he imparted aims at the ultimate development of wisdom and compassion. According to this view, the brilliant inherent nature of beings, while obscured by ignorance, neurotic passion and aggression, remains wholly intact. The realization of this fully awakened nature can be achieved in a single lifetime. To encounter these teachings was and is the rarest of fortunes.

The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet, called the Vajrayana or Diamond Vehicle, kept the full strength of its transmission for centuries, partly because of the country's geographical isolation. The line of transmission was most vitally preserved by the great lineage-holders whose lives were given entirely to the continuing embodiment and protection of this knowledge.

From the time of the Buddha until now, the human mind is essentially the same. Buddha Sakyamuni is the teacher of our era and his teachings are relevent today. The Vajrayana transmissions and practices bring clarity, stability and inner luminosity. The realization of Vajrayana meditation does not isolate the practitioner from the world or provide a merely personal salvation. Rather, it engenders a unity of skill and awareness that gives an open and unshakeable vision of the interconnectedness of life.

Paradoxically, it was through one of history's tragedies that Tibet was to offer its inexhaustible knowledge of being to the rest of the world. With the Chinese occupation and annexation of Tibet in 1959, many of Buddhism's most important teachers fled, as did many thousands of lay people. These teachers brought with them great spiritual realization, sacred scriptures, relics and empowered works of art. At first they went to northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. In the years that followed they began to receive those of us from the West who were looking for a path of spiritual insight, a way to live with dignity, courage, humor and compassion in an increasingly dangerous world of chaos.

Among the great individuals to emerge from Tibet was His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. His Holiness is the spiritual embodiment of the Nyingma lineage, the original Vajrayana transmission in Tibet. In one of his previous incarnations, Rinpoche was a direct disciple of Buddha Sakyamuni; in another, one of Padmasambhava's chief disciples Cheuchung Lotsawa. Widely recognized as a master of masters, His Holiness was a scholar and prolific author of more than forty volumes elucidating the teachings and tantric practices of the Nyingma lineage. He is also a master of medicine and the traditional sciences. Revered throughout the world for his spiritual eminence, profound meditative realization and vast wisdom, Dudjom Rinpoche is one of Tibet's greatest living yogis. He brings this eminence to the establishment of the Nyingma school in America.

The Dudjom Tersar

The Terma Tradition is a well known feature of the Nyingma School. It is the skillful means whereby, Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, a great and powerful meditaiton master, through his yogic powers, concealed teachings destined for future generations in the elements of earth, water, fire, air as well as in the expanse of awareness in the minds of his disciples. At the appropriate moment those disciples appear in the world as Tertons, or revealors of these teachings which are known as Terma, or Treasures of Dharma. These teachings were to be discovered at certain time periods, when the beings were in need of a particular teaching to remove obstacles, sickness and various other catastrophies. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche was one of these treasure discoverers and he revealed many teachings that would benefit beings at the time of war, famine and world disharmony that we are facing at the present moment. So the Dudjom Tersar is fresh, vivid, and direct with no loss of meaning, words or blessing. These teachings from Guru Rinpoche to Dudjom Rinpoche to us is a direct short lineage. Therefore this lineage is uncontaminated and knows no degeneration by broken samayas. The blessing and attainments are immediate.

During his life, Dudjom Rinpoche not only devoted much of his time to the propagation and preservation of the Termas of his predecessor Dudjom Lingpa, but he also revealed many treasures of his own. Some of these cycles include the Khandro Thugtik, Tsokye Thugtik, Putri Repung, and others.

http://www.tersar.org/OCD.html (http://www.tersar.org/OCD.html)
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Pema Rigdzin on December 10, 2009, 05:18:54 pm
Garson, Nathaniel - Penetrating the Secret Essence of Tantra - Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga system ([url]http://www.scribd.com/doc/12196409/Garson-Nathaniel-Penetrating-the-Secret-Essence-of-Tantra-Context-and-Philosophy-in-the-Mahayoga-System-of-rNyingMa-Tantra[/url])


It should be noted that according to the system of secret mantra, and in particular the tradition of this text - the Secret Essence, or Guhyagarbha, tantra - before studying this text (or any tantric text), minimum prerequisites are having received at least one inner tantric empowerment and the reading transmission of this tantra. Those constitute permission to read and study it. When I received the Guyhagarbha empowerment and the reading transmission, or rLung, for one of its commentaries, the Key to the Treasury (which the above link references), the lama said that we could study any of the other commentaries on the Guhyagarbha tantra, but he requested that if we choose to, we do so with the condition of first firmly aspiring to receiving its rLung as soon as possible. So even having received the Guhyagarbha empowerment and the lung for Key to the Treasury, he stressed the importance of receiving the lung for each additional Guhyagarbha commentary we choose to study.

Also, optimally, one should study this text with a master of it, as it has many cryptic points and requires someone who thoroughly understands it according to its own tradition in order to really benefit from it.
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on December 30, 2009, 09:13:27 pm
A pdf of
Garson, Nathaniel - Penetrating the Secret Essence of Tantra - Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga system ([url]http://www.scribd.com/doc/12196409/Garson-Nathaniel-Penetrating-the-Secret-Essence-of-Tantra-Context-and-Philosophy-in-the-Mahayoga-System-of-rNyingMa-Tantra[/url])


It should be noted that according to the system of secret mantra, and in particular the tradition of this text - the Secret Essence, or Guhyagarbha, tantra - before studying this text (or any tantric text), minimum prerequisites are having received at least one inner tantric empowerment and the reading transmission of this tantra. Those constitute permission to read and study it. When I received the Guyhagarbha empowerment and the reading transmission, or rLung, for one of its commentaries, the Key to the Treasury (which the above link references), the lama said that we could study any of the other commentaries on the Guhyagarbha tantra, but he requested that if we choose to, we do so with the condition of first firmly aspiring to receiving its rLung as soon as possible. So even having received the Guhyagarbha empowerment and the lung for Key to the Treasury, he stressed the importance of receiving the lung for each additional Guhyagarbha commentary we choose to study.

Also, optimally, one should study this text with a master of it, as it has many cryptic points and requires someone who thoroughly understands it according to its own tradition in order to really benefit from it.


A pdf of that and many other texts can be found at www.vajrayana.faithweb.com
Many of the texts there have the same caveat Pema mentioned.
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on December 30, 2009, 10:02:51 pm
Also I would point  out in response to my previous post that many of the articles at vajrayana.faithweb.com are from the point of view of western scholars which can misinterpret and do injustice to tantra.

Also as far as understanding tantras w/o needing empowerment and transmission this article by Alexander Berzin, I found to be very helpful.
http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/x/pdf/?type=pdf&book=true&path=/web/x/prn/p.html_1461231874.html&__locale=en
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: humanitas on December 31, 2009, 01:04:04 am
vajrayana site

The page says,

Warning: Traditionally, some of these materials would only be available for viewing after the requisite empowerment or permission by a qualified teacher of the lineage. Many teachers regard reading such material without empowerment or permission as potentially harmful.

That right there made me close the page.  For now I got enough on my plate.  Don't need to get more confused.  :anjali:
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on December 31, 2009, 01:07:34 am
 :-bd
some of the texts don't though.
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: TMingyur on December 31, 2009, 05:18:10 am
Garson, Nathaniel - Penetrating the Secret Essence of Tantra - Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga system ([url]http://www.scribd.com/doc/12196409/Garson-Nathaniel-Penetrating-the-Secret-Essence-of-Tantra-Context-and-Philosophy-in-the-Mahayoga-System-of-rNyingMa-Tantra[/url])


It should be noted that according to the system of secret mantra, and in particular the tradition of this text - the Secret Essence, or Guhyagarbha, tantra - before studying this text (or any tantric text), minimum prerequisites are having received at least one inner tantric empowerment and the reading transmission of this tantra. Those constitute permission to read and study it. When I received the Guyhagarbha empowerment and the reading transmission, or rLung, for one of its commentaries, the Key to the Treasury (which the above link references), the lama said that we could study any of the other commentaries on the Guhyagarbha tantra, but he requested that if we choose to, we do so with the condition of first firmly aspiring to receiving its rLung as soon as possible. So even having received the Guhyagarbha empowerment and the lung for Key to the Treasury, he stressed the importance of receiving the lung for each additional Guhyagarbha commentary we choose to study.

Also, optimally, one should study this text with a master of it, as it has many cryptic points and requires someone who thoroughly understands it according to its own tradition in order to really benefit from it.


If you find that this link breaks any laws or rules then please feel free to have it deleted. Personally I don't care. I just wanted to provide some "food" in the beginning of this forum.

Kind regards
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Pema Rigdzin on December 31, 2009, 02:24:37 pm
Garson, Nathaniel - Penetrating the Secret Essence of Tantra - Context and Philosophy in the Mahayoga system ([url]http://www.scribd.com/doc/12196409/Garson-Nathaniel-Penetrating-the-Secret-Essence-of-Tantra-Context-and-Philosophy-in-the-Mahayoga-System-of-rNyingMa-Tantra[/url])


It should be noted that according to the system of secret mantra, and in particular the tradition of this text - the Secret Essence, or Guhyagarbha, tantra - before studying this text (or any tantric text), minimum prerequisites are having received at least one inner tantric empowerment and the reading transmission of this tantra. Those constitute permission to read and study it. When I received the Guyhagarbha empowerment and the reading transmission, or rLung, for one of its commentaries, the Key to the Treasury (which the above link references), the lama said that we could study any of the other commentaries on the Guhyagarbha tantra, but he requested that if we choose to, we do so with the condition of first firmly aspiring to receiving its rLung as soon as possible. So even having received the Guhyagarbha empowerment and the lung for Key to the Treasury, he stressed the importance of receiving the lung for each additional Guhyagarbha commentary we choose to study.

Also, optimally, one should study this text with a master of it, as it has many cryptic points and requires someone who thoroughly understands it according to its own tradition in order to really benefit from it.


If you find that this link breaks any laws or rules then please feel free to have it deleted. Personally I don't care. I just wanted to provide some "food" in the beginning of this forum.

Kind regards

I just made a disclaimer based upon what the text says about itself and its class of literature. People can do what they want, but it should just be clear what this text says are the necessary preparations for studying - and comprehending - it are. Also, I'd have to agree with Chokyi Wangpo about the weird interpretive presentation of this material generally given by Western scholars, though I only skimmed this scholar's work and can't remember my impression. As always, buyer beware.
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: swampflower on January 13, 2010, 06:13:48 pm
Sincere thanks for this post.
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on March 27, 2010, 12:31:39 pm
Here's a very very thorough explanation of the Guru Rinpoche mantra.

Clickety click (http://www.quietmountain.org/links/teachings/7_Line_Prayer_To_Guru_Rinpoche/7lnpryr.htm)

 :namaste:
Title: Re: Study resources
Post by: tenzintharpa on October 28, 2016, 10:01:33 am
For anyone looking for free Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism study material, please visit my website and check out my download library at: http://Tibet2009.com (http://Tibet2009.com) All texts are original, open source, and free to download, copy and share.
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