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 means of one of many maximum Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s observation at the initial practices (ngöndro) is educated by way of his profound consciousness 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 presents different helpful directions at the right view, behavior, and job of a practitioner. Dudjom Rinpoche taught that the conclusion of the lessons of the nice Perfection relies completely at the perform of those initial practices, hence his compassionate exposition of them the following makes this publication a very necessary source for an individual who seeks to take away the hindrances among themselves and the whole freedom of enlightenment.
Translated by means of Padmakara Translation workforce.
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The teachings of the sutras and tantras have come down to them and their commitments are pure. Take such learned and accomplished glorious protectors on the crown of your head. As a result of pleasing the spiritual friends who are their teachers, they hold the lineage of accomplished beings. From probing their teacher’s treasurelike mind, they possess the instructions of the aural lineage. i Through constant diligence in the practice, they have attained the different kinds of accomplishment. Because the blessings of former great beings have entered them, they have the ability to change others’ perceptions, and through their knowledge of various skillful means they lead beings to liberation.
I am most grateful, too, to Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s daughter, Semo Tsering-la, for her repeated encouragements; and to Soktse Rinpoche, and Yola Jurzykowski of the MACH Foundation, for their generous support. I would also like to thank Dungse Shenphen Rinpoche and all of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s children and lineage holders for continuing his peerless lineage. 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.
Although they are full of clever talk that sounds like Dharma, in fact they have confused the words and the meanings, without any beneficial effect on their own minds, and they are thus known as frauds. Even if they attract a large following of disciples—with little merit—like flies round a dunghill, they will lead those who seek liberation and have faith in them to the lower realms. For this reason, you must keep well away from such teachers. If the blind were to try leading the blind, both would inevitably end up falling over a cliff.