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The View and Practice of Quintessence Dzogchen, Three Rare Texts on Nyingthig Dzogchen from Dza Patrul’s Collected Works

Texts by Dza Patrul, translations and book by Tony Duff

TitleThe View and Practice of Quintessence Dzogchen
Sub-TitleThree Rare Texts on Nyingthig Dzogchen from Dza Patrul’s Collected Works
AuthorTexts by Dza Patrul, translation, introduction, and book by Tony Duff
Details220 pages, 6" X 9", US$25, available on paper and in PDF e-book format
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-572-64-4, e-book 978-9937-572-65-1
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

PKTC has translated and published many of the works on Dzogchen written by Dza Patrul, one of the very important early holders of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage. This book came to life with the intention to present all remaining, unpublished works on Dzogchen by Dza Patrul.  We found that there were three texts to be included.  Each has its own, distinct approach, so there is no overlap of material at all.

All the texts are interesting, but the record of Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu’s appearance immediately following his death to the fourth Dzogchen Rinpoche, Mingyur Namkha’i Dorje, and the teaching given by Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu to him on innermost unsurpassed Great Completion was an unexpected treasure.  This teaching falls in the class of “after-passing” teachings given by really great masters of the early Great Completion lineage in ancient India, so it really is very special. The text starts with a record that was written by the fourth Dzogchen Rinpoche upon waking from the transmission.  It is followed by a word-by-word commentary composed by Dza Patrul on the basis of the instructions that he received on it.  The text is even more interesting for the fact that we get a sense of the person of Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu, one of the most important Longchen Nyingthig lineage holders but one whose actual works and teachings are not all that well known; in fact, we think this is the first teaching of Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu to be published in English.

There are so many wonderful points to the collection of texts in this book and they present such an important piece of early Longchen Nyingthig history that an especially long introduction explaining the lineage, the specific people involved, the meaning of the texts, and so on has been added to help the reader gain the full import of this book.

The book contains a translation of the following texts:
From the Supreme Vehicle Ati: Foremost Instructions Clearly Showing Actuality by Dza Patrul
“Lamp for a Dim Room” The Meanings of the Key Points of Secret, Quintessence Great Completion’s Tantras Protected with Thorough Distinctions by Dza Patrul
“Luminosity’s Appearance Aspect”, The Ultimate Key Points in the Practice of Great Completion: Root Text and Commentary by Dza Patrul

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