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The Great Completion Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam Volume 1
The Great Completion Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam Volume 2
The Great Completion Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam Volumes 3 to 6
Dza Patrul’s Collected Works: The View and Practice of Maha Ati
From Longchen Nyingthig: The Prayer of Ground, Path, and Fruition

TitleThe Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam
Sub-TitleVolume 1 of the series, the Catalogue and Overview Texts
AuthorTony Duff, Tamash Agocs
Details270 pages, 1 colour plate, 6" X 9" (large format)
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-572-??-?, e-book 978-9937-572-??-?
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

Longchen Rabjam was one of the greatest and most prolific authors of Tibet.  As well as hundreds of individual texts he wrote several major anthologies.  Amongst the anthologies are three trilogies.  One of the trilogies, called “The Resting Up Trilogy” is commonly used by followers of Great Completion (Dzogchen) practice as the basis for setting out on the path of Great Completion.

It is my hope to translate the entire trilogy.  It is an important task because this really is the basis for Great Completion practice.  Unfortunately, because it has not been translated, those following Great Completion are missing a whole series of texts that are most important for them.  So far we have produced two volumes of the texts in this major anthology.  All of the texts in these two volumes are essential to understanding the main texts of the anthology, but have not been available in English until now.

This first volume contains the catalogue for the trilogy and the overview for the trilogy.  The catalogue is not merely a list of the texts comprising the trilogy but shows the reason for each item in the trilogy.  The overview for the trilogy is a book in its own right, which has wonderful stories from the time of the Buddha and which altogether sets the stage for the actual content of the trilogy.

The special feature of the thirteenth chapter of the Guhyagarbha Tantra is that it very clearly explains how the ultimate view of great completion applies to the creation stage of a deity.  Padmasambhava’s teaching explains this at length.  The book is truly an amazing collection of material that is regarded as crucial for Nyingma practitioners but cannot be found elsewhere in English.

The book contains a translation of the following texts:
“A Thousand Petalled Lotus”, the catalogue text for the Resting Up Trilogy
“An Ocean of Elegant Explanations” the overview text for the Resting Up Trilogy

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TitleThe Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam
Sub-TitleVolume 2 of the series, the Guidebook for Mindness Resting Up
AuthorTony Duff, Tamash Agocs
Details250 pages, 1 colour plate, 6" X 9" (large format)
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-572-??-?, e-book 978-9937-572-??-?
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

Longchen Rabjam was one of the greatest and most prolific authors of Tibet.  As well as hundreds of individual texts he wrote several major anthologies.  Amongst the anthologies are three trilogies.  One of the trilogies, called “The Resting Up Trilogy” is commonly used by followers of Great Completion (Dzogchen) practice as the basis for setting out on the path of Great Completion.

It is my hope to translate the entire trilogy.  It is an important task because this really is the basis for Great Completion practice.  Unfortunately, because it has not been translated, those following Great Completion are missing a whole series of texts that are most important for them.  So far we have produced two volumes of the texts in this major anthology.  All of the texts in these two volumes are essential to understanding the main texts of the anthology, but have not been available in English until now.

This second volume contains the three guidebooks for the the trilogy.  These guidebooks show how to actually practise the material presented in their corresponding base texts.  These guidebooks are intensely practical and bring the more scholarly material of each of the three basic texts of the trilogy into clear and useful focus.

The special feature of the thirteenth chapter of the Guhyagarbha Tantra is that it very clearly explains how the ultimate view of great completion applies to the creation stage of a deity.  Padmasambhava’s teaching explains this at length.  The book is truly an amazing collection of material that is regarded as crucial for Nyingma practitioners but cannot be found elsewhere in English.

The book contains a translation of the following texts:
“The Excellent Path of Enlightenment”, The Guidebook to the Three Virtues, the Three Topics of Great Completion Mindness Resting Up
“The Essence Condensed to the Vital Points”, The Guidebook to Great Completion Dhyana Resting Up
“Wish-Fulfilling Gem”, The Guidebook to Great Completion Illusion Resting Up

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TitleThe Resting Up Trilogy by Longchen Rabjam
Sub-TitleVolumes 3 to 6 of the series, the Three Main Texts and their Three Commentaries
AuthorTony Duff, Tamash Agocs
DetailsOver 1500 pages, colour plates, 6" X 9" (large format)
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-572-??-?, e-book 978-9937-572-??-?
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script will not be included

These volumes contain the remainder of the fifteen texts comprising the trilogy.  There are six texts in these volumes in all.  Three are the actual texts of the trilogy: The Great Completion Resting up in Mindness; The Great Completion Resting up in Meditation; and The Great Completion Resting up in Illusion.  Three are the commentaries to the texts: The Great Chariot Commentary to Resting Up in Mindness, The Complete Purity Chariot Commentary to Resting Up in Meditation, and The Excellent Chariot Commentary to Resting Up in Illusion.


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TitleDza Patrul’s Collected Works: The View and Practice of Maha Ati
Sub-Title
AuthorTony Duff
Details216 pages, 6" X 9" (large format)
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-57 2-64-4, 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 “post-death” 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 translations of the following texts:
From the Supreme Vehicle Ati: Foremost Instructions Clearly Showing Actuality
“Lamp for a Dim Room” The Meanings of the Key Points of Secret, Quintessential Great Completion’s Tantras Protected with Thorough Distinctions
“Luminosity’s Appearance Aspect”, The Ultimate Key Points in the Practise of Great Completion: Root and Commentary

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TitleFrom Longchen Nyingthig: Prayer of Ground, Path, and Fruition
Sub-TitleWith Commentary by Yontan Gyatso
AuthorTony Duff
Details~40 pages, 0 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5"
ISBNnot available yet
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

The Prayer of Ground, Path, and Fruition is one of the very important prayers of the Longchen Nyingthig system of Quintessence Dzogchen.  It one of the many mind treasures Jigmey Lingpa received from Longchen Rabjam and is included in the Root Volumes of Longchen Nyingthig.  The prayer is short but contains the entire teaching of Thorough Cut (thregcho) according to that system.  Most Longchen Nyingthig followers recite it every day.

The prayer is very difficult to understand correctly without instruction.  A commentary by Yontan Gyatso was included in the additional volumes added to the Root Volumes of Longchen Nyingthig by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  This commentary is terse and will not be comprehendable without having received full teachings on Thorough Cut.  However, it does explain the meaning of the prayer sufficiently that anyone with the teachings will be able to use the prayer effectively.

These notes will be revised and some substantial extracts will be provided as the translation work approaches completion.

The book contains a translation of the following texts:
From Longchen Nyingthig: The Prayer of Ground, Path, and Fruition
Yontan Gyatso’s Commentary to the Prayer of Ground, Path, and Fruition

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