Padma Karpo Translation Committee
Books of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Teachings
General Information
Lotsawa Tony served as the personal translator to Tsoknyi Rinpoche from 1992 to 2000.  During that time, Lotsawa Tony accompanied Tsoknyi Rinpoche on all of his tours and was responsible for all translation work.  During the time, Lotsawa Tony amassed a huge library of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s teachings.  A range of them have been carefully selected, edited, and arranged into books.
Hinting at Dzogchen
Ground, Path, and Fruition
Commentaries on the Barchay Kunsel Condensed Preliminaries of the Chogling Tersar
Tulku Ugyen’s Guru Yoga and Commentaries on the Practice

TitleHinting at Dzogchen
Sub-TitlePublic Teachings of Tsoknyi Rinpoche
AuthorTony Duff
Details303 pages, 5.5" X 8.5", US$25, available on paper
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-202-24-4, e-book 978-9937-572-39-2
TextsTibetan text in Tibetan script: no Tibetan texts in book

Hinting at Dzogchen book cover
The book is a compendium of public talks given during the 1990’s.  Three weekend intensives are included in their entirety as are several single talks.  The talks all point at the ultimate meaning as taught in Mahamudra and Dzogpa chenpo but also contain an enormous amount of Tibetan Buddhist teaching of more general interest.  The book will of course be of special interest to Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s students.  It will also be of special interest to students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and also Shambhala because a number of the talks were givenat Dharmadhatus, now Shambhala Centres.  The talks span the whole period of the 1990’s and have been selected by Lotsawa Tony not only for their dharma content but also to show the development of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s teaching style during that time.  Thus it is also a historical record that shows the development of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s teaching style through the 1990’s.

The talks in this book were chosen specifically to complement a second book, called Ground, Path, and Fruition, displayed further down this page.

Here is the table of contents from Hinting at Dzogchen:
1. Heart of Enlightenment, The Path of Compassion In the summer of 1992, Tsoknyi Rinpoche taught a weekend course at the request of the members of Karma Dzong,the Dharma­dhatu dharma assembly in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.  The course, entitled, ‘Awakened Heart, the Path of Compassion’, addressed the teach­ings of the Mahayana in general and the Tibetan Nyingma tradition in particular.

2. Uncovering Enlightened Mind In the summer of 1994, Tsoknyi Rinpoche taught a five-session course for the summer session of Buddhist Studies department of the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.  The course, entitled, ‘Uncovering the Heart of Enlightenment’ addressed the subject from the point of view of the teachings of the Mahayana in general and the Tibetan Nyingma tradition in particular.

3. Self-knowing Knower On June 28th and 29th, 1995, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a two-talk public course at the request of the San Francisco Dharmadhatu dharma assembly in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.  The talks emphasized the fact that ultimate meditation depends on reflexive understanding, i.e., that one’s own mind has to recognize itself.

4. A Weekend of Meditation In the summer of 1996, Tsoknyi Rinpoche taught a public, weekend course on meditation at therequest of the Berkeley Shambhala Centre dharma assembly in Berkeley, California, U.S.A.  The course dealt with the practice of Dzogchen.  The first talk is available here.

5. Ultimate Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha In the summer of 1997, Tsoknyi Rinpoche taught a public, weekend course on meditation at the request of the Berkeley Shambhala Centre dharma assembly in Berkeley, California, U.S.A.  Thecourse, entitled ‘Nature of Mind’, dealt with the meaning of Dzogchen meditation in general.  The first talk, which was a public talk, showed the meaning of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and the meaning of meditation in general.  That first talk is reproduced here.

6. Dzogchen View of Mind In the summer of 1997, on the night of August the eleventh, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talk at the request of the students of Spirit Rock dharma centre, California, U.S.A.  The talk wasentitled, ‘Dzogchen View of Mind’.  The talk explained that the whole meaning of the Buddha’s teaching is contained in the two things emptiness and compassion then showed what those mean and how they are developed in the Dzogchen practice.

7. Advice at Tara Mandala In the summer of 1997, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a ten-day retreat at Tara Mandala in southern Colorado,U.S.A.  Some interesting questions and answers from the retreat are given here.

8. Compassion as Ground, Path, Fruition In the summer of 1997, on the night of August the twenty-first, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talkat the request of the Shambhala Centre, Karma Dzong, in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.  The talk was entitled, ‘Compassion as Ground, Path, and Fruition’.  The talk began by showing clearly how emptiness is needed for real compassion and then moved on to give a complete description of ground, path, and fruition.

9. Tsoknyi Rinpoche Summarizes His Approach to Teaching the Path of Thorough Cut I On September 9, 1999, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talk at the request of Berkeley Shambhala Centre dharma assembly in Berkeley, California, U.S.A.  The talk was a summary, in general terms, of the longer meditation retreats that he was teaching at the time.  It explains his approach to Dzogchen meditation in a way that is suitable for public presentation.

10. Tsoknyi Rinpoche Summarizes His Approach to Teaching the Path of Thorough Cut II On October 4, 1999, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talk at the request of the Kagyu Centre in Crestone, Colorado, USA.  The talk was a summary, in general terms, of the longer meditationretreats that he was teaching at the time.  It explains his approach to Dzogchen meditation in a way that is suitable for public presentation.

11. Tsoknyi Rinpoche Summarizes His Approach to Teaching the Path of Thorough Cut III On October 6, 1999, Tsoknyi Rinpoche gave a public talk at the request of the Boulder Shambhala Centre dharma assembly in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.  The talk was a summary, in general terms, of the longer meditation retreats that he was teaching at the time.  It explains his approach to Dzogchen meditation in a way that is suitable for public presentation.
   
Title Ground, Path, And Fruition
Sub-Title Teachings of Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Mind and Mind Essence
AuthorTony Duff
Details206 pages, 5.5" X 8.5", US$25, available on paper
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-572-26-2, e-book 978-9937-572-25-5
TextsTibetan text in Tibetan script: no Tibetan texts included
Note** Restricted publication **

GPF book cover
Restriction:
At Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s direction, this book is only available to those who have had the complete set of instructions on Thorough Cut (thregcho)from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen, Chokyi Nyima, or Mingyur Rinpoche.  The book is also available tostudents of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who are at the sadhaka level.  If you have a different teacher and have had a complete set of instructions, you might be eligible; please use the contact link on the menu to contact us.

Back cover text:
Ground, path, and fruition is a type of logic used to understand a whole subject clearly.  Here, it is applied to teachings on mind and mind essence from Tsoknyi Rinpoche by Lotsawa Tony Duff to make a complete guide to the higher practices of Essence Mahamudra and the Thorough Cut of Great Completion.  The book contains several, complete teachings on these subjects all carefully arranged intoground, path, and fruition presentations.  Moreover, the path instructions are extensively presented using the logic of view, meditation, andconduct.  Tony has additionally highlighted the special type of instructions,called upadesha, that form the core teachings of these practices.

From the Introduction by the author:
“Tsoknyi Rinpoche approached me, his translator, and asked me to create a book of his teachingsthat would show the tenets (of the Dzogchen and Essence Mahamudra teachings) and asked specifically for a ground, path, and fruition presentation.  I selected three setsof his teachings for the purpose.  The first gave extensive ground, path, and fruition teachings from both Kagyu Mahamudra and Nyingma Dzogchen perspectives.  The second gave extensive instructions on the path from both perspectives.  The third gave an extensive presentation just of the Dzogchen path.  The selections chosen and the arrangements made of the teachings in them make the book into a manual both of the theory and practice of the Thorough Cut practice of Dzogchen that can be used by students of Tsoknyi Rinpoche or otherswho are studying and practising the same material …”
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