The Primordial Buddha Kuntu Zangpo

According to traditions of Bon, just as is the case with the Nyingmapa tradition of Buddhism, the ultimate source for the revelation of the Dzogchen teachings is the Adibuddha, or Primordial Buddha (thog-ma'i sangs-rgyas), who exists beyond time and history, dwelling in eternity at the center of existence. Both of these old, unreformed schools, the Bonpo and the Nyingmapa, designate the Primordial Buddha in their scriptures by the name of Kuntu Zangpo (Kun tu bzang-po, Skt. Samantabhadra). On...

Translation from The Hagiographies of the Masters of the Lineage

According to the brief hagiography found in the text by Paton Tan-gyal, only few details of the life of Tapihritsa are known. The Direct Occurrence of the Shorter Lineages for the Transmission Second, there are the direct occurring (in history) of the Shorter Lineages for the Transmission that have benefited living beings by way of Emanations (nye rgyud thog babs rnam-sprul 'gro don gyi rgyud-pa). 15 Here there are found six divisions 1. the Two Nirmanakyas displaying great kindness (sprul-sku...

Introduction to the Translation

The final text in the section of historical texts, The Reasons why the Bon did not Decline (Bon ma nub-pa'i gtan-tshigs), places Gyerpungpa directly in the context of the history of his time. In the mid eighth century of our era, the great Buddhist king Trisong Detsan ruled over the vast Tibetan empire. The undefeated Tibetan armies were expanding into Western Tibet and into Central Asia, as well as fighting successfully against the Chinese armies of the T'ang dynasty in the east. Gyerpungpa,...

The Three Traditions of Bonpo Dzogchen

In general, within the Bon tradition, there exist different lines of transmission for the Dzogchen teachings, which are collectively known as A rdzogs snyan gsum. The first two of them represent Terma traditions based on rediscovered treasure texts, whereas the third is an oral tradition (snyan brgyud) based on a continuous transmission through an uninterrupted line of realized masters. These three transmissions of Dzogchen are as follows The first cycle here of Dzogchen teachings is called...

The Masters Tapihritsa and Gyerpungpa

The Mahasiddha Tradition in Zhang-zhung The Zhang-zhung snyan-rgyud is of particular interest to the history of the development of Dzogchen in Tibet because it is not a Terma, as are the other cycles of Bonpo Dzogchen texts such as the bsGrags-pa skor gsum and the Gab-pa dgu skor, but represents a snyan-rgyud, or oral transmission. It is asserted in the Bon tradition that these teachings have been passed down in a continuous unbroken lineage of transmission of master to disciple since before...

The Experiential Transmission and the Precepts Transmission

The Revival of Bon and the Terma Discoveries Like Buddhism in general, Bon also enjoyed a revival, even a renaissance, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This revival began in the late tenth century with the rediscovery of Terma texts, texts that are said to have been hidden in the time of the persecutions of the eighth century, if not before according to Bon tradition. Thus, Bon shares with the Nyingmapa tradition the idea of Terma or rediscovered texts. The Nyingmapas, however, ascribe...

The Interrupted Transmission Lineages

In terms of the Longer Lineages of Transmission, there exist two types 1. the disturbed or interrupted transmission ('khrug-can) and 2. the undisturbed or uninterrupted transmission ('khrug-min). Furthermore, from Chimed ('Chi-med gtsug-phud), the Teacher who is the ultimate source of this transmission, and from (his disciple) Sangwa Dupa, there were, in brief, three equivalent modes of transmission that came down to the great Gyerpungpa. As for the Shorter Lineages of the transmission,...

Introduction to the Translations

Following after a series of texts in the collection that deal with the view of Dzogchen, 1 we find three brief texts that purport to describe the first two encounters between two masters of Dzogchen. The translation of the first text in this section presents the prophetic sayings (lung-bstan) of the Nirmanakaya Tapihritsa to his disciple the great Gyerpung Nangzher Lodpo on the occasion of their initial meeting in the Drajye valley. 2 Tapihritsa, after his enlightenment and realization of the...

The Mindto Mind Transmission of the Buddhas

The Nine-Fold Mind Transmission of the Sugatas In the hagiographies of the masters of the lineage that prefaces the published version of the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud, a series of lineages are given for the transmission (brgyud-pa) of the Dzogchen teachings. 1 The ultimate source of the revelation and the transmission is the Dharmakaya (bon-sku), the Primordial Buddha Kuntu Zangpo. This initial line of transmission is transcendental and transmundane. The transmission occurs not on earth, nor in...

The Iconography of the Primordial Buddha

Because the Dharmakaya is totally devoid of and in no way limited by conceptions or discursive thoughts, Kuntu Zangpo is represented iconographically as a nude male Buddha figure, with cropped hair and lacking any ornaments or adornments. Sitting in meditation posture in the center of the infinity of space, He is entirely nude and unadorned because He embodies the Nature of Mind in all its unadorned nakedness, the primordial Natural State devoid of all discursive thoughts rtog-pa med-pa , much...

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Expanse of space without thoughts, came to realize the ordinary siddhis, such as invoking the gods and controlling their food, so as to bring all the noxious spirits under his power. And in terms of the supreme siddhi, he realized non-duality with the God of Wisdom. 45 He then transmitted the teachings to his son Trisho Gyalwa Khri-sho rgyal-ba . That master also, because his contemplation arose as energy in manifestation, came to 31. Rasang Phan-gyai realize the ordinary siddhis, such as...

Tapihritsa Guru Yoga

The Literature of the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud Cycle Chapter 10. The Texts in the Menri Edition of the Zhang-zhung The Four Cycles of The Collections of the Experiential Transmissions 197 The Contents of the Menri Edition 197 Chapter 11. The Practice Manual for the Zhang-zhung The Life and Works of Druchen Gyalwa Yungdrung 205 The Contents of the Practice Manual 213 APPENDIX ONE The Guru Yoga for Tapihritsa 217 How to Practice the Guru Yoga 220 The Invocation to Translation of the Invocation to...

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The Symbolic Transmission of the Bodhisattvas First, Shenrab, the Teacher who is the Emanation born from the human womb, transmitted these Dzogchen teachings to the Deva Bonpo, Lhabon Yongsu Dagpa Lha-bon yongs su dag-pa , the son of Lharab-od Lha-rab-'od . 42 Moreover, that master, because his contemplation was pure like the sky, came to realize the ordinary siddhis, such as soaring aloft in the heavens. By means of extending his hook-like tongue, he was able to produce flowers upon the...

Foreword by Lopon Tenzin Namdak

Foreword to the Translation into the English Language of Some Selected Texts from the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud. When the precious teachings of the Victorious One, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, were first established in the country of Zhang-zhung, and subsequently spread and flourished there, the transmission of the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud was originally kept very secret. Merely examining of the candidate in order to see whether or not he was a suitable vessel to receive the teachings and then giving him...

Preface

I began the study of the Zhang-zhung Nyan-gyud Cycle of Bonpo Dzogchen teachings in 1987 under the inspiration of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Although not a Bonpo Lama himself, being a Drugpa Kagyudpa Tulku and educated in the Sakyapa traditions of Derge Gomchen in Eastern Tibet, nevertheless, he was greatly interested in the ancient pre-Buddhist religious culture of Tibet known as Bon. Earlier, while in New Delhi, India, in 1971,1 had purchased a copy of this collection of Tibetan texts from Dr....