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Introduction

In the language of India, the short title of this treatise would be Tathdtva ratna kosa nama vrtti in the language of Tibet, it is gNas lugs rin po che'i mdzod ces bya ba'i 'grel pa (A Commentary on the Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding). To the original protector, the splendor of both conditioned existence and the state of peace the primordially and spontaneously present expanse in which all qualities are perfect and to victorious ones, to masters of awareness, and to gurus who are...

The Vajra Premise

Now, my treatise will explain the subject matter extensively, beginning with a concise presentation of the main body of the text through four vajra themes For the categories of Mind, Expanse, and Direct Transmission, the consummate meaning of the heart essence is that of ineffability, openness, spontaneous presence, and oneness. Each of these has four divisions revealing the key point, discerning the implications, embracing the larger scope, and coming to the decisive experience. The consummate...

Translation Committees Preface

The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding, one volume in the great Longchen Rabjam's famous collection, The Seven Treasuries, consists of a set of source verses and Longchen Rabjam's own commentary on them. In traditional Buddhist writing, important works are often structured in this way. The verses provide a summary of the subject matter dealt with at length in the prose commentary and have the advantage of being more easily memorized than the complete text. Indeed, in the past, studying...

The Source Verses

In Sanskrit Tatbatva ratna kosa nama In Tibetan gNas lugs rin po che'i mdzod ces bya ba Primordial buddhahood, the ground of fully evident enlightenment, unchanging, spontaneously present, the basic space of the vajra heart essence the nature of mind is natural great perfection. I pay homage to this, with nothing to discard or adopt, nothing to come or go. The expanse of the inexpressible nature of phenomena, the very pinnacle of view, is great perfection. Listen as I explain, according to my...

Dzogpa Chenpo

According to Dzogpa Chenpo atiyoga , the entire corpus of Buddhist teachings is classified into two divisions the exoteric sutric and esoteric tantric teachings. The exoteric teachings are further divided into three yanas vehicles those of shravakas, pratyekabuddhas, and mahayanists. The esoteric teachings are divided into six tantras the three outer tantras of kriyayoga, charyayoga, and yogatantra and the three inner tantras of mahayoga, anuyoga, and atiyoga. These three yanas and six tantras...

Biographical Sketch of Longchen Rabjam

Longchen Rabjam1 was born in the Tra Valley of southern Tibet on the tenth day of the second month of the Earth Monkey year 1308 . When he was conceived, his mother dreamed of a sun above a lion's head illuminating the whole world. At his birth, a dharma protectress appeared and, holding the baby in her arms, said, I will protect him. Longchen Rabjam was a reincarnation of Princess Pemasal ninth century a.d. , whom Guru Rinpoche had entrusted with the transmission of the Khadro Nyingt'hig...

His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

The publication of this English translation of Longchen Rabjam's The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding should be a cause for rejoicing on the part of deeply committed English-speaking Buddhists who aspire to realize the Dzogchen, or Great Perfection, transmission of vajrayana Buddhism. Though there are many spiritual traditions in this world, Buddhism offers the deepest examination of what constitutes the root of samsara, and of how to deal with all levels of obscurations and attain...