Rimé Foundation Announces Near Completion of Important Translation Projects
By Karma Dorje
Oct 13, 2006, 13:49

 The Rimé Foundation has a number of projects reaching key milestones.

The Excellent Chariot: An Instruction Manual on The Great Perfection, Heart Essence of the Dakinis

The first volume is complete and being prepared for publication. It will be published by Snow Lion Publications in mid-2007. Volume II will be released in late 2007 in a restricted format. The project benefited from funding by the Bodhi Foundation

Written in the 18th century by the third incarnation of the founder of Dzogchen Monastery, this text is an accessible, yet profound presentation of the practice of Dzogchen. It is said to encompass the entire Dzogchen path, from the inner and outer preliminaries up to the most profound points of practice. The vast content of the Khandro Nyingthig, The Heart Essence of the Dakinis, is presented in a form that can be readily put into practice. The source for this text is the Khandro Nyingthig, one part of Longchenpa's Four-fold Heart Essence compilation, the snying thig ya bzhi. This particular section deals specifically with the Dzogchen lineage of Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal.

Despite the accessible style in which it is written, this text contains a level of detail concerning the most profound points of Dzogchen practice that has rarely been presented in any Western language. Not only does it convey key instructions concerning the common outer and inner preliminary practices, but also precise teachings on the unique preliminaries of the Dzogchen path. In addition to the more well known outer and inner “separation” or “rushen” practices, the text also elucidates no less then nine different Dzogchen preliminaries, giving precise and clear instructions on these unique practices. The text then goes on to present the main practice in detail, focusing on the Trekcho teachings of innate purity.

This text has been taught in the West by the present incarnation of the author, Dzogchen Rinpoche Jigmé Losel Wangpo. It is being translated at the request of the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and under the direction of some of the most eminent masters of the Dzogchen lineage. The empowerments and reading transmissions for the Khandro Nyingthig—the basis for this text—were given by Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche and Sechen Rabjam Rinpoche. Mingyur Rinpoche, son of Tulku Urgyen, is giving a detailed, chapter by chapter commentary on the text itself in conjunction with the translation. Finally, this project is being carried out with the blessings of Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, the most senior lama of the Dzogchen lineage.

Deity, Mantra and Wisdom:Development Stage Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist Tantra 

This project is now complete and will be published by Snow Lion Publications in early 2007.

George McDonald and the Khyentse Foundation provided fundsthis project.

This collection of writings will present seminal texts on the development stage of Tibetan Buddhist meditation (bskyed rim). Though this type of practice is one of the most widely practiced forms of meditation, there is very little information in the English language concerning the theory and practical application of these profound teachings.

The texts translated for this volume are the standard texts within the Nyingma tradition to present the development stage. The first text, Ladder to Akanishta, 'og min bsgrod pa'i them skas, was written in the 18th century CE by Jigmé Lingpa. Focusing on the practice of visualization, the author elucidates how both the beginner and the seasoned practitioner can develop their practice, identify and correct errors and missteps, and attain the results of the practice.

The second and third texts were written by Patrul Rinpoche,  a master loved for his lively and accessible way of writing about profound topics. These two texts, entitled Elucidating the Difficult Points of Deity Yoga, bskyed rim lha'i khrid kyi dka' gnad cung zad bshad pa, and The Four Nails that Bind the Life-Force, srog sdom gzer bzhi,  are actually supplements to Jigmé Lingpa’s text. The first of the two picks some of the main points that remain unclear in Jigmé Lingpa’s presentation and elaborates upon them. The second takes as its focus a key concept in the Nyingmapa’s presentation of Tantra, the four nails that bind the life-force—four points that summarize the essentials of development stage meditation.

The final text in the compilation is by great saint of Kathok Monastery, Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chogdrub, entitled Rituals of the Development Stage, bskyed pa'i rim pa cho ga dang sbyar ba'i gsak byed zung 'jug nye ma. This text covers the same topic, but in contrast to Jigmé Lingpa’s presentation, the author does not focus on the visualization of the divine form, but rather on mantra recitation, visualization of the external environment, and other elements of this practice.

Carried out under the direction of Chokling Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, this compilation will provide perhaps the most comprehensive presentation of this topic in the English language to date.

Other projects under way include:

A collection described as Gateway to Perfection Foundational Practices of the Great Perfection, a short text from the Nyingthig Yabshi, the Four-fold Heart Essence, a set of teachings compiled by Longchenpa combining the Dzogchen lineages of Vimalamitra and Padmasambhava into one collection, The Outer Preliminaries: Seven Point Mind Training (blo sbyong don bdun ma thar pa'i them skas), written by Jigmé Lingpa and included in his revelatory teachings the Longchen Nyingthig, Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse, and two texts, also written by Jigmé Lingpa, which explain the preliminary practices of the Great Perfection as they are more commonly known. The first covers the outer preliminaries, explaining how to contemplate topics such as impermanence and the sufferings of cyclic existence, while the second text builds upon the first by presenting the unique preliminaries, beginning with refuge and continuing up to the profound practice of guru yoga. These two texts have been the basis for some of the most well-known texts of the past few centuries, including Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher.

Padmasambhava's Key Instructions on the Rosary of Views, a commentary on the thirteenth chapter of the Tantra of the Secret Essence, The Guhyagharba Tantra (Tib: rgyud gsang ba snying po), which distills the teachings of the Nyingma Tradition’s nine vehicles into a series of “pith instructions” that can be easily practiced. In particular, it is one of the most renowned texts concerning the view of Tantra, as it presents the various levels of tantra and elucidates their view, practice, and result, all the way up to the pinnacle of the Nyingma path, the Great Perfection. Carried out under the direction and guidance of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Sherab Sangpo.

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