The Yeshe Lama

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Keith Dowman is a translator and teacher of Dzogchen. A student of the great Dzogchen lamas Dudjom Rinpoche and Kanjur Rinpoche, he lived in India and Nepal for 50 years. His translations include Longchenpa's Natural Perfection, Spaciousness and Maya-Yoga.

The Yeshe Lama

Jigme Lingpa's Dzogchen Atiyoga Manual

Authored by Keith Dowman
Edition: First Edition

Here is the great Yeshe Lama, the most renowned, comprehensive and the most efficacious of the Dzogchen manuals. It is a sourcebook for Dzogchen Breakthrough/Leapover precepts. Certainly, the Yeshe Lama lives up to its reputation. It is still the crown jewel of the latter-day Dzogchen lineages. It is at the apex of the Longchen Nyingtik corpus of literature, presenting the essential Dzogchen yogas in pith instruction. The Longchen Nyingtik is based firmly in Longchen Rabjampa's vision, a massive, vast and profound Dzogchen vision written down as the Seven Treasuries, which in turn were based intimately upon the tantras of the Nyingma Gyubum, the treasure house of Dzogchen.

The translation was made for the benefit of students who have received transmission and oral instructions from a teacher and need clarification and elucidation from an authoritative literary source. It is meant for yogins and yoginis, adepts and practitioners.

It may not be finally authoritative, but grounded in the wisdom of the old Dzogchen lamas who were wise before they came out of Tibet, as the fruit of a lifetime's listening, studying and contemplation it may be of some use to people who are committed to the Dzogchen yogi ethos. The urban yogis who have no connection with the traditional teaching may also appreciate access to its precepts. Most significantly, in my mind, this translation stresses the nondual aspect of Dzogchen, the radical aspect that is overlooked by conventional Buddhist Vajrayanists.
The translation attempts, wherever possible, to clarify instruction, resolve ambiguities, and turn abstruse Tibetan nuance and allusion into comprehensible English prose. Sometimes that is not possible because of an absence of English equivalents of Tibetan terms or metaphors, sometimes because of the density or obscurity of the Tibetan meaning, sometimes because an arbitrary meaning has been lost in the recent attenuation of the tradition. Certainly, this translation does not purport to reproduce the high literary quality and form of Jigme Lingpa's Tibetan prose - which is inimitable. Nor is it a literal translation where every word is accounted for and every instance of a particular word translated by the same English equivalent.

Rigzin Jigme Lingpa, the eighteenth century mystic-scholar who composed the Longchen Nyingthig was an incarnation of Longchenpa in the most significant sense of the expression and his Longchen Nyingtik became the seed, root and branch of a Dzogchen revival that reverberates around the entire world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Introduction i-lv
The Yeshe Lama
Prologue 1
Part One
Chapter One: Basic Training 9
Chapter Two: Fruition in Breakthrough Nonmeditation 27
Chapter Three: Fruition in Leapover Methods 41
Part Two
Chapter Four: The Four Bardos 101
Part Three
Chapter Five: The Fields of Natural Emanation 147
1. Structure of the Tibetan Text 153
2. Texts Cited 157
3. The Twelve Vajra Laughs 162
4. The Vase-Body 164
5. The Ground, Path and Fruit 167
6. List of Similes 169
Glossary 177
English - Tibetan Concordance 188
Sanskrit-English Concordance 191
Bibliography 194
Index 197

Publication Date:
1502716224 / 9781502716224
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Buddhism / Tibetan

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