By Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorjé, Richard Barron (Chökyi Nyima), Sogyal Rinpoche

A wonderful Garland of infrequent gemstones: Biographies of Masters of expertise within the Dzogchen Lineage is the one entire background of the Nyingtik lineage, which kinds the center of the physique of teachings referred to as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) within the Tibetan Buddhist culture. It used to be written by means of the past due Nyoshul Khen Rinpoché, Jamyang Dorjé (1931-1999), probably the most notable and a professional exponents of Dzogchen. during this paintings, framed as a chain of biographical debts, Nyoshul Khenpo offers a wealth of data helpful to religious practitioners in addition to to historians learning the cultures of principal Asia. In his advent, Sogyal Rinpoche underscores the significance of this paintings: “‘There might come a time within the future,’ [Nyoshul Khenpo] wrote, ‘when holders of the lineage could profess to transmit the lineage with no having the ability to bear in mind even the names of its masters.’ this is because he thought of this heritage to be ‘as critical as our eyes or our lifestyles force,’ supplying the entire grounds and concept ever wanted for overall conviction. He in comparison the lifestyles tales of the vidyadhara masters during this lineage to an excellent chain of gold or a garland of infrequent gemstones. …With massive realization to aspect, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ‘ultimate lineage of direct transmission,’ the center of all of the traces of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial buddha to the current day, displaying the relationship among masters and scholars in an unbroken line of succession. His paintings sticks out due to its completeness, for it comprises the entire exact lineages, besides the lives of the scholars of the nice masters, tales from the oral culture, and the several educating kinds. an individual who concerns is represented the following, each hyperlink within the chain, together with masters of our time. …It is a milestone, and that i don't feel that it'll ever be equaled.”

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Now, the rupakaya is twofold. The teachings bestowed by the nirmanakaya buddhas constitute the three levels of the dialectical approach, which is based on causes. The teachings bestowed by the sambhogakaya buddhas are the classes of tantta in the secret mantra approach, the path based on the state of fruition or result. This is a general classification of the teachings of the buddhas. Now, the Dzogchen classification of the teachings differs from that of other approaches. The difference lies in its view that the three kayas-dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya-are identical in essence.

So by seeing his representation in form, by hearing his speech, and by remembering him, we can receive the blessing that will bring about the realization of the ultimate meaning of Dzogpachenpo. He embodies the intrinsic nature and essence of Dzogpachenpo, which pervades all beings in samsara and nirvana, and so he is never separate from us. All we need to do is to open our hearts in genuine devotion, and his blessing is immediate and utterly within our reach. By praying to Longchenpa, we can awaken the intrinsic, or absolute, Longchenpa within us, the wisdom of our own rigpa, present within the nature of our mind.

In the true spirit of humility, Nyoshul Khenpo wrote nothing in A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems about his own life; Sogyal Rinpoche's account provides a moving glimpse into the humanity and profound realization that Khen Rinpoche exemplified, in addition to the important role he played as one of the principal modern-day holders of this lineage. My thanks go also to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Yonge Mingyur Rinpoche, Khentrul Lodro Taye, and Khenpo Orgyen Trinlay for their insightful answers to some of the questions that arose during the translation.

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