"In the practice of dzokchen we are
pointing to wisdom so unique that it can lead us back to our original mind, our
original strength. In the Shambhala teachings, that manifests as the principle
of Ashe. To lead us into seeing who we really are is the Dorje Dradül's very
powerful inspiration. This is our path." —The
Available to Shambhala Vajrayana students.
This book is compiled from talks given
by the Sakyong during eight retreats for vajrayana students from 2006 to 2008,
known as Garchens, "Great Gatherings." Its main theme throughout is
the deep connection between mahamudra and dzokchen—the highest vajrayana
teachings—and the Shambhala terma received by the Dorje Dradül.
In presenting dzokchen, Rinpoche draws
on two texts from Mipham Jamyang Gyatso: The Torch That Dispells Darkness,
and a text on the four yogas of Mahamudra. Also offered are practice
instructions and guided meditations, including a mahamudra instruction composed
by the Vidyadhara in Tibet, taken from the teachings gathered by his nephew,
Karma Senge Rinpoche.
To facilitate study, contemplation, and
discussion, the book is structured in short chapters. The first three parts
introduce the Shambhala dzokchen teachings, how to approach them, and the
central role of transmission. The next four parts elaborate on the practices—mainly
trekchö, mahamudra, and Ashe.
Softcover, 6" x 9"