1. KHENPO SODARGYE was born in 1962 into a nomadic family in a small valley of the Tibetan region of Kham. He was ordained in 1985 and went on to become a lineage holder of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition, as well as a preeminent practitioner and scholar at Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy in Sertar. Khenpo Sodargye was the great Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche’s chief Tibetan-Chinese translator. He has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to offer teachings at Dharma centers and universities.
2. THE WISDOM AND COMPASSION TRANSLATION GROUP, under the guidance of Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche, is dedicated to translating authentic Buddhist teachings into languages that resonate with individuals from all walks of life. Comprised of Buddhist practitioners and scholars, the translation team is committed to bringing Dharma students teachings that empower them to engage in the systematic study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
This guide shares Tibetan Buddhist insight and tools that will benefit everyone in transforming their mind. Khenpo Sodargye, who has attracted hundreds of thousands of students worldwide with his concise, easy-to-follow teaching style, sketches the big picture of the Mahayana path in straightforward language with stories relevant to everyday life. He draws on authentic texts and teachings by renowned Buddhist masters to explain complex concepts like: - The Four Dharma Seals - Faith - Bodhicitta - The Three Supreme Methods - The Two Truths - Rebirth and karma - Spiritual teachers - The Great Perfection
This book introduces a systematic approach to studying Buddhism. Through proper listening, contemplating, and meditating, we can generate the wisdom that enables us to recognize, control, and uproot our afflictions, which is the essence of Buddhism. This book is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about the basics of Mahayana Buddhism or to strengthen the foundations of their spiritual practice.
Translators’ Note vii Preface xi 1. The Four Dharma Seals: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings 1 2. Faith in Buddhism: Not Just a Mere Belief 31 3. Bodhichitta: Becoming a Buddha for Others 53 4. The Three Supreme Methods: How to Seal Merits 79 5. The Two Truths: What Is the Dharma Based On? 95 6. Rebirth and Karma: Actions for the Future 113 7. The Spiritual Teacher: Guiding Us on the Path to Enlightenment 131 8. Hearing, Contemplation, and Meditation: How to Study and Practice the Dharma 165 9. The Great Perfection: The Pinnacle of Nyingma’s Vajrayana Practice 187 Conclusion 215 Appendix: How to Prepare for Death 219 Notes 223 Selected Bibliography 235 About the Author 237