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Oral Tradition from Zhang Zhung : An Introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings of the Oral

John Myrdhin Reynolds

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ISBN 10: 9994664441 / ISBN 13: 9789994664443
Published by Vajra Publications, Kathmandu, 2005
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Contents Foreword. Preface. I. The history and lineages 1. The Bonpo and Nyingmapa traditions of Dzogchen. 2. The primordial Buddha Kuntu Zangpo. 3. The mind to mind transmission of the Buddhas. 4. The oral transmission of the Siddhas. 5. The masters Tapihritsa and Gyerpungpa. 6. The prophetic sayings of the lord Tapihritsa. 7. The reasons why the Bon did not decline. 8. The experimental transmission and the percepts transmission. 9. The later history of the transmission. II. The literature of the Zhang zhung Nyan gyud cycle 10. The texts in the Menri edition of the Zhang zhung Nyan gyud. 11. The practice manual for the Zhang zhung Nyan gyud. Appendices 1. The Guru Yoga for Tapihritsa. 2. The preliminary practices. 3. The invocations to the guardian deity Nyipangse and to the Goddess Menmo. 4. The biography of Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak. Notes. Bibliography. Glossary of Tibetan terms. Index. The original Dzogchen teachings are found equally in the old unreformed Tibetan schools of the Buddhist Nyingmapas and the pre Buddhist Bonpos. These teachings are substantially the same in both schools in terms of meaning terminology and practice both traditions justly claiming unbroken lineages of transmission coming down to the present day from the 8 century and even before. Moreover both schools assert that Dzogchen did not originate in Tibet itself or even in India but in Central Asia variously known as Tazik and Uddiyana. From there it was brought to India and Central Tibet by certain Mahasiddhas or great adepts where it represented an Upadesha or secret oral instruction concerning an unconditioned state of being and awareness beyond the Tantric process of transformation. This refers to the natural state of the nature of mind one's own innate Buddha nature that is beyond all time conditioning and causality. In both traditions the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo Dzogchen is regarded as the ultimate teaching of the Buddhas of three times and it is classified as the ninth or highest vehicle to enlightenment. In this volume will be found translations from the Tibetan of the Dzogchen teachings originally transmitted by the master Tapihritsa to his disciple Nangzher Lodpo at the Darok Lake in Zhang zhung or Northwestern Tibet which at that time was still an independent kingdom. Included here also are translations of the hagiographies of the principal masters of this tradition in ancient times extending back to the ultimate source of the Dzogchen teachings the Primordial Buddha Kuntu Zangpo himself. The appendices in the book present translations and explanations of the preliminary practices for this tradition of Dzogchen known as Ngondro as well as the Guru Yoga practice for Tapihritsa. These explanations proceed according to the oral instructions of Yongdzin Rinpoche Lopon Tenzin Namdak the greatest living exponent of the Bonpo tradition of Dzogchen. The texts of the Zhang zhung Nyan gyud first written down in the 8 century in the Zhang zhung language and a century later translated by Ponchen Tsanpo into Tibetan never became Termas or hidden treasure texts but represent a continuous system of oral and written transmission until the present time. Therefore the Zhang zhung Nyan gyud the oral tradition from Zhang zhung is of singular importance for the understanding of the historical development of Dzogchen in Early Tibet. 577 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 56528

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