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By Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, Padmakara Translation Group

This consultant presents readers with crucial heritage details for learning and practising with Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My ideal instructor— the textual content that has, for greater than a century, served because the trustworthy sourcebook to the non secular practices universal to all of the significant faculties of Tibetan Buddhism. via delivering chapter-by-chapter statement in this popular paintings, Khenpo Pelzang presents a clean viewpoint at the function of the trainer; the levels of the trail; the view of the 3 Jewels; Madhyamika, the root of transcendent knowledge; and masses extra.

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That is, the 84,000 elements of the Dharma. When these are all put together they constitute the Twelve Branches of Excellent Speech, which again together constitute the Three Pitakas. The Tripitaka is what is called the Conqueror's precious doctrine of transmission and realization. The Tripitaka itself is known as the Dharma of transmission because, just as we use handles to carry an earthen pot or leather bag, 5 we use words to make the Dharma of realization unfold. The subject of the Tripi taka is the path of the superior threefold training, which is the Dharma of realization.

Its definition is as follows: just as medicine cures an illness, the Dharma transforms the mind, turning it away from the wrong path of nonvirtue. In this sense "Dharma," "cure," and "transformation" mean the same thing. You should have confidence in this cure, the Dharma. Once you know that the holy Dharma protects you from all the fears of samsara and the lower realms and is the source of benefit and happiness in this and future lives, and that the teachings of the sacred Dharma will therefore never let you down in this life, in future lives, or in the intermediate state, you have to have faith in it.

The path of the Great Perfection has two aspects: the maturing empowerments and the liberating instructions. Regarding these, provided one has received the maturing empowerments, one can receive the instructions, those on the preliminaries and those on the main practice. The instructions on the main practice comprise the instructions on the common practices of the generation and perfection phases and those on the extraordinary practices of trekcho based on primordial purity, the path by which lazy people may be liberated without effort, and thogal based on spontaneous presence, the strenuous path by which diligent people may be liberated.

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