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By Thinley Norbu

Like a spontaneous cascade of knowledge nectar, the open and traditional phrases of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, easy by way of scholarly elaboration, stream right here within the culture of the direct transmissions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the earlier. via statement at the initial Practices (Ngöndrö) prayer from the treasure textual content of the good grasp Tragtung Düdjom Lingpa, insights into many relevant practices emerge to be able to deepen knowing of the rules of Vajrayana Buddhism. additionally incorporated within the publication is a remark on Tsok Khang Dechen (Assembly Palace of serious Exaltation), the foundation textual content prayer of the second one Kyabje Düdjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje.

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36. 37. 38. yon tan mdzod. Tantric vow. sdong po bkod pa'i mdo. A sound of calling or invoking. 30 • COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TREASURE OF DUDJOM The Lama should be respected whether his appearances or activity seem good or bad, because of the Lama's general great kindness of turning one to the direction of the holy Dharma and especially introducing one's own awareness mind. It is as said: The Lama is equal to all Buddhas. Thus, as it is said, it is necessary to view the qualities of the Lama as equal to that of all Buddhas.

The power of manifestation is inconceivable, and it cannot be made conceivable. Even if one tries to make it conceivable to understand it or explain it, inconceivability means that there is nothing that can be conceived of in an ordinary way. It would be very tiring to try to describe the many different levels and qualities of all the different gods and deities, placing them within a framework of stages and trying to make them into something real or to determine whose qualities are greater. Whatever god is considered, too much materialization transforms into nihilism.

According to the higher vehicles, the characteristic of alaya is that from the beginning, it is the nature of the essence of enlightenment, which is pure. It is called the enlightened mind of the basis of all. Because of temporary obscurations imposed by the passions and negative habits, it is like gold covered by stains or a precious jewel lodged in the mud; it is only temporarily that its qualities do not appear. The nature of the essence of enlightenment never diminishes. It is said in The Vajra Ornament: 22 The jewel that blazes like a lamp, Although sunk in the mud of a defiled place, Has self-manifesting natural qualities of light That illuminate the sky.

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