☼ ཨ ๑۩۞۩๑ The Great Tantra on the Consequence of Sound ☼ ཨ book review by Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar
☼ ཨ ๑۩۞۩๑ The Great Tantra on the Consequence of Sound ☼ ཨ
book review by Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar
182nd Alive Dharma teaching at the HERITAGE OF MANKIND
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https://www.amazon.com/Jewel-Maker-Great-Tantra-Consequence/dp/1978085737 translated by Chris Wilkinson .
From the description : “ .”The Great Perfection, also known as the Atiyoga or Dzogchen (rDzogs chen), is a tradition of esoteric Buddhism that propounds instantaneous enlightenment and was first brought to Tibet in the Eighth Century of the Common Era. The Indian manuscripts of this tradition have been lost in time, and only the Tibetan translations remain. The original teachings of this tradition are contained in books called Tantras, and are generally divided into three categories: The Mind Section, the Space Section, and the Upadesha Instruction Section. The Upadesha Instruction section is devoted to the pointing out instructions or practical advice in the understanding and application of the Great Perfection. It is generally described as having seventeen root scriptures. The Jewel Maker here translated is considered to be the source for the other sixteen Tantras, which form the body of the seventeen works. As such, we may say that this Tantra is the core of the core teachings on the Upadesha instructions of the Great Perfection. This Tantra is also secret, and is said to be under the guardianship of dakinis. The Tantra itself proclaims the importance of keeping it, copying it and preserving it. This translation is part of an effort to preserve and maintain this ancient literature, in keeping with the directives written in the Tantra itself.”
Dear Readers at the Heritage of mankind ,
welcome to 182nd A-live Dharma teaching .
We will focus on one of the most important Buddhist sacred texts , the Root of all Dharmas .
I.INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST STUDIES
1.1. The Great Tantra on the Consequence of Sound
Translator Chris Wilkinson send me a copy of his English translation of Dra Thal Gyur tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha ,
published on October 2017 and available on Amazon .
The translator dedicated it to all teachers and students of Dzogchen .
The book has 299 pages .
Original of Dra Thal Gyur root tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha is in Sanskrit , entitled : Sabda Tadratra Maha Ratnakara Tantra Nama which was translated into Tibetan as : Rin po che ‘byung bar byed pa sgra thal ‘ gyur chen po’i rgyud ces bya ba . Christopher Wilkinson translated the title into English as : The Jewel Maker : the Great Tantra on the Consequence of Sound .
Rigpa wiki translates it as : Reverberation of Sound tantra
We translated it with Penetration of Sound :
❁‿ ↗⁀◎⊙ღ๑۩۞۩๑ღ⊙◎‿ ↗⁀❁ ATI YOGA ESSENCE LINEAGE –
This lineage : Chönyid kyi rangdra or Natural Sound of Dharmata has origin in Dra Thal Gyur root tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha . Master Vimalamitra is the only one who wrote commentary on Dra Thal Gyur tantra or Reverberation of Sound .Vimalamitras commentary is preserved at Khatok monastery in East Tibet . REVERBERATION OF SOUND is the root of all Buddhist Dharma . Reverberation of Sound (Dra Thal Gyur) is connected to 16 other Dzogchen Upadesha tantras . We need to see this display diametrical as a cicle , not horizontal . DRA THAL GYUR tantra in the centre and names of 16 other Upadesha tantras around .
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“The Mind transmission of the buddhas of three times is known as a transmission through blessings – naturally perfect blessings of all buddhas of the past and the future and of those who reside in the present. Independent of articulated words this transmission is understood and realized through the natural Sound of Dharmata.” Wellspring of the great perfection – The lives and insights of the early masters , compiled and edited by E.P. Kunsang, The Twelve Dzogchen Buddhas , An excerpt from the great history of the Heart Essence , part One belonging to the instruction section Cycle of the Heart Essence of Vimalamitra , pg 119. Rangjung Yeshe Publications. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seventeen-Tantras-of-Ati-Yoga-Dzogchen-Upadesha/100283213391348
To maintain Mind transmission / Blessings of the Buddhas through the Natural Sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chönyid kyi rangdra) there are A-ti Yoga retreats at special places , supporting Contemplation / Samadhi.
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1.2. the Importance of Dra Thal Gyur tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha is well explained by Chogyal Namkahi Norbu Rinpoche
who gave reading transmission or lung of Dra Thal Gyur tantra on open webcast from Dzamlingar , Teneriffe; 08-10 May 2015 :« Dra Thalgyur (sgra thal ‘gyur) is the abbreviated title of the Dzogchen Upadesha Tantra named rin po che ‘byung bar byed pa sgra thal ‘gyur chen po’i rgyud. Guru Garab Dorje re-transmitted this tantra about 300 years before Jesus was born. The Dra Thalgyur has 6 chapters with a total of 168 questions & answers in about 200 folios. These questions include everything we always wanted to know about Dzogchen but did not know how to ask. It is the most important Dzogchen text but it is very difficult and condensed. During a period of about 3 years, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu edited 2 editions of Vimalamitra’s commentary on the Dra Thalgyur. Korde Randrol (‘khor ‘das rang grol) means the self-liberation of samsara and nirvana. We are very fortunate that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu will transmit these profound teachings. (Jim Valby, 2013)«
There is a team of translators at Shang shung institute lead by Elio Guarisco who is also in the process of translating Dra Thal Gyur tantra into English .
Every Buddhist sacred text can be understood on four levels : outer, inner, secret and most secret . Upadesha in this sense means most secret category of Ati yoga Dzogchen (Tib. Managde) .Upadesha means secret instructions fort he Ati yoga Buddhist practitioners /contemplators to achieve Rainbow body … Every translator will translate it according to his own level of understanding . Most profound translation would come from a Translator who has Direct transmission of the Buddhas , as explained in the above quotation :
»“The Mind transmission of the buddhas of three times is known as a transmission through blessings – naturally perfect blessings of all buddhas of the past and the future and of those who reside in the present. Independent of articulated words this transmission is understood and realized through the natural Sound of Dharmata.”
Tibetan translators who worked with master Vimalamitra on the second of floor of the Samye temple in 8th Century Tibet , among them Kawa Paltseg , surely had direct transmission of the Buddhas . It was precisely Dzogchen master Vimalamitra who brought Dra Thal Gyur tantra to Tibet and contained it in his Vima Nyingthig lineage of Ati Yoga Dzogchen .
1.3. How to practice secret Sound of our True nature ?
Dzogchen master Longchenpa wrote three sections of Semdzins :
a) the mind finds the calm state
b) overcoming attachment to body and mind
c) understanding the real condition of existence
In the cathegory »Overcoming attachment to body and mind » we find Semdzin of the Sound .
Ideally it would be that the Translator listen to the Natural Sound of the Dharmata while translating Dra Thal Gyur root tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha .
Chris Wilkinson has done great Service to the Dharma by translating Dra Thal Gyur tantra into English and publishing it in uncomplicated format available to all . Its especially good that he included Tibetan text :
Images from the rNying ma rgyud ‘bum … , National library , Royal government of Bhutan , Thimphu , 1982 , 46 Vols , Volume 12, pp 2-173 .
Dra Thal Gyur tantra is also available from Vimala treasures in USA :
There is transliteration of Dra Thal Gyur tantra :
1.4. Personal experiences with the Sound contemplation :
According to my reseach over thirty years of Buddhist study and practice all vehicles of Buddhist Dharma have some relation with the Sound : they understand the Sound from outside to inside , gradually deepening the understanding of innate Buddha nature or Tathagatagharba in ourselves . I began to be very interested in the Sound meditation already in 1987 when reading Mind seal of the Buddhas , an important Chan/Zen text of ancient masters . When I read : The Sound of Tathagatas is therefore unimpeded …« I immediately »woke up« and began my search for Buddhist teachers who could somehow transmit or awaken this Knowledge in me …
Perfect lineage of the Unimpeded Sound of Dharmata /Penetration of Sound comes from Samantabhadra Buddha Dharmakaya , to Vajrasattva Buddha Sambhogakaya , to Nirmanakaya Buddha Garab Dorje and to lineage holders such as Vimalamitra, Padmasambhava , Yeshe Tshogyal…. Longchenpa , Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche .
I especially asked again and again Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche about the Sound contemplation and studied with him with this aim from 1998-2006 .
☼ ཨ ๑۩۞۩๑ OM SVASTI : Precious Tsawai Lama Thinley Norbu Rinpoche – who transmitted Ati yoga Dzogchen lineage to me in Spring 2001, is now reincarnated in Bhutan..Rinpoche wrote Long-life prayer for me on the Dakini day, March 30, 2000 , after performing special puja . “May we rejuvenate the Wisdom Body and abide forever with immeasurable Buddhas.” Eighteen years have passed since then : I am doing my best to uphold endangered Lineage of the Natural sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chonyid kyi rangdra) from the Nyingma Essence (Tib. Ngowo) dimension . My Dharma works are reflected at the Heritage of mankind (WordPress with 181 Alive Dharma teachings) , 58 Visual Dharmas for 21st Century at our OpenBuddhistForum International youtube channel and elsewhere .☼ ཨ ๑۩۞۩๑ Dakini day, March 11, 2018
1.5. The Aim
Of this Dharma dharma discurse it to make the Lineage of Dra Thal Gyur root tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha alive in this world . Penetration of Sound sacred Buddhist text should never become intellectual discussion among different kinds of scholars or monks in the debates . Since Lord of Refuge Shakyamuni Buddha is also Lineage holder of the Penetration of Sound , this sacred text must be threated with uttermost Respect and appreciation . Garab Dorje was emanation of both Shakyamuni Buddha and of Padmasambhava . Shakyamuni Buddha is among Twelve Dzogchen Buddhas ….
Further quotation from the Penetration of Sound are found in Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche monumental Dharma work : Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism . Indeed most mystic quotation from the Penetration of Sound are found there …
»Concerning the holders of this illuminating doctrine (of the great perfection9 during this present age , it says in the Root tantra of the penetration of Sound (sgra thal-‘gyur rtsa-ba’i rgyud , NGB Vol. 10):
After I have passes into nirvana,
In the western land of Oddiyana ,
The divine lady of Dhanakoša
Will bear a fatherless son , Vajra-He;
Who will uphod the genuine teaching.«
We can understand that Garab Dorje or Prahevajra was emanation of Shakyamuni Buddha and of Padmasambhava . He brought to our human realm six millions hundred thousands Dzogchen Ati yoga tantras . His main teaching is found in the Three statements , contained in Visual Dharma :
1.6. How are the Three testaments of Garab Dorje connected to the Penetration of Sound root tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha ?
1.Recognise your Nature : to recognise our True nature one needs Direct introduction to the Natural Sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chonyid kyi rangdra) . Since the Natural sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chonyid) is inherent part of us , primordially present in us , primordially pure (Tib. Kadak) and spontaneously present (Tib. Lhundrub) , gifted contemplators can turn their attention inward and contemplate Primoridally pure Sound . This is especially true in very relaxed state : relaxation is part of Ati yoga Dzogchen Trekcho practice . Contemplating Natural Sound of Dharmata happens effortlesly as part of Ati yoga Dzogchen Todgal contemplations (first vision of Todgal). From first vision we develop contemplation of the Secret Sound further ….
These instructions are related to the second Statement of Garab Dorje :
Don*t remain in doubts and Third Statement : Continue in that state .
Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam taught that Trekcho and Todgal of Dzogchen Ati yoga must be practiced as a Unity . Contemplating Natural sound of Dharmata – our pure Nature gives us perfect opportunity to do so.
We created Visual Dharma/video Nyingma Vajrayana which gives us perfect explanation about Three lineages of transmission in Nyingma Vajrayana ,
beginning with primordial Buddha Samantabhadra/Samantabhadri (Dharmakaya), Vajrasattva Buddha with Consort (Sambhogakaya) and Guru Garab Dorje (Nirmanakaya) . You may read about Ati yoga Dzogchen at the age of Thirty –three , but it needs many years of diligent Dharma practice, devotion to the Buddhas, accumulation of merit and wisdom to actually directly undertand how Ati yoga is your own primordial State . This is well explained in the Base-Path-Fruit of Ati yoga Dzogchen so clearly presented in the Wish-granting prayer of Samantabhadra Buddha (Tib. Kunzang Monlam) .
Without faith one can not recognise one*s own primordial state : Shakyamuni Buddha said himself : »For people without (deep)faith its impossible to recognise their own Buddha nature , the same like we can not expect the sprout from the burned seed… » Faith is this sunlight that helps our Buddha nature to awaken , to sprout… Then we need the Path accumulation of merit and wisdom , removing our negative karmic traces , like purifying river sand from the grains of gold … We are going deeper and deeper into understanding and accomplishing our Primordial state of Dharmakaya , united with Three primordial wisdoms : Sound-Light-Rays . Chogyal Namkai Norbu gives clear explanation about three modes of energy : Tsal-Rolpa-Dan . Secret Sound belongs to the most secret mode of our Primordialy pure energy , manifesting as Sambhogakaya . Those of us who practice sadhana : Shitro Yoga of peaceful and wrathful manifestations by Dzogchen master Mingyur Dorje know exactly what is being refered here . Dharma practice must be done with enthusiasm and joy : nobody is forcing you to practice the Dharma path , everyone is responsible for his or her own Enlightenment . Shakyamuni Buddha said : »I show you the path, but liberation depends on you .« Therefore Buddhist path is so unique way out of samsara or cyclic existence : it doesn*t depend on any creator god , but on our own effroets, our own wisdom and intelligence , on the blessings of the Buddhas who already followed this enlightened Path long before us …Lets*s follow on Their Footsteps . Sarwa mangalam – All blessings .
1.7. Why is this Ati yoga Dzogchen lineage endangered ?
Ancient generations of Dzogchen practitioners attained Rainbow body of great transference : Garab Dorje, Manjushrimitra, Shri Singha , Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal, Senge Wangchuk . Next generations attained Rainbow body : terton Nyala Pema Dundul and many others . Other Ati yoga practitioners and masters accomplished Rainbow body with remainders : Ayu Khandro and many others … also in recent centuries .
Why are accomplishments not increasing but decreasing ? Its my firm beleive that the main reason is this : nowdays almost nobody teaches how to unite the View with meditation and Activities . Although Dzogchen lineage holder gave this very clear advice :
»Descend with the View, ascend with the conduct«
This is most neglected teaching in present century !
People hallucinate about high View of emptiness and clarity like they have high altitude sickness , but their conduct /behaviour remains like ordinary samsaric beings . Dzogchen developed into a intellectual phylosophy , not much into the way of living . Dzogchen was kidnaped by intellectuals who include into it their own delluded ideas and wrong views . Since Shakyamuni Buddha is lineage holder of Ati yoga Dzogchen, he taught the Eightfold noble path and the Four noble truths to be essential part of Buddhist Dharma . There is no contradiction between basic Buddhist teachings and Ati yoga Dzogchen then . Even more to understand when we remember that Garab Dorje was emanation of Shakyamuni Buddha !
And Shakyamuni Buddha taught the basic Buddhist ethics included in Five precepts (Skt: pancasila) . This must be known to all practicing Buddhists .
I am not moralising at all ! But nowdays in this Kali yuga when you mention Buddhist ethics of pancasila people might laught at you ! What is this »traditionalist« telling us ?! We are free to do as we please ! Never doing any prostrations to Buddha Shakyamuni they can not lower theri arrogant egos at all . Maybe the »crown of dellusions« would fall from their heads if they would practice prostrations to Shakyamuni Buddha . Somebody who is not able to understand why keeping the Five ethical precepts of Buddhism are important for him or her, certainly doesn*t have the capacity to practice the View and meditation of Ati yoga Dzogchen . Particullary people who eat animal food , drink alcohol , use drugs etc . lack the Bodhicitta and awareness . Buddhist path of enlightenment is much swifter to accomplish when one has devotion to the Buddhas , not only intellectual understanding , but devotion from the heart . Remember that Mind to Mind transmission between the buddhas happens through Devotion and is hearable as Natural sound of your innate pure Buddha nature .
1.8. Ati yoga Dzogchen Upadesha instructions are self-secret . You might read them here, but you are not able to comprehend . Those who have purified energy , can understand . Fort them these instructions are crystal clear like the buddha on the palm of their hand … To those who don*t yet comprehend , may these instructions serve as wake up call , like bamboo stick (Japanese zen stick Kyosaku ) on their shoulders ! It is my uttermost wish that the English translation of Dra Thal Gyur tantra of Dzogchen Upadesha , published by Chris Wilkinson, serve as a reminder to contemplate the Penetration of secret Sound in ourselves. These sacred text should never become dry speculation of intellectuals and other nihilists .
1.9. The Jewel Maker
»The king of the tantras is the Consequence ,
This most secret and unserpassed teaching
Is right here .
Beleive it !
All of the entourage,
Who have appeared there naturally ,
Were totally delighted ,
And they gave birth to the thought of joy .
Then they took the vow of promisse :
Anyone who reads this Tantra
And holds onto it ,
Who copies it and retains it ,
Who holds it to their throats ,
And to the crown of their heads ,
Will be practicing the service of all the Buddhas .
This reminder is nicely written on the back cover of the Jewel maker .
1.6. Selected bibilography :
* The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism Vol. I, II; Dudjom Rinpoche , Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje , translated and edited by Gyurme Dorje with collaboration of Mathew Kapstein ; Wisdom publications , Boston , first edition 1991
For its breadth of vision and attention to detail, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism has become a standard and classic in its field. The translators and editors of these volumes studied and consulted with the author, Dudjom Rinpoche, before presenting the public this readable, systematic introduction to the whole of Buddhism from the viewpoint of contemporary Nyingma scholarship. Due to the scope of this work, [it includes] supplementary reference material (including visual images) to aid the reader. Several specialized bibliographies, a phonetic Tibetan-to-English index, a comprehensive table of contents, and a thoughtful introduction add to the efficiency of this exceptional work.”—Tricycle
In The Crystal and the Way of Light, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu examines the spiritual path from the viewpoint of Dzogchen. He discusses the base path and fruit of Dzogchen practice, and describes his education and how he met his principal master who showed him the real meaning of direct introduction to Dzogchen. By interweaving his life story with the teachings, he both sets Dzogchen in its traditional context and reveals its powerful contemporary relevance. The book is richly illustrated with photos of Buddhist masters, meditational deities, and Dzogchen symbols.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS6EOmNsC-Q Dzogchen Teachings on Longchenpa’s
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III. Dedication : / ♥\_NAMO AMITABHA ༀམཎིཔདྨེཧཱུྃ། 南无阿弥陀佛
May the merit and virtues accrued from this work adorn the Buddha´s Pure Land,
Repaying the four kinds of kindnesses above and relieve the sufferings of those in the three paths below.May those who see and hear of this all bring forth the heart of Understanding and live the Dharma for the rest of this life. Then be born together in the Land of Infinite Bliss. Homage to Amitabha Buddha ๑۩۞۩๑