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The Guhyagarbha
Secret Essence Tantra Series 

 

The Guhyagarbha Tantra
Secret Essence Definitive Nature Just As It Is/Sangwa'i Nyingpo

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Thorough Dispelling of Darkness throughout the Ten Directions/Chok Chu Munsel
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Essence of Clear Light/Ödsal Nyingpo
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Key to the Precious Treasury/Dzod Kyi De Mig
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Under the guidance of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche through the lineage of H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok, Light of Berotsana translators, Lama Chönam and Sangye Khandro have translated the root text of The Guhyagarbha Tantra, as well as three of the most important commentaries ever written that elucidate its meaning.

This extensive project has taken 15 years to complete from the time when the first oral teachings were given by Khenpo Namdrol in 1996 at Namdroling Monastery in India under the authorization of H.H. Penor Rinpoche.

The Secret Essence Tantra is the most advanced and extensively studied tantra within the Nyingma lineage. The twenty-two chapters of this tantra illuminate the difficult key points of Secret Mantra Vajrayana by revealing the fundamental nature of phenomena to be primordially awakened as great, inseparable purity and evenness.

This text describes the three tantras of the ground, path, and result and explains the topics of tantra needed to perfect the practice. If one studies all three commentaries presented here, one can attain a comprehensive view of this great tantra presented from three different perspectives.

For this series, Light of Berotsana presents three beautiful hardbound books of the root-text translations published by Snow Lion Publications, as well as transcripts, offered at Light of Berotsana, of extensive oral teachings given by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche at various dharma centers over the years, with oral translation by Sangye Khandro and assisted by Lama Chönam.

[Restricted Materials]
To purchase any of the following published materials, one must have the empowerment/wang, the oral transmission/lung, and the permission of a qualified lama.

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The Guhyagarbha Tantra
Secret Essence Definitive Nature Just As It Is
Sangwa'i Nyingpo 

with commentary by Longchen Rabjam called
Thorough Dispelling of Darkness throughout the Ten Directions/Chok Chu Munsel

The first part of this volume contains the translation of the root Guhyagarbha Tantra with the Tibetan. The second part is an extensive word-for-word commentary by the great Longchenpa, which is an extremely profound and important treatise that clarifies the absolute wisdom intent of the tantras. This commentary gives uncommon explanations regarding all stages of Vajrayana practice, including comprehensive teachings from the dzogchen point of view on how to practice and accomplish the path to enlightenment.

Hardcover Book

Root translations by Light of Berotsana,
Available through Light of Berotsana - B-GGDD - $150
Also available at Shambhala Publications -  $150

 

Transcripts and Audio

Light of Berotsana offers written transcripts of the oral teachings given by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, as well as audio CDs. These transcripts and CDs contain a vast amount of information that elaborates on the actual root texts, which was given to Khen Rinpoche by his esteemed teachers of The Guhyagarbha Tantra—primarily H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

First Year: Hawaii, 2003
Printed Transcript, 2 volumes, 457 pages – #T-DD03 – $108
Electronic Transcript – #ET-DD03 – $50
Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-DD03 – $120
Audio CD, MP3 format – Item#A-DD03 – $60

Second Year: Orgyen Dorje Den, Alameda, CA, 2004
Printed Transcript, 2 volumes, 809 pages – #T-DD04 – $108
Electronic Transcript – #ET-DD04 – $50
Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-DD04 – $120
Audio CD, MP3 format – #A-DD04 – $60

Third Year – Orgyen Dorje Den, Alameda, CA, 2005
Printed Transcript, 2 volumes, 875 pages – #T-DD05 – $108
Electronic Transcript – #ET-DD05 – $50
Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-DD05 – $120
Audio CD, MP3 format – #A-DD05 – $60

Fourth Year – Orgyen Dorje Den, Alameda, CA, 2006
Printed Transcript, 2 volumes, 548 pages – #T-DD06 – $108
Electronic Transcript – #ET-DD06 – $50
Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-DD06 – $120
Audio CD, MP3 format – #A-DD06 – $60

Available through Light of Berotsana. How to order

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Essence of Clear Light
Ödsal Nyingpo 

by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, Jampal Gyepa’i Dorje

This volume is Mipham Rinpoche’s concise commentary to The Guhyagarbha Tantra.

The teachings contained in Essence of Clear Light are not only useful for dharma practice in general, but especially applicable for the practice of the three innermost yogas of Secret Mantra. For that application, there are the eleven topics well known throughout the teaching of tantra that are clearly elucidated in this text.

The 11 topics are: the nature as it is—the view, immovable—samadhi, forsaking the past—conduct, the array—mandala, traversing the stages—empowerment, not transgressing—samaya, pursuing the goal—accomplishment, presentation to the places—offerings, the manifestation—enlightened activity, binding—mudra, and recitation—mantra.

These topics are the crucial points of the path through which the common and supreme siddhis are brought to fruition. As Mipham Rinpoche points out in this commentary: if these topics are not understood, then there is no other method through which the final result on the path can be achieved.

Hardcover Book
Root translation by Light of Berotsana

Available through Light of Berotsana, #B-ECL – $95
Also available at Shambhala Publications - $95

 

Transcripts and Audio

Light of Berotsana offers a written transcript of the oral teachings given by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, as well as audio CDs. This transcript and CDs contain a vast amount of information that elaborates on the actual root text, which was given to Khen Rinpoche by his esteemed teachers of The Guhyagarbha Tantra—primarily H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Oral teachings given at Tashi Chöling, 1999:

Printed Transcript, 2 volumes, 643 pages – #T-ECL – $108
Electronic Transcript – #ET-ECL – $50
Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-ECL – $120
Audio CD – #A-ECL – $60 
Available through Light of Berotsana 

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Key to the Precious Treasury
Dzod Kyi De Mig
 

by Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa’i Nyima

As the author, Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa’i Nyima, himself has said, “This glorious Secret Essence Tantra possesses eight great features. It is the king of all tantras, pinnacle of all vehicles, origin of all doctrines, general commentary for all scriptural transmissions, core wisdom intent of all the victorious ones, ultimate state of all results, path that all tathagatas have embarked upon, and great path of all true practitioners.” This commentary to The Guhyagarbha Tantra synthesizes the meaning of all 18 Mahayoga tantras from the perspective of the author’s personal realization and authoritative scholarship.

Hardcover Book
Root translation by Light of Berotsana

Available through Light of Berotsana #B-KPT – $95
Also available at Shambhala Publications - $95
 

 

Transcripts and Audio

Light of Berotsana offers written transcripts of the oral teachings given by Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, as well as audio CDs. These transcripts and CDs contain a vast amount of information that elaborates on the actual root text, which was given to Khen Rinpoche by his esteemed teachers of The Guhyagarbha Tantra—primarily H.H. Jigmed Phuntsok and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

 

Oral teachings given at Lerab Ling, France 2003-2006:

1st Year Printed Transcript, 1 volume, 225 pages – #T-KPT03 – $60
1st Year Electronic Transcript – #ET-KPT03 – $40
1st Year Printed & Electronic Transcript – #T2-KPT03 – $75

2nd Year Printed Transcript, 1 volume, 273 pages - #T-KPT04 - $60
2nd Year Electronic Transcript - #ET-KPT04 - $40
2nd Year Printed & Electronic Transcript - #T2-KPT04 - $75

Audio CD, all four years, MP3 format – #A-KPT – $60
Available through Light of Berotsana  

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Guhyagarbha Mandala Diagram


Available at Light of Berotsana
8.5"x11", laminated - #GGMD – $10

 

Lama Chonam