Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows
by Ngari Panchen, Pema Wangyi Gyalpo,
with a word-for-word commentary by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
translation by Khenpo Gyurme Samdrub and Sangye Khandro
This book is a translation of an ancient exposition, or root text, of the three levels of moral codes in Tibetan Buddhism called the dom sum (gdom gsum)—the vows of individual liberation; the vows of the bodhisattva, who selflessly strives for the enlightenment of all beings; and the vows of tantra, the esoteric path of Mahayana practice. For the first time, a comprehensive explanation of these vows is presented with explanatory teachings on how to practice them in everyday life.
The main body of this volume is a word-for-word commentary by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, one of the foremost Nyingma scholars of his time, on the role of ethics and morality in Buddhist practice. This book also contains an introduction by Venerable Yangthang Tulku with a complete biography of Ngari Panchen, one of the most esteemed scholars of 16th-century Tibet.