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  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781611809336
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $48.99

The Precious Treasury of the Fundamental Nature



The first and only commentary on the Buddhist master Longchenpa's essential text on Dzogchen by modern scholar and Nyingma master, Khangsar Khenpo Tenpa'i Wangchuk.

Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), also known as Longchenpa, is a great luminary of Tibetan Buddhism. Regarded as a master of Dzogchen, or Great Perfection, Longchenpa's prolific writings have made him one of Tibet's most renowned and precious teachers. In clear and elegant verse, Longchenpa's Precious Treasury of the Fundamental Nature establishes the definitive view of the ultimate nature of mind according to the secret class of pith instructions of the Great Perfection.

Aside from the auto-commentary composed by Longchenpa himself in the fourteenth century, the first and only commentary ever to have been written on this work was composed in the twentieth century by Khangsar Khenpo Tenpa'i Wangchuk, a teacher, scholar, and preserver of Buddhist monastic and scholarly culture in Tibet. This work marks the first step in translating the collected works of this modern Nyingma master. In this commentary, Khangsar Khenpo guides Dzogchen practitioners to experience and understand the phenomena of the outer world detected by the senses as well as the subjective mental and emotional states that apprehend them in order to bring the student to a recognition and stabilized experience of ultimate truth.

  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781611809336
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $48.99

Praise for The Precious Treasury of the Fundamental Nature

“Tenpa’i Wangchuk Rinpoche’s commentary on the four profound principles of the three divisions of the Great Perfection that the Omniscient Longchenpa revealed in his Precious Treasury of the Fundamental Nature is here meticulously translated with great dedication. Merely reading this sacred treatise with devotion could fully awaken the enlightened nature of the mind as it is.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love “For those who are inspired to embrace and practice the Great Perfection, even one verse of this text can unfold its depth as a lifelong, self-revealing inner practice. These translations will change the landscape of the understanding of the Great Perfection in the Western world for those inspired to follow such a path. I am therefore ecstatically joyful for what the Padmakara Translation Group has accomplished as a gift to all of us and humanity at large.”—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of Training in Tenderness “This is a Dharma treasury by Longchenpa, containing the essential details of Trekchö and Tögal practices within the Dzogchen tradition. May every reader’s mind bloom with the wisdom flower of realization. May they recognize their own awareness and openness and go beyond all limitations.”—Yingrik Drubpa Rinpoche, founder of Gankyil Organization

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