LONGCHEN RABJAM (1308-1363) is the most celebrated scholar and adept of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. A prolific writer, his works on the Great Perfection are still considered to be the most authoritative and comprehensive writings on the subject. TULKU THONDUP was born in East Tibet and was educated at Dodrupchen Monastery from the age of six. In 1980 he came to the United States as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. For the past three decades he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he writes, translates, and teaches under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. HAROLD TALBOTT is the cofounder of the Buddhayana Foundation, an organization in Marion, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving and promoting the wisdom and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
"A treasure trove for all who aspire to have a deeper understanding of the unsurpassable tantra teachings. Now with the revised and expanded edition of this timeless classic--a must-read for all students of Buddhadharma who wish to study, understand, and practice the precious Great Completion--these invaluable teachings are further enriched. The peerless teachings of the Omniscient Longchenpa, who was Manjushri in person, and the masterful and insightful translation of Tulku Thondup give us fortunate students a masterpiece that illumines the quintessential, profound teachings of Dzogpa Chenpo."--Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, author of This Precious Life "Tulku Thondup Rinpoche has performed a service of inestimable value for all serious students of Buddhist thought. One of Tibet's greatest philosopher-sages, Longchen Rabjampa, is here made accessible to the specialist and interested nonspecialist in a manner that is authoritative, comprehensive, and clear. This book fills a major gap." --Matthew Kapstein, author of The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism "Attainment of buddhahood is not about getting somewhere else or transforming ourselves into something else. Rather, it is about realizing and perfecting the fully awakened nature of our own mind. This nature cannot be attained by holding on to something tightly or seeking something externally but only by awakening the openness nature, the intrinsic awareness, of our own mind itself, as it is."--Tulku Thondup, from the Preface to the Revised Edition "This is one of the most significant works on Tibetan Buddhism to be published in recent years, treating with grace, beauty, and depth a most important subject, namely the character of the Dzogchen tradition and its placement within the overall structure of the Nyingma doctrine and training. An understanding of Dzogchen will benefit any philosophical or religious study of Tibetan Buddhism. This is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive works on the Nyingma to appear in English."--Glenn H. Mullin, author of "From the Heart of Chenrezig" "Tulku Thondup Rinpoche has performed a service of inestimable value for all serious students of Buddhist thought. One of Tibet's greatest philosopher-sages, Longchen Rabjampa, is here made accessible to the specialist and interested non-specialist in a manner that is authoritative, comprehensive, and clear. . . . This book fills a major gap."--Matthew Kapstein, author of "The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism"