Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism

Its Fundamentals and History

Author : Dudjom Rinpoche, Translated by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein

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Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism

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  • Publisher : Wisdom Publications
  • Published : 2002
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 1584
  • Size : 246 x 162mm
  • Category :
    Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma
  • Catalogue No : 14761
  • ISBN 13 : 9780861711994
  • ISBN 10 : 0861711998
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The long-awaited reprint of this monumental and definitive study of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism. This is one of the master works of recent Buddhist scholarship. Written by the late head of the Nyingma sect, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, the book covers in detail and depth both the main teachings and the history of the Nyingma tradition.

In the section on the teachings, Dudjom Rinpoche delineates the entire range of the Buddhist spiritual and philosophical systems. These form a dynamic gradation of experience, from the mundane level of cyclic existence to that of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen.

In the section on the history of the school, a fascinating account is given of the religious development of Tibet, from the seventh century until the present day. Included are numerous biographies of the major teachers in the lineage, and a rectification of misconceptions and criticisms concerning the Nyingma school. Extensive notes and records of source materials round out a volume of immense importance.

"It is a work which communicates the highest wisdom of the Nyingma lineage to the English-speaking world." Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche.

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LIST OF CONTENTS


SECTION ONE: THE TRANSLATIONS

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche
Preface to the Second Edition
Credits for Illustrations and Maps
Technical Note
Guide to Pronunciation
Abbreviations for Section One




BOOK ONE: FUNDAMENTALS OF THE NYINGMA SCHOOL OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM


Detailed Contents of Book One
Translator's Introduction

THE TEXT

Verses of Invocation
Introduction

PART ONE: DOCTRINES OF SAMSARA AND NIRVANA

1 The Essence and Definition of Dharma 51
2 Doctrines of Samsãra 54
3 Doctrines of Nirvana 70
4 Transmitted Precepts 73
5 Treatises 88
6 Quantitative Treatises 97
7 Treatises of Inner Science 108

PART TWO: THE NATURE OF THE TEACHER ENDOWED
WITH TRUE BUDDHA-BODIES

Introduction 113
1 Samantabhadra, the Buddha-body of Reality 115
2 Vajradhara, the Emanation of Samantabhadra 120
3 The Two Buddha-bodies of Form 123
4 The Five Buddha-bodies and Five Pristine Cognitions 139
5 Distinctive Attributes of the Buddha-bodies and Pristine Cognitions 144


PART THREE: CAUSAL VEHICLES OF DIALECTICS

Introduction 151
1 The Three Promulgations of the Doctrinal Wheel 153
2 The Lesser Vehicle 156
3 The Greater Vehicle 160
4 The Superiority of Great Madhyamaka to Mind Only 178
5 The Provisional and Definitive Meaning of the Transmitted Precepts 187
6 The Enlightened or Buddha Family 191
7 The Two Truths According to Great Madhyamaka 206
8 Key to the Appraisal of Causal Vehicle Texts 217
9 A Recapitulation of the Causal Vehicles 223


PART FOUR: RESULTANT VEHICLES OF SECRET MANTRA

Introduction 241
1 The Superiority of Secret Mantra 243
2 The Essence and Definition of Secret Mantra 257
3 The Three Continua of Ground, Path and Result 263
4 The Four Tantrapitaka 268
5 Mahayoga 275
6 Anuyoga 284
7 Key to the Appraisal of Secret Mantra Texts 290
8 The Superiority of Atiyoga, the Great Perfection 294
9 The Definition of Atiyoga 311
10 The Divisions of Atiyoga 319
11 A Recapitulation of the Resultant Vehicles 346


CONCLUSION

1 Concluding Remarks 375
2 Dedicatory Verses 376
3 Colophon 378


BOOK TWO: HISTORY OF THE NYINGMA SCHOOL OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM

Detailed Contents of Book Two 383
Translators' Introduction 393


THE TEXT

Verses of Invocation 403


PART ONE: THE ORIGIN OF THE PRECIOUS TEACHING OF THE CONQUEROR IN THIS WORLD

Introduction 409
1 The Coming of Buddha, Teacher of the Doctrine 411
2 The Collecting of Transmitted Precepts by Councils 428
3 The Patriarchs of the Teaching 432
4 The Preservation of the Teaching and Spread of the Greater Vehicle 440

PART TWO: THE RISE OF THE PRECIOUS TEACHING OF SECRET MANTRA

Introduction 445
1 The Turning of the Secret Mantra Wheel 447
2 The Collecting of Transmitted Precepts by Different Compilers 451
3 The Emergence of this Teaching in the Human World 452
4 The Lineage of Mahayoga, the Class of Tantras 458
5 The Lineage of Mahayoga, the Class of Means for Attainment 475
6 The Lineage of Anuyoga, the Perfection Stage 485
7 The Lineage of Atiyoga, the Great Perfection 490
8 Concluding Remarks 502


PART THREE: THE ORIGIN OF THE CONQUEROR'S TEACHING IN TIBET

Introduction 507
1 The Three Ancestral Religious Kings 510
2 The Decline and Expansion of the Doctrine during the Intermediate Period 523
3 The Revival and Later Expansion of the Teaching 524

PART FOUR: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THREE INNER
CLASSES OF TANTRA IN TIBET

Introduction 531
1 Mahayoga and Anuyoga 533
2 The Mental and Spatial Classes of Atiyoga 538
3 The Esoteric Instructional Class of Atiyoga, the Innermost Spirituality 554
4 Longcen Rapjampa 575


PART FIVE: THE DISTANT LINEAGE OF TRANSMITTED
PRECEPTS

Introduction 599
1 The Lineage of Nyak 601
2 The Lineage of Nup 607
3 The Lineage of the Zur Family 617
4 Biographies of the Rong Tradition 650
5 Dotokpa's Lineage of the Zur Tradition 685
6 Biographies of the Kham Tradition 688
7 Miscellaneous Lineages of the Zur and Kham Traditions 700
8 Rongzom Chöki Zangpo 703
9 The Traditions of Vajrakila 710
10 The Lineages of the Empowerment of the 'Sütra which Gathers All Intentions' 717
11 Later Lineages of the Transmitted Precepts 733

PART SIX: THE CLOSE LINEAGES OF THE TREASURES

1 The Nature, Purpose and Kinds of Treasure 743
2 Biographies of the Treasure-finders 750
3 Sangye Lama 751
4 Trapa Ngonshe 753
5 Nyang-rel Nyima Ozer 755
6 Guru Chöki Wangcuk 760
7 Como Menmo 771
8 Orygen Lingpa 775
9 Ngodrup Gyeltsen or Rikdzin Gödemcen 780
10 Sangye Lingpa 784
11 DorjeLingpa 789
12 Ratna Lingpa 793
13 Pema Lingpa 796
14 Karma Lingpa 800
15 Thangtong Gyelpo 802
16 Ngari Pancen Pema Wangyel 805
17 Rikdzin Jatson Nyingpo 809
18 Rikdzin Düdül Dorje 813
19 Lhatsün Namka Jikme 818
20 The Fifth Dalai Lama 821
21 Rikdzin Terdak Lingpa, the Great Treasure-finder of Mindroling 825
22 Jikme Lingpa 835
23 Chogyur Decen Lingpa 841
24 Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo 849
25 Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye 859
26 Mipham Jamyang Namgyel Gyamtso 869
Conclusion 881

PART SEVEN: A RECTIFICATION OF MISCONCEPTIONS
CONCERNING THE NYINGMA SCHOOL

1 General Reply to Criticisms of the Nyingmapa Tantras 887
2 On the View of the Great Perfection 896
3 Response to Critics of the 'Sütra which Gathers All Intentions' 911
4 Response to Critics of the 'Root Tantra of the Secret Nucleus' 914
5 The Continuity of the Nyingmapa Tradition and its Impact on the Other Schools 918
6 On the Validity of the Treasures 927
7 The Shortcomings of Refutation and Proof 929
8 On The Prophecies Found in the Treasures 934
9 The Relationship between the Nyingmapa and Ponpo Traditions 936
10 On the "Bad Luck of the Nyingmapa" 938

PART EIGHT: THE CHRONOLOGY OF' THE DOCTRINE

1 Duration of the Doctrine 943
2 A Chronology of the Buddha's Life 946
3 From the Buddha's Final Nirvana until the Beginning of the First
Tibetan Sexagenary Cycle 948
4 From the Beginning of the First Sexagenary Cycle to the Present 951
5 Some Prophecies 960

CLOSING STATEMENTS

1 Primary Sources 965
2 Concluding Benedictions 967
3 Colophon 972

SECTION TWO: REFERENCE MATERIAL

Contents
Introduction
Guide to Pronunciation
Abbreviations for Section Two


NOTES

1 Fundamentals 3
2 Histoiy 27

GLOSSARY OF ENUMERATIONS

Introduction 103
Glossary of Enumerations 105

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Introduction 191
Part One: Works Cited by the Author
Works Cited by the Author 199

Part Two: Works Referred to by the Translators
1 Indic Texts 293
2 Tibetan Texts 297
3 Secondary Literature 301
4 Addenda to the Bibliography 316

ARTIFACTS AND MATERIAL TREASURES

Introduction 320
Artifacts and Material Treasures 321


INDEX OF TECHNICAL TERMS

Introduction 331
Index of Technical Terms 333

INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES

Introduction 391
Index of Personal Names 393

INDEX OF LOCATIONS

Introduction 453
Index of Locations 455

MAPS

Introduction 489
1 Buddhist India and Adjacent Regions 490
2 North-Central India 492
3 Tibet 494
4 Western Tibet and Nepal 496
5 North-Central Tibet 498
6 South-Central Tibet and Bhutan 500
7 North-West Kham 502
8 South-West Kham 506
9 Amdo 508
10 North-East Kham 510
11 South-East Kham 512

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