The three traditional Nyingma texts and Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche's commentary included in this book were selected by him for their relevance to the modern-day spiritual aspirant who must combine and balance quality practice time, work time, and rest time in the course of a busy day. Guidelines for formal sitting are presented here from the Dzogchen perspective in the teachings on quiescence meditation. Practices for bringing the experiences of daily life into the spiritual path are presented in the section on transformation. Finally, the teachings on dream yoga guide the practitioner in the conscious control of the dream state as well as the bardo state at the end of life. Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche's dynamic and practical commentaries on each section are specially tailored to the needs of Western students. The result is an indispensable handbook for practitioners at all levels of experience. When the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche arrived in the West many decades ago, he was already a receptacle for an abundance of transmissions received from many of the foremost and authentic masters of our times. Since then, his noble disposition and advanced level of meditation practice has assisted innumerable people, and he has established many Dharma centers.
About the Author
B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating "summa cum laude" from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.
Sangye Khandro has been a Buddhist since 1971 and a translator of the Dharma since 1976. She has helped to establish numerous centers in the US and has served as translator for many prominent masters in all four lineages. Sangye has been the spiritual companion of the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche for nearly thirty years and has continued to help serve the centers established by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, with whom she studied and practiced for many years. Sangye Khandro is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group.
"I feel confident that the readers who take this book to heart and apply its meaning will benefit greatly."—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, author of Present Fresh Wakefulness
"With humor, warmth, and wisdom, Gyatrul Rinpoche opens these vital and much revered texts to a new generation of Buddhist practitioners."—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of Shambhala International and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally
"It is an honor to have an opportunity to praise the words of some of Vajrayana Buddhism's greatest teachers. The texts chosen here are so beneficial for practice. Gyatrul Rinpoche has dedicated himself to the propagation of these pure lineages of precious teachings in the West, and Sangye Khandro and B. Alan Wallace are both longtime practitioners, translators, and students of Gyatrul Rinpoche. Many auspicious circumstances have united to bring these wonderful teachings into English."—Lama Chöying Namgyel, The Light of Berotsana Translation Group