2. See Chapter 10, "The Innermost Essence," on Dzogchen. The

Dzogchen Tantras are the original teachings of Dzogchen compiled

by the first human Dzogchen master, Garab Dorje.

3. In Tibet masters did not make a show of their realization. They

may have had immense psychic powers, but nearly always they kept

them to themselves. This is what our tradition recommends. True masters

never, on any occasion, use their powers for self-aggrandizement.

They use them only when they know they will be of real benefit to

others; or in special circumstances and a special environment, they may

allow a few of their closest students to witness them.


1. Tulku Thondup, Buddha Mind (Ithaca, NY Snow Lion, 1989), 211.

2. Kalu Rinpoche, Essence of the Dharma (Delhi, India: Tibet

House), 206.

3. From "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," Blake: Complete Writings

(Oxford and New York- OUP, 1972), 154.

4. The three kayas are the three aspects of the true nature of mind

described in Chapter 4: its empty essence, radiant nature, and allpervasive

energy; see also Chapter 21, "The Universal Process."

5. Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (New York: Weatherhill,

1973), 21.


1. The Tantras are the teachings and writings that set out the practices

of Vajrayana Buddhism, the stream of Buddhism prevalent in

Tibet. The Tantric teachings are based on the principle of the transformation

of impure vision into pure vision, through working with

the body, energy, and mind. Tantric texts usually describe the mandala

and meditation practices associated with a particular enlightened

being or deity. Although they are called Tantras, the Dzogchen

Tantras are a specific category of the Dzogchen teachings, which are

not based on transformation but on self-liberation (see Chapter 10,

"The Innermost Essence").

2. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel: The Practice of Guru

Yoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition (London and Boston:

Shambhala, 1988), 51.

3. A dakini is a female embodiment of enlightened energy.

4. A stupa is a three-dimensional construction symbolizing the

mind of the buddhas. It often contains the relics of great masters.

5. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, 11. This quotation contains

many traditional elements, and a similar praise of the master is

found in the writings of Patrul Rinpoche.

6. Matthew 7:7.

7. Dilgo Khyentse, The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, 3.

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