17 Tantras


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Seventeen tantras The first human vidyadhara in the Dzogchen lineage is Garab Dorje, who compiled the 6,400,000 tantras of the Great Perfection. He entrusted these teachings to his main disciple, Manjushrimitra, who classified these into Three Sections of Dzogchen: Mind Section, Space Section, and Instruction Section. The chief disciple of Manjushrimitra, the great master Shri Singha, divided the Instruction Section into The Four Cycles of Nyingthig: the Outer, Inner, Secret, and Innermost Unexc
  Seventeen tantrasThe first human vidyadhara in the Dzogchen lineage is Garab Dorje, who compiled the6,400,000 tantras of the Great Perfection. He entrusted these teachings to his main disciple,Manjushrimitra, who classified these into Three Sections of Dzogchen: Mind Section,Space Section, and Instruction Section.The chief disciple of Manjushrimitra, the great master Shri Singha, divided the InstructionSection into The Four Cycles of Nyingthig: the Outer, Inner, Secret, and InnermostUnexcelled Cycles.The Innermost Unexcelled Cycle consists of seventeen tantras. These are eighteen whenadding the Ngagsung Tromay Tantra, which is focused on the protective rites of Ekajati.According to the system of Padmakara, there are ninteen when including the LongselBarwey Tantra.These tantras teach in full all the requirements for one person to practice and revealcomplete buddhahood within a single lifetime. Each tantra is not dependent upon the others but is complete in itself. _______________ The 'Seventeen tantras of the esoteric instruction cycle' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: man ngag sde'i rgyud bcu bdun )which are supports for the Vima Nyingthig are as follows (in no particular order):La descripción en el segundo párrafo proviene de Khenpo Ngagchung, llamado NgawangPalsang. (1879-1941). A khenpo at Katok and a very important reviver of the scholasticlineage of expounding the Dzogchen scriptures. Considered to be incarnation of bothVimalamitra and Longchenpa. Chatral Rinpoche is one of his last living disciples. [RY]1) 'Self-existing Perfection' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rdzogs parang byung)The Tantra of Self-Existing Perfection (rdzogs pa rang byung) teaches how to prepare to bea suitable recipient of the teachings by means of the four empowerments.2) 'Without Letters' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: yi ge med pa)The Tantra of No Letters (yi ge med pa'i rgyud) describes the actual means of practice, howto abandon activities and live in places free from defects, the four ways of 'freely resting,'sustaining naturalness as well as the undefiled method of the main part of practice.3) 'Self-arising Primordial Awareness' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rig parang shar)The Tantra of Self-Manifest Awareness (rig pa rang shar gyi rgyud) teaches how to resolvethe view, meditation, and action.  4) 'Self-liberated Primordial Awareness' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rig pa rang grol)The Tantra of Self-Liberated Awareness (rig pa rang grol gyi rgyud) teaches howawareness is uncreated but is liberated by itself, how to control appearances, to growfamiliar with the vajra chain, and to naturally free all of samsara and nirvana.5) 'Piled Gems' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rin po che spung ba)The Tantra of Piled Gems (rin chen spungs pa'i rgyud) explains how all the qualitiesmanifest are all the essence of space and awareness.6) 'Shining Relics of Enlightened Body' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie:sku gdung 'bar ba)The Tantra of Shining Relics (sku gdung 'bar ba'i rgyud) describes the outer and inner signsof awareness reaching maturity which are manifest before and after the time of death inorder to inspire and instill confidence in other persons.7) 'Reverberation of Sound' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: sgra thal 'gyur)Dra Thalgyur Root Tantra (sgra thal 'gyur rtsa ba'i rgyud) explains how to reveal the levelof nirmanakaya and how to accomplish the welfare of others through practices related tosound.8) 'Great Auspicious Beauty' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: bkrashis mdzes ldan)The Tantra of Graceful Auspiciousness (bkra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud) teaches how toestablish the nature of awareness and how to identify the basis of confusion and unmistakenwisdom.9) 'The Mirror of the Heart of Vajrasattva' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rdo rje sems dpa' snying gi me long)The Tantra of the Mind Mirror of Vajrasattva (rdo rje sems dpa' snying gi me long) teacheshow the lamps are the self-display of awareness. By means of 21 pointing-out instructions,the different types of people recognize wisdom. It further teaches the four key points andhow to practice.10) 'The Mirror of the Mind of Samantabhadra' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: kun tu bzang po thugs kyi me long) 3. TheTantra of the Heart Mirror of Samantabhadra (kun tu bzang po thugs kyi me long) showshow to identify and cut through pitfalls and errors and how to establish what is innate.11) 'Direct Introduction' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: ngo sprodspras pa)  The Tantra of Pointing-Out Instructions (ngo sprod sprad pa'i rgyud) describes applying theessence of awareness in one's practice through various indications.12) 'Necklace of Precious Pearls' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: mu tig rin po che'i phreng ba)The Pearl Garland Tantra (mu tig phreng ba'i rgyud) is taught for the sake of preventingawareness from straying back by means of bringing it to maturation. It teaches how to practice, reach familiarity and liberation.13) 'Sixfold Expanse of Samantabhadra' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: kun tu bzang po klong drug)The Tantra of the Six Spheres of Samantabhadra (kun tu bzang po klong drug pa'i rgyud)teaches how to prevent rebirth in and purify the six realms, and manifest the pure realms of self-display.14) 'Blazing Lamp' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: sgron ma 'bar ba)The Blazing Lamp Tantra (sgron ma 'bar ba'i rgyud) teaches how to identify the lamps related to awareness, their terminology, analogies for how wisdom arises, the unity of awareness, how to clear misconceptions about self-cognizance, and how to practice.15) 'Union of the Sun and Moon' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: nyi zla kha sbyor)The Union of the Sun and Moon Tantra (nyi zla kha sbyor gyi rgyud) shows whichexperience a person undergoes in the intermediate state, the bardo, after passing away. Itteaches how to resolve one's master's oral instructions during the bardo of this life, how tostabilize awareness during the bardo of dying, how to attain enlightenment throughrecognizing awareness during the bardo of dharmata, and, if necessary, how to be assured arebirth in a natural nirmanakaya realm during the bardo of becoming and there attain buddhahood without further rebirths.16) 'Lion's Perfect Expressive Power' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: seng gertsal rdzogs)The Tantra of the Perfected Lion (seng ge rtsal rdzogs kyi rgyud) explains degrees of  progress and signs which occur, how to stabilize awareness and increase the level of experience.17) 'Array of Jewels' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: nor bu phra bkod)The Tantra of Studded Jewels (nor bu bkra bkod) shows how to eliminate the defects andsidetracks connected to the view and the practice of meditation, conduct, and fruition.18.a) Vima nyingtik: The Tantra of the Black Wrathful Shri Ekajati (dpal e ka dza ti nag mokhros ma'i rgyud) describes how to protect the practitioner against harms inflicted byothers.   b) Khandro Nyingtik: Tantra of Samantabhadri, the Brilliant Expanse of the Sun (kun tu bzang mo klong gsal nyi ma'i rgyud)These Seventeen Tantras are to be found in the Canon of the Ancient School, the 'NyingmaGyubum' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: rnying ma rgyud 'bum), volumes 9and 10, folio numbers 143-159 of the edition edited by 'Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche'commonly known as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (Thimpu, Bhutan, 1973), reproduced fromthe manuscript preserved at 'Tingkye Gonpa Jang' (Tibetan: མམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམམ ; Wylie: gting skyes dgon pa byang) Monastery in Tibet.Vimalamitra united the explanatory lineage with scriptures and the hearing lineage withoutscriptures and concealed these, to be revealed in the future as the Nyingthig teachingsrenowned as Vima Nyingthig, and also as the Secret Heart Essence of Vimalamitra (bi ma'igsang ba snying thig). Longchenpa clarified these in his fifty-one sections of LamaYangthig.Padmakara concealed his teachings on the Innermost Unexcelled Cycle, to be revealed inthe future as Khandro Nyingthig, the Heart Essence of the Dakinis. Longchenpa alsoclarified these teachings in his Khandro Yangthig.These four exceptional sets of Dzogchen instructions are contained, together withLongchenpa's additional teachings Zabmo Yangthig, in his collection famed as NyingthigYabshi.In recent years, many Westerners have had the fortune to receive this collection incompleteness from living masters headed by His Holiness' Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,Penor Rinpoche, and also, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, and in parts by the masters who have passed on these transmissions for Jamgon Kongtrul's precious treasuries, the RinchenTerdzo and Damngak Dzo. RY
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