- From the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse of the Great Perfection, the Instructions on the Stages of the Path to the State of the Original Protector, Called the Primordial Wisdom Lama
— by Vidyadhara Jigmed Lingpa
This is the most important practice manual on the Great Perfection teachings of the Nyingma tradition.
Jigmed Lingpa stated - "Realization of the pure awareness that transcends the mind is the specialty of the Great Perfection".
Beginning with the preliminary prerequisites, the entire Great Perfection path is spelled out clearly and succinctly in Yeshe Lama.
It is meant to be studied and practiced by qualified practitioners who are committed to completing the prerequisites before entering the path of Dzogchen.
Even to open this book, one must have received empowerment and have been introduced to the nature of the mind by a qualified master. The teachings and practices taught in Yeshe Lama encompass the innermost cycle of upadesha teachings and clearly define the Dzogchen practices of trekchö, cutting through to original purity and tögal crossing over with spontaneous presence.
These are the swift practices that can lead to the attainment of the rainbow body and the complete attainment of buddhahood, and this is the same path that has been followed by many of the great spiritual adepts of India and Tibet. Consequently, if one studies and trains in the Yeshe Lama correctly and with deepest respect and diligence - the possibility of enlightenment within one lifetime is within reach.
The golden words of this sublime text arose from the depths of ultimate wisdom and came to us through the all-embracing compassion of Rigdzin Jigmed Lingpa - one of the greatest adepts and writers of Tibet.
Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1730–1798) was a great master of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The root of the Khyentse lineage, he was a terton (discoverer of treasure teachings) and revealed the Longchen Nyingtik - one of the most important cycles of meditative practice in the Nyingma school.
Yeshe Lama is for seriously devoted meditators who have matured sufficiently to undertake the Great Perfection trainings and who have been introduced to the text by a master who has perfected his or her realization. Its sole path is one of meditative skills, and its sole goal is to gain inner experience.