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Flight of the Garuda


Dzogchen - a tradition of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, is considered by many to be an extremely powerful path to enlightenment.

Flight of the Garuda  conveys the heart advice of one of the most beloved nonsectarian masters of Tibet. Ordained as a Gelug monk, the itinerant yogi Shabkar was renowned for his teachings on Dzogchen, the heart practice of the Nyingma lineage. He wandered the countryside of Tibet and Nepal, turning many minds toward the Dharma through his ability to communicate the essence of the teachings in a poetic and crystal-clear way. Buddhists of all stripes, including practitioners of Zen and Vipassana, will find ample sustenance within the pages of this book, and be thrilled by the lyrical insights conveyed in Shabkar's words.

Along with the song by Shabkar, translator Keith Dowman includes several other seminal Dzogchen texts. Dzogchen practice brings us into direct communion with the subtlemost nature of our experience, the unity of samsara in nirvana as experienced within our own consciousness. Within the Nyingma school, it is held higher than even the practices of tantra for bringing the meditator face to face with the nature of reality.

Translation - by K. Dowman

Flight of the Garuda - cover (dowman)The Flight of the Garuda
- The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
 translated by Keith Dowman

This ground-breaking book offers translations of four sacred texts of the Dzogchen tradition:

  • Secret Instruction in a Garland of Vision,
  • The Flight of the Garuda,
  • Emptying the Depths of Hell,
  • Wish-Granting Prayer of Kuntu Zangpo.

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This is an invaluable resource for both practice and scholarship.

Note: Texts such as these should only be shared with people who have received the pointing-out transmission from a qualified master.

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Windsor Viney Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:53 posted by Windsor Viney

    The .pdf file of *The Flight of the Garuda* (tr. E. P. Kunsang) is missing two pages (p. 164 and p. 165) -- somewhat unfortunate, since those pages (or one of them) contain(s) the end of the text by Paltrul Rinpoche.

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