Dzogchen - the Great Perfection - is the highest meditative practice of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. These works looks at a seminal figure of this lineage - Jigme Lingpa - an eighteenth-century scholar and meditation master whose cycle of teachings - the Longchen Nyingtig - has been handed down through generations as a complete path to enlightenment.
Four books presented here are:
- Chod Khandro Gadgyang
- Approaching the Great Perfection
- The Glorious Blissful Garland
- Entering the City of Omniscience
Byangter and Other Teaching and Practice According to the Tradition of Khordong Monastery Kham Tibet.
This translation has been made to help meditation practice and to aid the study of the dharma in Tibetan. Therefore it has the Tibetan text which is Padmasambhava's Dorje Sung (indestructible speech) and also Jigme Lingpa's Dorje Sung and perhaps it is of more benefit to read than just the English language text.
What is Chod? Chod means - to Cut.
What is to be cut? Ego, ignorance, and grasping.
For those who do not cut grasping 'I' as subject and 'they' or 'it' as objects and then there always appear desire, anger, and so forth. To prevent this we cut off our beloved body which we have taken so much care of all our lives with good food, clothing, etc. When young one's parents took care of one and then later one learnt to protect oneself.
This beloved body we give to the devas and bhutas (gods and demons). Sometimes it is given in the form of amrita (liberating elixir), sometimes it is transformed and offered as houses, cattle, etc to please the mind, and sometimes it is given as the ordinary body full of sins and bad karma. These four kinds of offerings are presented to the four classes of guests - the buddhas and bodhisattvas, the dharma protectors and lokapalas, all sentient beings, and all demons, etc and the lowest kinds of beings.
~ From the intro.