The Jewel Ladder (Rin-chen them-skas) is a short and comprehensive Nyingma Lamrim for beginners by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorjee (1643-1714), commonly known as Terdak Lingpa, one of the foremost early master-scholars of Tibet, who was both a teacher and disciple of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama.
The text introduces us to the preliminaries of the Buddhist practice required for higher spiritual development such as the four basic ways of concentrating one's mind on the Dharma and the Four Noble Truths.
Venerable Garje Khamtrul Jamyang Dhundup Rinpoche is a well-known visionary Dzogchen master of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1927, he was recognized the incarnation of the 3rd Khamtrul Gyurmed Trinley Namgyal Rinpoche at the age of eight and received intensive training in sutra, tantra, kama, terma, medicine, astrology, arts and Dzogchen meditation. After coming into exile, Rinpoche served the Tibetan community in various capacities and retired as the General Secretary of the Council for Cultural and Religious Affairs of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, 1986. Since then Rinpoche has travelled widely to many foreign countries and is presently engaged in giving teachings on various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
This commentary by Khamtrul Rinpoche given in simple and lucid language unravels the gist of Rin-chen them-skas. Appended at the end of the: book is a guide to the voluminous Nyingma Lamrim (kun-bzang bla-ma'i zhal-lung).
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