For centuries, Dzogchen - often translated as the 'Great Perfection' - was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture.
This work explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed.
This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before appeared in English, is drawn from a vast number of original classical Tibetan sources and includes selections of realization songs by early masters of the lineage. The book describes the early Dzogchen masters’s lives and what they taught, with particular emphasis on events that took place before the teachings were transmitted to Tibet - describes the origin, and gives both short and detailed historical accounts and teachings.
Enhanced by specially commissioned line drawings by a notable living Tibetan artist, as well as by rare samples of the mystical symbolic script of the dakinis, the book is both a fascinating historical document and a source of sacred knowledge and inspiration.
Erik Pema Kunsang, who lives in Katmandu, Nepal, is one of the world’s gifted English interpreters of Tibetan. He has studied with and translated for more than 60 Tibetan masters, and is the compiler of The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture.
Wellsprings of the Great Perfection presents the primary sources explaining how the Dzogchcn teachings came into this world, who received them and through whom they passed. It is an impressive collection of original translations from a vast number of classical Tibetan documents, including songs of realization by the early masters of the lineage.
— From back cover