Sublime Dharma: Quintessential Instructions on the Breakthrough and Direct Crossing-Over Stages of Dzogchen is a compilation of two works composed by two of the greatest Dzogchen masters of Tibetan Buddhism in recent history, Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904) and his subsequent incarnation, Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987).
Text One of Sublime Dharma consists of the complete translation of Dudjom Lingpa's The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Who Wears Mud and Feathers for Clothing, a mind treasure (Tib. dgongs gter) from his collected works, which presents the view, meditation, and conduct of the breakthrough (Tib. tregchö) phase of Dzogchen practice.
Text Two consists of a partial translation of Dudjom Rinpoche's The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of Siddhis: A Manual on the Two Stages of the Heart Drop of the Profound Path of the Dakinis, from volume Ma of his collected works. This second text includes a concise summary of the breakthrough followed by a complete explanation of the direct crossing-over (Tib. thögal) phase of Dzogchen practice.
Both works are accompanied by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche's oral commentary, which he gave during the summer of 1998. Together, these two works give a complete presentation of the view, meditation, and conduct of the two stages of Dzogchen.
— From the Foreword
Prerequisite Required :
Specific Guidelines for Suitable Readers of These Texts, in Accord with the Intent and Wishes of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche and B. Alan Wallace:
• As is commonly the case regarding Vajrayana teachings, the texts included in this volume are restricted to "suitable readers".
• Specifically, those who earnestly aspire to achieve liberation and enlightenment are the sort of readers for whom this text was intended. Such people will not be fixated on material success, but due to understanding the first Noble Truth of suffering, will have turned away from the allures of the cycle of existence.
• Suitable readers will honor the fundamental Buddhist teachings included in the Sravakayana, and they will revere the Mahayana as well, including the cultivation of the Four Immeasurables, the Six Perfections, and the insights presented in the Yogacara and Madhyamaka views.
• In addition, they will value all the outer, inner, and secret classes of the tantras, and have a genuine desire to practice the breakthrough and direct crossing-over stages of the Great Perfection.
• Finally, suitable readers will treat this volume with reverence and care.