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Essence of the Mahayana Teachings (A Commentary on Jigten Sumgon's Lam Rim text)

Essence of the Mahayana Teachings (A Commentary on Jigten Sumgon's Lam Rim text)
Item Code: NAH835
Author: Khenpo Samdup
Publisher: Majnu ka Tila
Language: English
Edition: 2015
ISBN: 9780986446016
Pages: 176
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 200 gms
About the Author

Ven. Khenpo Samdup was born in Tibet and is a longtime student of His Eminence Grachen Rinpoche. He studied the philosophy of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous khenpos, such as Khenpo Munsel and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok.

He taught for five years at Kagyu College in India, Which was founded by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang from whom he received the vast teaching and transmissions of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. His current writing include Learning Biddhism: source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness, commentaries on Jigten Sumgon’s Gongchig: Clarifying the Central Thoughts of the Single Intention, and the Stages of Meditation: Awakening the Mind. Presently, he is the spiritual director at Gar Drolma Buddhist Learning and Meditation Center in Dayton, Ohio and Drikung Dharma Surya Center in Fairfax, Virgnia.


Among all the written teachings of Illustrious Drigung Kyobpa, the Ten Nying, or Essence of the Mahayana Teachings, is an exceptional work that contains within it the nectar-like essence of all the Buddha's teachings and the holy treatises that comprise the sutras, tantras, and direct oral instructions. This is a teaching to be practiced, one that presents the three vows and the stages of the path of the lineage of accomplished practitioners in such a way that the Dharma can be brought into the mind-stream in accordance with the acumen and proclivities of the practitioner. This important text for students should form the basis for future study and reflection. Thus, feeling this was important, I earnestly requested Khen Rinpoche Konchog Samdup to compose a commentary on this root text that would elucidate the meaning without being too long or wordy. In accordance with my request, he has worked very hard to produce this Concise Explanation of Jigten Sumgon's "Essence of the Mahayana Teachings." My aspiration is that his commentary becomes a cause for the benefit and happiness of all infinite sentient beings.


The root text, Essence of the Mahayana Teachings, that forms the basis for this commentary holds the distilled nectar, or heart essence, of all the teachings of profound truth found throughout the Three Baskets and four classes of tantra of the Buddha's teachings. This text is one of two exceptional works produced by the illustrious master, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon. The first work is the Gong Chik, or Singular Wisdom-Mind. The Gong Chik was written primarily as a scholarly work for Dharma students who are focused on listening to teachings and contemplating their meaning. This other exceptional work, referred to by the abbreviated name of Ten Nying (Teachings' Essence), was written by Jigten Sumgon primarily for practitioners who are engaged in practice.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche instructed me to write a commentary based on the Ten Nying that would offer a comprehensive synopsis of all the essential points covered in the root text. In accordance with Rinpoche's instructions, I began to consult numerous commentaries, of various lengths ranging from extensive to concise, composed by countless knowledgeable and realized masters. I have relied primarily on the explanations found in omniscient Drigung master Chokyi Drakpa's commentary Instructions on Jigten Sumgon's "Essence of the Mahayana Teachings": A Beautiful Ornament of a Wish- Fulfilling Jewel Garland to compile my understanding of the essential points. I wrote this in an easy-to-follow format for the sake of some Western students with interest in the Buddha Dharma, and my aspiration is that this text will become a source of benefit, perhaps even serving as the basis for future teachings, and that it will serve as a support for practice and meditation.

I would like to thank the translator, Vanessa Kubota, who translated it into English from the original Tibetan, and the editor Kay Candler, copy editor Hang Tam, cover design Mia Milk, page layout Mark Riege, as well as Debbie Jackson, who has compiled and produced it. Thank you all for your help and contributions to this project.


  Foreword by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang 10
  Foreword by His Eminence Carchen Rinpoche 12
  Introduction and Acknowledgements 14
  Part One: The Introductory Section 18
  Part Two: The Main Body of the Teaching 10
1 The Four Dharmas 10
  1.1 Finding the Lama 10
  1.2 How to Rely on the Lama 22
  1.3 How to Please the Lama 24
  1.4 How to Practice the Path 26
2 Abandoning the Faults of the Vessel 30
  2.1 Meditation on Death and Impermanence 30
  2.2 Contemplating the Difficulty of Finding Precious Human Birth 32
  2.3 Karma, Cause and Effect 34
  2.4 Contemplating the Defects of Samsara 36
3 The Four Trainings 42
  3.1 Refuge 42
  3.1.1 Precepts of What to Abandon 46
  3.1.2 Precepts of What to Adopt 48
  3.2 Pratimoksha Vows 50
  3.2.1 How to Take the Vows 52
  3.2.2 Benefits of Holding the Vows 52
  3.2.3 Repairing Broken Vows 56
  3.3 Bodhisattva Vows 60
  3.3.1 How to Awaken Bodhichitta 60
  3.3.2 The Causes of Bodhichitta 66 Accumulation of Merit 66 Extraordinary Refuge 68 Cultivating the Four Immeasurables 68 Seeing the Lama as Buddha 68
  3.3.3 The Essence of Bodhichitta Mind 70
  3.3.4 To Categorize Bodhichitta 72 Twenty-One Analogies 72 According to the Five Paths 74 According to the Essence 74
  3.3.5 How to Take the Vows 74
  3.3.6 The Benefits of Bodhichitta 76
  3.4 Bodhisattva Practices 80
  3.4.1 Aspiring Bodhichitta: Remembering, Increasing, Purifying 80
  3.4.2. Engaging Bodhichitta: Ethical Discipline 82 Abandon All Non-Virtue 84 Accomplish the Benefit of Beings 90 Gather Virtuous Dharma 98 Perfect Abandoning and Practicing 100 The Six Perfections 100 The Four Ways of Gathering Disciples 108 Dedication 110 Progression Along the Paths and Bhumis 114
  4.0 Vajrayana 120
  4.1 Ripening Empowerment 120
  4.1.1 Qualities of the Master 120
  4.1.2 Qualities of the Disciple 120
  4.1.3 Empowerment 122
  4.1.4 Samaya 124
  4.2 Instructions on the Fivefold Path 130
  4.2.1 Bodhichitta 132
  4.2.2 Yidam Deity Meditation 134 The Deity Arises from Bodhichitta 136 Deity Pride 136 Clear Visualization 136 Recalling the Purity 138
  4.2.3 Guru Yoga 142
  4.2.4 Mahamudra 146
  4.2.5 Dedication 154
  4.2.6. The Ultimate Result 156
  Part Three: Concluding Section 170
  Endnotes 173


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