Teachings on the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism by a renowned and beloved master–now in paperback.
In this book, Dudjom Rinpoche explains a key text attributed to Padmasambhava, the great Indian meditation master credited with bringing the Buddha’s teachings to Tibet. The instructions here are clear, direct, and personal, illuminating the heart of Vajrayana Buddhist practice and philosophy. Included is the root text (“The Heart Essence of the Dakini”) by Padmasambhava and the commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche. Of interest to practitioners of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
About A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom
The foundations of Vajrayana practice are laid out with eloquence and precision here by one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s commentary on the preliminary practices (ngöndro) is informed by his profound realization and wide-ranging scholarship, and illuminated with an array of quotations from the Vinaya, Sutra, and Tantra traditions. In addition to the commentary on the outer and inner preliminary practices, he provides other invaluable instructions on the correct view, conduct, and activity of a practitioner. Dudjom Rinpoche taught that the realization of the teachings of the Great Perfection depends entirely on the practice of these preliminary practices, thus his compassionate exposition of them here makes this book a particularly precious resource for anyone who seeks to remove the obstacles between themselves and the total freedom of enlightenment.
“Renowned Tibetan Buddhist master H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche offers Dharma teachings drawn from an array of subjects. Sharp, forthright, direct—this work is a treasure of heart advice.”—Tricycle
“The detailed commentary by world-renowned meditation master and teacher Dudjom Rinpoche makes it accessible to students at all levels of Buddhist practice. Solidly anchored in Eastern spiritual tradition, A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom speaks very clearly to those listening with a Western ear.”—Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer
“Like a coach prepping an athlete for heightened performance, Dudjom Rinpoche leads the practitioner systematically through the stages of preparing for Tantra.”—Buddhadharma