The three traditional Nyingma texts and Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche’s commentary included in this book were selected by him for their relevance to the modern-day spiritual aspirant who must combine and balance quality practice time, work time, and rest time in the course of a busy day. Guidelines for formal sitting are presented here from the Dzogchen perspective in the teachings on quiescence meditation. Practices for bringing the experiences of daily life into the spiritual path are presented in the section on transformation. Finally, the teachings on dream yoga guide the practitioner in the conscious control of the dream state as well as the bardo state at the end of life. Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche’s dynamic and practical commentaries on each section are specially tailored to the needs of Western students. The result is an indispensable handbook for practitioners at all levels of experience. When the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche arrived in the West many decades ago, he was already a receptacle for an abundance of transmissions received from many of the foremost and authentic masters of our times. Since then, his noble disposition and advanced level of meditation practice has assisted innumerable people, and he has established many Dharma centers.
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“I feel confident that the readers who take this book to heart and apply its meaning will benefit greatly.”—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, author of Present Fresh Wakefulness
“With humor, warmth, and wisdom, Gyatrul Rinpoche opens these vital and much revered texts to a new generation of Buddhist practitioners.”—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of Shambhala International and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally
“It is an honor to have an opportunity to praise the words of some of Vajrayana Buddhism’s greatest teachers. The texts chosen here are so beneficial for practice. Gyatrul Rinpoche has dedicated himself to the propagation of these pure lineages of precious teachings in the West, and Sangye Khandro and B. Alan Wallace are both longtime practitioners, translators, and students of Gyatrul Rinpoche. Many auspicious circumstances have united to bring these wonderful teachings into English.”—Lama Chöying Namgyel, The Light of Berotsana Translation Group