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Great Accomplishment: Teachings on the Drubchen Ceremonyby Padmasambhava Padmasambhava
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The Vajrayana system of Tibetan Buddhism has many techniques and "skillful means" for clearing away the impurities that prevent us from fully realizing our essential enlightenment, our Buddha nature. One of the most powerful Vajrayana practices is drubchen, an intensive traditional form of meditation retreat that lasts for about 10 days, during which practitioners recite prayers and the drubchen mantra in shifts for twenty-four hours continuously throughout the period of the retreat. The tradition for practicing drubchen ceremonies has been continued in an unbroken lineage until the present day; the late master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche revived this tradition at his seat in Nepal, the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, where the drubchen is performed every spring with hundreds of lamas, monks, and lay people in attendance.
In Great Accomplishment, modern masters such as Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche offer perspectives on this rigorous practice. Tibetan teachers often draw an analogy between our enlightened essence and pure gold; if our natures were made of brass, we could spend lifetimes polishing and cleaning them but the base metal would never turn into gold. However, since we already have a divine nature, if we engage in Vajrayana practice, which acts like an alchemical polish, we can realize what we actually are and discover our higher possibilities. The effect of drubchen is multiplied when many people participate in a drubchen ceremony; then many enlightened essences are gathered together in one place, and spiritual practice in such conditions will be more effective than practicing alone. Circumstances will be perfect if we recognize and realize our enlightened essence, but even if we do not, just by taking part in the ceremony we can receive great benefit.
Great Accomplishment offers detailed explanations of these practices and the underlying theories that they are based upon. It gives hands-on advice on the meaning, the application, and the profound results of working together with other practitioners to accomplish the goal of taming our minds and benefiting others. From the most esoteric to the subtlest of practical details, masters Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, and Lama Putse give a complete guide to this hidden treasure.
The Vajrayana system of Tibetan Buddhism has many techniques, few difficulties and is meant for people of higher capabilities. Because each of us possesses the enlightened essence, when many people participate in a great accomplishment practice, then many enlightened essences are gathered together in one place. Hence, practice will be more effective. If we have recognized and realized our enlightened essence, then circumstances will be perfect. Even if we have not, if we participate in the practice and stay within the environment, there will be great benefit.
The Vajrayana system has many techniques and skillful means for clearing away the impurities that prevent us from fully realizing our buddha nature. If we werent already endowed with this pure gold, the buddha nature, but instead possessed mere brass, we could polish and clean as much as possible, but the brass would never turn into gold. Nevertheless, since we already have a divine nature, then if we engage in the development, recitation and completion stage practices, which act like a polish, we can realize what we actually are.
The Great Accomplishment book offers detailed explanations of these practices and the underlying theories from which they derive. It gives hands on advice on the meaning, the application and the profound results of working together with other practitioners to accomplish the goal of taming our minds and benefiting others. From the most esoteric to the subtlest of practical details, these three masters, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche and Lama Putsi give a complete guidance manual on this hidden treasure.
About the Author
CHOKGYUR LINGPA (1829-70) A treasure revealer and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. He is regarded as one of the major tertons in Tibetan history, and his termas are widely practiced by both the Kagyü and Nyingma schools.
JAMGON KONGTRUL (1813-99) A leader at the forefront of the nonsectarian rimey movement in the nineteenth century, he is renowned as an accomplished master, scholar, and writer, authoring more than one hundred volumes of scripture. The most well-known are his Five Treasuries, and the sixty-three volumes of the Rinchen Terdzo, the collected terma literature of the one hundred great tertons. He is also known as Lodro Thaye and by his terton name Chimey Yungdrung Lingpa.
LAMA PUTSE PEMA TASHI (1924-88) An accomplished Vajrayana master and practitioner, known for his knowledge about ritual.
ORGYEN TOPGYAL RINPOCHE (1952- ) One of the greatest living Vajrayana masters of our current time.
TULKU URGYEN RINPOCHE (1920-96) A holder of the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions who was among Tibetan Buddhism's greatest masters of the 20th century, and pivotal in bringing Dzogchen to the West.
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