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Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes
Recorded at Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s residence, Fern Flat, Aptos, California; 2005
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche recites the Cho Ying Dzod, The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena by Lonchenpa, in Tibetan (no translation).
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche recites this quintessential Dzogchen (Great Perfection) text written by the Nyingma master Omniscient Longchen Rabjam. The Chö Ying Rinpoche Dzöd contains the essence of the 6,400,000 Dzogchen Tantras, elucidating the view, meditation, and conduct of the spiritual path, and the final freedom that is the fruition of that path. The three divisions of Great Perfection teachings (the Mind Division, the Space Division, and the Pith Instruction Division) are all synthesized within the Chö Ying Rinpoche Dzöd. Since the time of Longchenpa, all masters of the Great Perfection have meditated upon the Chö Ying Rinpoché Dzöd as a means of attaining liberation. It is the most famous of Dzogchen texts among all scholars and mahasiddhas.
The Chö Ying Rinpoche Dzöd itself is considered a sacred object, capable of bringing immense blessings to those who make a connection with it. If you can keep the text with you, you can attain liberation through touching (tak-drol). If you can hear the text recited, it brings liberation through hearing (t’hö-drol). If you can read and meditate upon the meaning of the text, you can achieve the fully enlightened state of a dharmakaya Buddha.
For Great Perfection practitioners, during our lifetimes, we can read the Chö Ying Rinpoche Dzöd as a daily practice, integrating the profound meaning of this precious text with our minds. With repetition, we can seal its meaning in our minds, so the meaning and our mind become inseparable. When the meaning is sealed inseparably with our minds, then we can chant the words with the beautiful melodies of songs of realization (doha). This causes blazing faith and devotion to arise, leading to the natural arising of ultimate wisdom realization.
In addition to using this precious text as a manual for meditation and realizing our primordial nature, it is also commonly read to dying practitioners to introduce them to their true nature and bring liberation upon death.
English translation of the text: The Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchen Rabjampa, translated by Richard Barron (Padma Publishing, 2001) (may currently be out of print)
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