This book explains the preliminary practice of the Khandro Nyingthig, foundational practices of the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen, widely considered to contain Tibetan Buddhism's most powerful methods for transforming the mind.
The Third Dzogchen Rinpoche was known particularly for his mastery of the Dzogchen teachings and his clear and accessible works on this topic. This book contains detailed preliminary instructions from the Excellent Chariot, an instruction manual by the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche. This profound text is a commentary on the Heart Essence of the Dakinis, or Khandro Nyingthig, the most central collection of Great Perfection teachings in the Nyingma lineage. Distilling the teachings of the Heart Essence of the Dakinis into an accessible, easy-to-practice format, the Excellent Chariot leads the reader through the entire Buddhist path, starting with basic Buddhist contemplations and continuing on to the most advanced and secret meditative practices of Dzogchen.
The teachings in this volume are drawn largely from the writings of the great master Longchenpa and the root texts of the Khandro Nyingthig itself. The Third Dzogchen Rinpoche begins by discussing the correct way to study and practice the Dzogchen teachings. He then presents the outer and inner preliminary practices, or ngondro, which are considered essential for the correct practice of Dzogchen, as they ensure the practitioner has a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the Buddhist tradition.
"This amazing volume enshrines the Buddhist teachings for beginners, teaching how to deal with everyday life, how to apply one's mind to the pure teachings of the Buddha, and especially the extraordinary physical, vocal and mental exercises that awaken the enlightened nature of the mind. This wonderful volume is rich in blessings and filled with practical advice." Tulku Thondup.
"The aim of the preliminary practices is to establish a foundation for all spiritual progress. To dispense with these foundations in order to practice teachings one supposes to be more profound is like building a palace on the surface of a frozen lake. If one's practice of the preliminaries is profound, the main practice will be profound as well." Matthieu Ricard.