By Thinley Norbu
Like a spontaneous cascade of knowledge nectar, the open and common phrases of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, easy through scholarly elaboration, circulate right here within the culture of the direct transmissions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the earlier. via observation at the initial Practices (Ngöndrö) prayer from the treasure textual content of the good grasp Tragtung Düdjom Lingpa, insights into many principal practices emerge with a view to deepen knowing of the principles of Vajrayana Buddhism. additionally integrated within the publication is a observation on Tsok Khang Dechen (Assembly Palace of serious Exaltation), the basis textual content prayer of the second one Kyabje Düdjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje.
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A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar by Thinley Norbu