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Description:  During this special Tantra class for sadhakas and ngöndro students who have received formal pointing out instruction, we will be listening to Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche’s teachings on Patrül Rinpoche’s commentary Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King, which in turn is a commentary on Garab Dorje’s final testament Hitting the Essence in Three Words:

  1. Introducing directly the face of rigpa in itself.
  2. Decide upon one thing, and one thing only.
  3. Confidence directly in the liberation of rising thoughts.


Histories of the Dzogchen lineage tell how, as Garab Dorje attained nirvana, his body dissolved into space in the midst of a great cloud of rainbow light; the earth shuddered and miraculous sounds were heard. His disciple Mañjuhrimitra, who had studied the Nyingtik teachings with him for seventy-five years, saw him in the sky, surrounded by light, and cried out “Alas, alas! O vast expanse! If the light that is our teacher is extinguished, who will there be to dispel the darkness of the world?“ It is said that, at this, Garab Dorje’s right hand and forearm appeared holding a golden casket, the size of a thumbnail, which circled round Mañjuśrīmitra three times, and descended into the palm of his hand. Inside it he found the Hitting the Essence in Three Words, Garab Dorje’s final testament, written in ink of liquid lapis lazuli on a leaf of five precious substances. Simply seeing it, Mañjushrimitra attained the same realization as his master. In fact, all four of the first vidyadharas of the Dzogchen lineage—Garab Dorje, Mañjushrimitra, Shri Singha and Jñanasutra—bequeathed a testament in a similar way to their disciples, whereupon the minds of the disciples and wisdom minds of the masters became inseparable. Hitting the Essence in Three Wordshas been revered by masters and practitioners throughout the centuries as embodying in its key points the very essence of the path of Dzogchen.

Patrul Rinpoche’s Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King, an elaboration, with its own commentary, on Hitting the Essence in Three Words, is treasured as the most crucial instruction for the practice of Dzogchen. Brief yet exceedingly profound, it captures the understanding of the trekchö practice, and is “the infallible key point of the path of primordial purity in the natural Dzogpachenpo”.

Who can attend? All trantrikas who have received formal pointing out instruction from a qualified Vajra Master.

Time: The first two classes are scheduled for May 20 and May 27, from 7pm to 8:30pm. There might be additional classes scheduled at a later time.

Suggested contribution: $10 for each class.