DZOGCHEN: Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice by Jigme Lingpa, Tulku Thondup (Translator), ed. by Brian Beresford
As a preliminary practice (Tibetan:ngon-dro) it begins with sutra meditations on the value and potential of this human life, its frailty and the inevitability of death, the infallibility of karmic actions and their consequences, and the suffering of worldly existence.
One of the best presentations of Dzogchen meditation. It begins with the Prayer of the Preliminary Practice of Dzogpachenpo Longchen Nyingthig, then presents the common and uncommon preliminary practices, the actual path of guru yoga and the nine yanas.
FEARLESS SIMPLICITY: The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World by Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche
The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World. Fearless Simplicity is about training in the awakened state of mind, the atmosphere within which all difficulties naturally dissolve. Here, the gifted Tibetan meditation master and author of Carefree Dignity, Tsoknyi Rinpoche , in his exceptional and skillful teaching style, guides us through the methods to be at ease with our surroundings and ourselves. He shows us how to develop confidence and be in harmony with every situation as the basis for true compassion and intelligence.
UNBOUNDED WHOLENESS: Bon Dzogchen and the Logic of the Nonconceptual by Anne. C. Klein and Tenzin Wangyal
Anne Klein, an American scholar and teacher of Buddhism, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, one of the first Tibetans to bring Bon Dzogchen to the West, provide a study and translation of The Authenticity of Open Awareness, a foundational text of the Bon Dzogchen tradition. They provide extensive introductory, explanatory and historical material that situates the text in the context of Tibetan thought and culture, thus making it accessible to nonspecialists, and an essential reference for scholars and practitioners alike.
BEING RIGHT HERE: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning with commentary by James Low
The treasure text of Nuden Dorje renders a very clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of dzogchen, the practice of nondual experience. The presentation is the Men ngag style, a personal instruction distilling the author's own realization in a manner both beautiful and deeply meaningful. Short verses show, with pithy clarity, how the various aspects of dzogchen fit together. The text provides both an authentic portrayal of the practice and a clear instruction in how to apply it.
THE FLIGHT OF THE GARUDA: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (2nd ed.) ed. & trans. by Keith Dowman
The teachings of the Dzogchen path- sometimes considered to be hidden or secret- seem to be of particular value to Westerners. This second edition contains translations of five texts, including one previously unavailable, that are essential to understanding Dzogchen.
THE HEALTHY MIND INTERVIEWS ed. by Henry Miles Vyner MD
What makes for a healthy mind? Each pocket-sized volume in this well-conceived series asks this very pertinent question, and other probing questions, of a different master. Edited by an MD interested in practical descriptions of how lamas experience and describe mental health on all levels. Very interesting material on Dzogchen and subtle states. Three different volumes of interviews with:
Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso
Khenpo Nyima Wangyal
MAGIC DANCE: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis by Thinley Norbu
In their gross and subtle forms, the five elements of earth, water, air, fire, and space combine to make up the infinite illusory displays of phenomenal existence. Thinley Norbu relates how the energies of the elements manifest within our everyday world, in individual behavior and group traditions, relationships and solitude, medicine and art. He explains their links to the five Buddha families and their respective Wisdom Dakinis and shows how each element relates to our senses, temperament, passions, and karmic potentials--and how to transform them with a calm, vast and playful state of consciousness.
A MARVELOUS GARLAND OF RARE GEMS: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage by Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, trans. by Richard Barron
A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the body of teachings known as Dzogchen (Great Perfection) in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Jamyang Dorje (1931-1999), one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners as well as to historians studying the cultures of central Asia.
MIPHAM'S BEACON OF CERTAINTY: lluminating the View of Dzogchen The Great Perfection by John W. Pettit
Lama Mipham was a great Nyingma scholar of the nineteenth century who wrote a prodigious number of works on all subjects, including numerous brilliant commentaries on both sutra and tantra. His work translated here by John Whitney Pettit as the Beacon of Certainty is particularly famous and is one of the most beneficial for clearing away confusion and doubt regarding views, paths, and meditation.