Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence

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At this course in Mahamudra Retreat Zentrum, Halscheid, 14-28 August 1992, Rinpoche divides the students into two groups: sadhakas བསྐྱེད་རིམ་པ་ and dzogrimpas རྫོགས་རིམ་པ།

To the latter group he teaches the sections from Treasury of Knowledge, chapter 8.3, the Completion Stage Meditations in father tantra, and 8.4, the Six Applications in Kalachakra. He furthermore teaches the གསང་དབང་། section from Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence and guides the students in meditation on it.

26 talks Tibetan only, 7 sessions study group

Rinpoche gave 30 other talks during that course. Please use the course's search box typing "Halscheid 1992" to locate them all.

In Mahamudra Retreat Zentrum, Halscheid, January 1993, after having divided his students into Sadhakas and Dzogrimpas, Rinpoche teaches the essential points of generation stage practices to all as well as continuing his teachings on the dzogrim practices to the latter group.

Tibetan only, Tibetan - English

30 and 14 talks, audio

In September 1993, Rinpoche continues his teachings on the Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, this time focusing on the instructions for the fourth initiation.

7 talks, audio

Tibetan only

In May 1994, Rinpoche visits Mahamudra Retreat Zentrum Halscheid and teaches the section in Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence that deals with the Instruction Section from among the instructions for the fourth initiation.

5 talks, audio

Tibetan only

At the summer program of 1995 at Karmê Chöling called Union of Mahāmudrā and Mahā Ati,  Rinpoche presented the first seminar on Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence by Guru Rinpoche.

Over the course of two weeks, Rinpoche explained the view, meditation, conduct, and fruition that have come down from the lineage for the practice of Great Perfection. Starting with three lectures on songs of realization by Jetsün Milarepa, Rinpoche proceeded directly to the discussion of the fourth abhisheka and devoted the majority of the seminar to the outer mind section, inner expanse section and the trekchö portion of the instruction section.

The first three lectures on the songs by Jetsün Milarepa can be found in that category under the title of the publication, Ten Songs of the Provisional and Definitive Meaning.

Here, you will also find a video of the celebrations held on the last evening of the 26th and the concluding farewell session on the 27th.


9 and 2 talks, video

As part of the Rigpe Dorje Program, Pullahari 1996, based on select verses from the instructions related to the 4th initiation, Rinpoche elucidates the view of Dzogchen. He completes the series of talks with a beautiful presentation of the terminology describing the nature of mind.

The samaya key for the teachings found here is LYNP-section4.

For the remaining talks offered at that program, please use the course's search box typing for example "Pullahari 96".

6 talks

Tibetan / English

During the summer of 1996 from July 21 to August 4, at the seminar called Laughing Vajra, Rinpoche continued his marvelous exposition of the Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence

In addition Rinpoche taught from a variety of other sources, notably the Posthumous Instructions of the four vidyadharas; key sections from Jamgon Rinpoche's Treasury of Knowledge and Complete Liberation of the three Realms; Black Yangti; and sections from the famed Wisdom Guru by Jigme Lingpa.  

As always, the illuminating songs of the lord of Yogins, Milarepa, were in the air.

Many afternoons Rinpoche would lead the nearly 200 sadhakas in practice up on the upper meadow of Karmê Chöling.

Here you find talk 1,2,4,5 and 9 out of 16 talks. To ensure that you listen to the entire course, please use the courses search box.


Video / audio

At the Great Blissful Vajra seminar at Karmê Chöling, 1997, Rinpoche turned to Guru Rinpoche's marvellous text with Lodrö Thaye's commentary: the remedies to clear away outer, inner, and secret obstacles.

Here is talk 16 of 16. You can search for example "Karmê Chöling 97" for other talks of that seminar.



At the 2002 Seattle seminar་ called Direct Leap of Spontaneous Presence: the Tradition of Ati Yoga, Rinpoche first introduces the progression in view based on Jetsün Milarepa's songs of realization. He then continues to explain the view and meditation of the outer mind section  ཕྱི་སེམས་སྡེ། inner space section ནང་ཀློང་སྡེ།  and secret instruction section གསང་བ་མན་ངག་སྡེ༏  based on Guru Rinpoche's root text. In his commentary, Rinpoche quotes numerous Indian and Tibetan masters.

The sangha is furthermore guided in the practices of Trekchö   ཁྲེགས་ཆོད།.

Tibetan - English

9 talks, video

At Karma Chodrub Gyamtso Ling, Brussels, 8-14 March 2003, Rinpoche introduces the view and composes spontaneous verses elucidating the necessity for love and compassion, before proceeding to teach the view of Dzogchen's mind-, expanse- and instruction sections from Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence   ལམ་རིམ་ཡེ་ཤེས་སྙིང་པོ།   and drawing parallels to madhyamaka and mahāmudrā.

The samaya key for the teachings found here is LYNP-section4. 

Please use the course's search box to ensure that you find all teachings of this program by typing for example "Brussels 03".

Tibetan - English - French

4 talks, audio