New book: Secret Path of the Siddhas
My teacher's latest book is now available!
It's a practical guide to the practice of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, two of the most profound practice traditions in Tibetan Buddhism.
In this book, Rinpoche shares the essential teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, making them accessible to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Whether you are just starting on the path or seeking to deepen your understanding and experience, this book will provide you with the tools you need to deepen your practice.
I have been working on this book the past three years with a small team of people. Dan McNamara, Mauricio Salinas, and myself all worked on the Tibetan translation of the root text. Erik Drew was the oral translator for the commentary, which was transcribed and made into a written first draft by Jane Braaten. Jenya Antonova and myself put the transcript through several rounds of editing to get it into a publishable form. Trisha Lamb worked on the final copy editing, while Jon Dilley designed the beautiful cover.
Life looks quite a bit different than it did when we started this. The outer landscape of the world has shifted dramatically, to think three years ago COVID was just starting and what shambles the world was in. The inner landscape of our hearts and minds has also shifted to meet those demands. What we stand for, what we work towards, who we choose to spend our time with.
In the non-dual traditions of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, outer and inner are not so separate. We are not passive observers of an externally created reality. Our mind is the source of our experience. All of our thoughts, emotions, and habituations serve to shape our perception of reality and the way we act. We feel stuck because our minds fixate on our experience of who we are and the world around us as being determined by forces outside of our control. We give all the power to things outside of us, not realizing the power and significance of our own presence.
Mahamudra and Dzogchen are all about regaining that ground of presence. They are immersive practice traditions based on direct experience, a direct encounter with our natural state of being. This book is a clear and practical guide for presenting that path.
I hope you will check it out.