By Jamgon Mipham

Luminous Essence is an entire creation to the realm of tantric notion and perform. Composed by way of the popular Tibetan grasp Jamgon Mipham (1846-1912), the textual content offers an summary of the Guhyagarbha Tantra, which has been a significant scripture in Tibetan Buddhism for good over one thousand years. Miphams clarification, translated right here for the 1st time, is among the such a lot celebrated commentaries in this vintage textual content. Luminous Essence is meant for initiated tantric practitioners. to totally get pleasure from and assimilate its message, it's going to be studied lower than the counsel of a certified instructor through those that have bought the ideal empowerments, studying transmissions, and oral directions. i've got without doubt that practitioners of the Guhyagarbha Tantra will derive nice take advantage of analyzing and counting on this explanatory textual content. --His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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In harmony with this view, one then observes a conduct similar to krīya tantra and practices a meditation similar to practice tantra. In this way, one achieves the accomplishments of a buddha of the four families within seven lifetimes. These are the assertions of the vehicle of ubhaya tantra, also known as dual tantra. In the vehicle of practice tantra, certainty in the unity of the two truths develops tremendously. Through this, one develops the view that practice can take place in terms of oneself and the deity being inseparable, like water poured into water.

The first of these, the correct mundane tenets, assert that the effects of actions do not go to waste. Second are the tenets of the vehicle of characteristics. This system asserts that all the outer and inner phenomena that comprise the apprehended and apprehender arise in the manner of dependent origination. Because this is misapprehended, one erroneously misconstrues a person and the like. This delusion, however, dissolves once one realizes that there is no personal self or self of phenomena, neither as outer apprehended object, nor as an apprehending mind.

Therefore, one is primordially untainted by the fetters of ordinary actions and their effects, independently of any effort on the path. Among all the various paths, this alone is the ultimate. The Tantra of the Secret Essence teaches these points in the passage that luminous essence 23 begins, “All of these appearances of outer and inner interdependence . ” In commenting on this passage, Rongzom and Longchenpa differ slightly. The concise explanation that I have offered here is, however, in agreement with both.

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