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Peak Doorways to Emancipation, Texts of Shakya Shri

Peak Doorways to Emancipation, Texts of Shakya Shri

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Description Table of Contents
Title Peak Doorways to Emancipation
Sub-title Great Completion Texts on the Introduction to the Nature of Mind and Thorough Cut from the Collected Works of Shakya Shri
Author Translations, extensive introduction, and commentarial notes by Tony Duff
Details 104 pages, 1 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5", US$20, available in paper and PDF e-book formats
ISBN paper book 978-9937-903-19-6, e-book 978-9937-572-50-7
Texts Tibetan texts in Tibetan script included
Shakya Shri was one of the greatest masters of the Drukpa Kagyu around the end of the nineteenth century. He was renowned for having practised and accomplished both the Mahamudra traditions of the Drukpa Kagyu and the Great Completion (Dzogpa Chenpo) tradition that had come to him through his root guru, Khamtrul Rinpoche. He taught students either Mahamudra or Great Completion or a mixture of both, whatever was suitable for them.

This book presents two texts from his Collected Works. Each one presents a specific aspect of innermost Dzogchen practice though the first text, on the introduction to the nature of mind, is fully applicable to essence Mahamudra, too. We chose the two texts because they highlight specific aspects of these practices that are not explained in any other texts available from us. As with several other texts on Thorough Cut, each text offers instruction on a key aspect of the teaching.

The first text is specifically on the topic of introduction to the nature of mind (sometimes called pointing out instruction). It is hard to find a text which, like this one does, specifically discusses this key technique of the higher tantras. The text will be of interest to anyone who is practising Mahamudra or Dzogpa Chenpo.

The second text continues by giving instruction on how to realize the nature of mind after it has been introduced to the disciple. This text specifically explains the practices of the Thorough Cut (Tregcho) of Great Completion. This text also includes specific instructions on the special preliminary practice of innermost Great Completion called Parting into Sides (Tibetan, rushen).

Both texts are very explicit and will be of real interest to anyone engaged in Mahamudra or Great Completion. The texts are Drukpa Kagyu so they will be of special interest to Drukpa Kagyu followers. The book includes a very complete introduction and extensive notes to help understand the texts.

The book contains translations of the following texts:
“Opening the Door to Emancipation”, A Very Abbreviated Uncommon Guide to Mind
Thorough Cut’s Secret Path, The Second Core Piece, Instruction on Nakedly Seeing Rigpa”

Download Tibetan texts in TibetD format: • available here

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5 of 5 If You're Ready For It November 13, 2018
Reviewer: Ken Goodman from Cleveland Ohio  
This (in my extremely humble opinion) is my favorite of Tony Duff's superior translation/interpretations of Tibetan wisdom literature.  I would advise folks to first absorb several other of his amazing books...like "Empowerment and Atiyoga," "Dusum Khyenpa's Songs," "Instructions for Practicing the View of Other Emptiness," "Drukchen Padma Karpo's Collected Works On Mahamudra," "Highest Wisdom..." etc. before diving into the radiant rapture of "Peak Doorways."   It comes as profoundly close to merging "pointing to" and "being" pure self-aware actuality as anything I've read; but again, it certainly helps if one's ready for it (if I may humbly suggest).  Also, the "Peak Doorways" book has an outstanding glossary, in itself worth reading, especially Lama Tony's definition of "Rigpa."

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