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Contents Foreword: Tsoknyi Rinpoche Preface: Marcia Binder Schmidt Intro: History and Overview 1. Ground 2. Preliminaries for Trekcho 3. Shamatha & Viphashyana in Dzogchen 4. Words Are Like Rice Husks 5. Comparing Mahamudra & Dzogchen 6. Three Word That Strike the Vital Points 7. Point Directly To Naked Awareness 8. Pointing Out 9. Enhance the Recognition 10. Characteristics of Mind & Rigpa 11. Differentiating Sems & Rigpa 12. Qualities of Rigpa 13. The Watcher and Watched 14. Methods of Liberation 15. The Threefold Sky Practice 16. Mindfulness 17. Meditation & Post Meditation 18. Structuring a Trekcho Retreat 19. It Comes Down to The View 20. The Unity of Trekcho and Togal 21. Signs of Practice 22. The Ultimate Guru Sadhana of Simplicity 23. Commentary on the Ultimate Guru Sadhana 24. The Aspiration That is a Pointing-Out Instruction for the Bardo Longchen Rabjam 25. Commentary on Longchenpa's Bardo Aspiration Appendix

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Tulku Urgyen demonstrated a devotion to Longchenpa, Chokgyur Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse, and Jamgoen Kongtrul that inspired all who knew him. In the 1950s he received teachings the Second Jamyang Khyentse Choekyi Lodroe, journeying to Lhasa and Gangtok for this purpose. In addition to receiving initiations he had many close personal discussions with this great master. Jamyang Khyentse Choekyi Lodroe, Dudjom Rinpoche, and Dilgo Khyentse all counted Tulku Urgyen among their advisers and spiritual friends. Not only was Tulku Urgyen kind, wise, and compassionate, but he was humble and gentle as well. He was renowned as a yogi, and though he did not live the life of a mountain recluse like Milarepa, his mind exhibited all the qualities of such accomplished masters. Tulku Urgyen was not well known as a scholar, yet the depth of his actual understanding was unsurpassed, and many Nyingma and Kagyu masters stood in awe of his comprehensive knowledge. He had thoroughly studied and practiced the Atiyoga, and his teachings on Dzogchen transformed the lives of those he touched with gentle, penetrating clarity. As a meditation teacher and a master of initiations, he was without peer. In these times of the Kali Yuga, when great troubles have befallen Tibet, Tulku Urgyen rose to the challenge. Journeying to a new country, (Nepal) he established a foundation for the Dharma and made the special treasures of Dzogchen and the Chokling lineage widely available. He benefited the Sangha greatly, establishing centers, extending the teachings, and passing on his knowledge. Today there are more than thirty different monasteries in the Kathmandu Valley that trace much of this activity to the light that radiated from Nagi Gompa, where the presence of Tulku Urgyen, the teachings of Chokling, and the blessings of Guru Padmasambhava came together. Truly, whatever any lama could accomplish, Tulku Urgyen has brought to fruition. Tsoknyi Rinpoche or Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso (born 13 March 1966) is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author, and the founder of the Pundarika Foundation. He is the third Tsoknyi Rinpoche, having been recognized by the 16th Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is a tulku of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and the holder of the Ratna Lingpa and Tsoknyi lineages. He began his education at Khampagar Monastery at Tashi Jong in Himachal Pradesh, India, at the age of thirteen. His main teachers are Khamtrul Rinpoche Dongyu Nyima , his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Adeu Rinpoche. Rinpoche has overseen the Tergar Osel Ling Monastery , founded in Kathmandu, Nepal by his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. His brothers are Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and Mingyur Rinpoche and his nephews are Phakchok Rinpoche and the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche , known popularly as Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. He has overseen the monastery's operations and introduced studies for non-Tibetans. Under his leadership it has "thrived and grown into a mature sangha of dedicated practitioners."

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