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THE SIX LAMPS

Secret Dzogchen Instructions of the Boen Tradition

by Achard, Jean-Luc

Esteemed Tibetologist Jean-Luc Achard contextualizes and provides a clear translation of highly secret precepts on Dzogchen practice unlike anything published.

The Instructions on the Six Lamps is a profound and important work from the Boen Dzogchen tradition and is one of the root texts of the Zhangzhung Nyengyue (Oral Transmission of Zhangzhung) series of teachings. Considered to be the central work of the inner cycle of these teachings, it expertly details the principles of the natural state and its visionary marvels. The root text describes highly secret precepts on Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practice—the teachings of Trekchoe and Thoegel—as revealed by Tapihritsa to Gyerpung Nangzher Loepo. The teachings in this text represent oral instructions transmitted by a single master to a single disciple in the mode known as “single transmission.” It is through such a practice that one can see the clear light of one's own mind before achieving complete buddhahood. In this respect, the text contains a complete teaching of Dzogchen, from beginning to end.

Jean-Luc Achard is a tibetologist, researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), as well as the editor and publisher of the Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines, a free online academic journal of Tibetan Studies. He has been studying Buddhism for 35 years and has specialized in the study and practice of the teachings of Dzogchen (Great Perfection). In particular, he has studied with Yongdzin Lopoen Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche for several years and translated numerous Boenpo texts of Dzogchen for the retreats of Yongdzin Rinpoche. He is currently engaged in the translations and commentaries of sevearal key works of Dzogchen belonging to the Boen and Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He lives in Courdimanche-sur-Essonne, a small village in France.

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