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The Three-fold Embodiment of Enlightenment

The Bon Yogi Texts of the Path of Liberation of Shar rdza bra’ shis rGyal mtshan. translated by Geshe Sonam Gurang & Daniel P. Brown, D. (2018) under the guidance of His Holiness the 33 rd Menri Trizin. Occidental CA: Bright Alliance.

This is the second in Shar rDza Rinpoche’s trilogy on Bon Great Completion meditation. It is a collection of eleven very advanced mostly by-passing Great Completion practices representing the best intensive practices from the cave and hermitage yogi tradition.

  • The first book is a very extensive commentary on the A Khrid Bon Great Completion practice of the Bru rGyal ba tradition.
  • The second and third texts are very detailed practice manuals for developing the levels of by-passing visions in the daytime initially through sky gazing and sun gazing (book 2) and also during a 49-day intensive dark retreat.
  • Books 4,5, and 6 constitute a trilogy of books on advanced self-arising/self-liberated practice.
    • Book 4 is a practice manual for illusory body practices, wherein the practitioner learns to take all appearances of the path as insubstantial and illusory.
    • Book 5 is a very detailed manual for cultivating awakened awareness continuously during dream and deep sleep states.
    • Book 6 is a very detailed practice manual to be used by the dying yogi to recognize correctly the clear-light of death during the dying process, and the visions during the after-death bardo of the dharmadhatu and the bardo of rebirth. These teachings also include detailed instructions on the advanced practitioner transferring consciousness into a dead body, reviving the dead body, and continuing practicing and teaching. Book 7 contains very precious pith instructions on how to recognize and develop the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment, the five primordial wisdoms, and the inexhaustible enlightened activities of the Buddha.
  • Books 8-11 pertain to very advanced practices to balance the elements so as to extract the maximum benefit from meditation practice.
    • Book 8 contains very detailed instructions on standard inner fire practice using the central channel and chakra system and practicing the four ascending and four descending levels of bliss. Inner fire practice in general enhances the separation of the brightness of awakened awareness from the residual dregs on the ordinary mind, and in particular purifies the residual substantial of the physical body into light.
    • Book 9 contains a detailed description of 40 advanced yogic exercises designed for advanced retreatants to keep the body fit, resist illness,
      and extract the full measure of benefit from other practices such as A Khrid and Inner Fire. A film was made detailed each of the 40 yogic exercises, and is available only to qualified advanced practitioners.
    • Book 10 is a detailed practice manual on inner fire practice done in synchrony with a sexual consort. The main differences between solo and consort inner fire practice is that only consort practice leads to “great bliss” via reversing the directions of the normally upwardly moving wind and the downward moving winds until they collide and the dispersing the wind evenly throughout the 84,000 minor channels and pores of the body.
    • Book 11 is on advanced yogic fasting. There are nine types of fasting practices depending on capacity. Best practitioners
      learn to extract vital essence directly from the universe so they and reduce or stop food intake. Middling capacity practitioners reduce normal food intake by using super-foods and energy capacitating substances, Lesser capacity practitioners reduce normal food intake by visualizing dakinis extracting vital essence from the universe and then enhancing normal foods with vital essence such that the volume of normal food intake is reduced.

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The Six Lamps

According to the Zhang Zhung Oral Transmission Lineage of Bon Great Completion.

Root Text by Tapihritsa & sNang bzher Lod po; Explanatory commentaries, The Ornamentation of Sun-Light, commentary by Au Ri, and The Intention and Ultimate Meaning commentary by Bru sgom rGyal ba g.yung drung; and practical guidance commentaries: The Six Essential Points of Bodhicitta, and The Six Energy Drops, translated by Geshe Sonam Gurung & Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. under the Guidance of H.H. the 33 rd Menri Trizin for the Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation.

The Six Lamps is one of the main Bon by-passing Great Completion practice manual from the Oral Transmission lineage. The root text contains pith instructions for pointing out the step-by-step then combined practice of the four primary lamps: (1) the lamp of the universal ground; (2) the lamp of the fleshy heart to enhance direct recognition of awakened awareness; (3) the lamp of the soft white channel, to connect the flow of primordial wisdom from the heart to the eyes; and (4) the lamp of the extensive lasso of the fluid eyes, to set up the direct manifestation of the levels of by-passing visions initially on the surface of the fluid eye lamps at the boundary of the eyebrow fence. The fifth lamp unpacks the levels of visions in greater detail. The sixth lamp addresses comparable vision to be recognized in the dying process and after-death states. The root text also contains more advanced set of “close-to-heart” pith instructions using a series of metaphors to illustrate the meditative experiences and realizations at a more refined level. The two explanatory commentaries explain the main essential points of the root text. The two practice commentaries give different perspective on the actual practice.


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Heart Drops of Kun tu bZang po

by Shar rdza bra’ shis rGyal mtshan, translated by Geshe Sonam Gurang & Daniel P. Brown, D. (2018) under the guidance of His Holiness the 33 rd Menri Trizin. Occidental CA: Bright Alliance.

This book is the shortest of Shar rdza Rinpoche’s trilogy on Bon Great Completion by-passing meditation. It contains:

(1) a detailed set of by-passing preliminary practices, including very detailed emptiness meditations;

(2) thoroughly cutting through pith instructions on view, meditation, conduct, and fruition to establish stable awakening. Emphasis is given the “the great non-action” as the essential point for crossing over from ordinary mind to awakened mind-itself;

(3) by-passing pith instructions to purify ordinary perception so as to directly experience each of the levels of by-passing visions. Emphasis is given to the specialness of by-passing pith instructions as compared to thoroughly cutting through pith instructions, drawing from the teachings in Awakened Awareness of the Cuckoo and

(4) pith instructions for recognizing the very similar visions in the dying process and after-death bardos, so as to transfer-consciousness at that time.

This text was originally translated into English by Lopon Tenzin Namdak entitled Heart Drops of Dharmakāya, Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1993. That translation was based on lectures he gave on the text to Western students in Nepal in 1991. However, that translation, based on live lectures, is not a line-by-line translation of the original Tibetan text, and many quoted passages from other texts were omitted. Therefore, we have made this new, line-by-line, complete translation available here.


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Pith Instructions for A Khrid rDzogs Chen

by Bru rGyal ba g. Yung drung. (2017), translated by Geshe Sonam Gurang and Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. under the guidance of His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin for the Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation. Occidental CA: Bright Alliance.

A main practice manual from one of the four great lineages of Bon Great Completion meditation (rdzogs chen). These lineage teachings started with a fifty-session lesson plan by Ri Khrod, and eventually was reduced to 14 sessions by Bru rGyal ba. This step-by-step practice manual, using ‘intense means’ of pith instruction, covers three broad areas of practice:

(1) ripening the unripened mind-stream or building the vessel of the mind via preliminary practices such as impermanence, taking refuge, setting the intention (bodhicitta), confession, mandala offering, and guru yoga;

(2) bringing the ripened mind-stream to liberation through concentration training, directly pointing out the natural state, stabilizing awakened mind-itself in- and between meditation sessions, and mixing awakening into daily activities, and

(3) liberation to completion as Buddhahood, mainly through the practice of letting whatever arises run its own course without mental engagement so as to automatically self-liberate karmic memory traces in dreams, and with respect to ordinary everyday appearances. The final pith instructions open up the direct manifestation of the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment. The book includes the root text, and an extensive auto-commentary by the same author, and a supplemental instruction on consciousness-transference.


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Twenty One Nails

from the Zhang Zhung Oral Transmission Lineage of Bon Great Completion [Meditation], [the Root Text] transmitted by Tapihritsa with an auto-commentary attributed to Gyer spungs sNang bzher Lod po, translated by Daniel Brown, Ph.D. & Geshe Sonam Gurung, under the Guidance of His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin, for the Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation.

The Twenty One Nails is the companion teaching to the Six Lamps. It is designed to “nail” the realizations of twenty one perspectives on the natural state, such as cutting through delusion and purifying mistakes of practice; establishing the path of dharmadhatu exhaustion; recognizing awakened awareness, the universal ground, the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment, the pure realms of the sacred mandala as right here, and the five primordial wisdoms; and developing the full measure of stable enlightenment. The translation includes the root text teachings transmitted from Tapihritsa to sNang bzher Lod po, as well as a detailed explanatory auto-commentary by sNang bzher Lod po.


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The Precious Treasury of the Expanse and the Liveliness of Awakened Awareness

of Shar rdza bra’ shis rGyal mtshan. translated by Geshe Sonam Gurang & Daniel P. Brown, D. (2019) under the guidance of His Holiness the 33 rd Menri Trizin. Occidental CA: Bright Alliance.

This massive volume is the third masterpiece in Shar rdza Rinpoche’s trilogy on Bon Great Completion meditation. It is a detailed exposition of Great Completion across twenty one extensive chapters. The opening chapter states of Buddha-nature is inherent to all sentient beings. It also elucidates the 85 positive qualities of the completely purified mind. The second chapter reviews various kinds of pith instructions in the oral tradition, the tantras, and in Great Completion. The third chapter is a detailed discussion of various tantric practices with seed-syllables, sounds, initiations and gift-waves of influence, mandala visualizations, the accumulation and accomplishment stages of generation tantras. The fifth chapter is a detailed discussion of the kinds of spiritual duties required in different practices. The sixth and seventh chapters entail an extensive discussion of the natural state and universal ground and the way appearances arise from this universal ground. The eighth and ninth chapters sets out the sacred physical body—the channels, chakras, energy drops and winds and the unique channel system of the Lamps practice, as well as explaining the pith instructions regarding the practices related to the sacred body. Chapter ten describe the ordinary deluded world of sentient beings, the five elements and their manner of liberation through pointing out the expanse of the dharmakaya. Chapter eleven delineates the Great Completion path of liberation and the fruition of this path. It contains detailed instructions on various emptiness meditations, concentrative evenness, and practices to destroy habitual karmic tendencies and to liberation the mind-stream, and dispelling mistakes and obscurations along the path of liberation, and elucidating the stages along the path according to the capacity of the student. Chapters twelve and thirteen are a general introduction to Bon Great Completion meditation—the mind-, space-, and pith instruction-series of teachings. Chapter fourteen is a detailed explanation of how the pith instructions work in thoroughly cutting through Great Completion practice. Emphasis is given to the importance of ‘not-doing’ instructions for cross-over from ordinary mind to awakened mind, and the manner of liberation to the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment. Chapter fifteen is a detailed explanation of how the pith instructions work in by-passing Great Completion meditation. It begins with a detailed account of the differences between thoroughly cutting through and by-passing practice. It contains a detailed explanation of the Lamps by-passing practice. Chapter 16 elucidates the most secret essential points in by-passing practice, the levels of by-passing visions, and nailing the attainment. Chapter 17 is an explanation of dark retreat by-passing practice. Chapter eighteen presents a pointing out/pith instruction approach to a two pathway system—the path of delusion and samsara and the path of liberation and enlightenment. Emphasis is on the more refined close-to-heart determination as compared with standard pointing out pith instructions. Chapter nineteen discuss the signs of meditative progress expected along the by-passing Great Completion path of liberation. This includes a rare exposition of the four ways to attain rainbow body while dying. Chapter twenty is a detailed review of practices used during dying and the after-death bardos of dharmadhatu and rebirth. The last, twenty first chapter explains the fruition, Buddhahood in some detail—the ground of liberation, the manner of liberation, the process of dharmadhatu exhaustion, how enlightened intention manifests for the advanced practitioner, and how the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment and the primordial wisdoms directly manifest.

Coming Soon

Status: In translation one-third completed in draft form; projected publication in 2020


Enlightened Intention, the Good Spiritual Life, and Rainbow Body

including translations of The Four Manners of Dying to Accomplish Rainbow Body by Shar rdza bKra’ shis rGyal mtshan and another similar text by ‘Jam mgon Kong sprul, and The Sacred Biography of the Venerable Bon Lama, Zla ba Grags pa, written by bsKal bzang bsTan pa’ rGyal mtshan, and translated by Geshe Sonam Gurung and Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D., under the Guidance of H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin.

This book is about the manifestation of enlightened intention, in a practitioner’s lifetime, manifesting as leading the good spiritual life, and as the practitioner is dying, manifesting as rainbow body practice. The main text describes the spiritual life of the Bon practitioner Zla ba Grags pa, the main understudy of Shar rdza Rinpoche. It depicts the good spiritual life of intense devotion to advanced Bon Great Completion practice and to serving and teaching others. This lama’s rich life ended with the full manifestation of rainbow body. He received the instructions from his teacher the incomparable Shar rdza Rinpoche. The volume includes an extensive discussion of rainbow body as a practice, wherein the residual substantiality of the physical body is dissolves fully into light so that the body disappears into rainbow light a few days after dying. The book elucidates the four methods used to attain rainbow body while dying, and includes two translations of the four methods—one text from Shar rdza Rinpoche, and another text from ‘Jam mgon Kong sprul. The book also includes a discussion of rainbow body in terms of Western science: research on the resurrection and the Shroud of Turin in Christianity, and research on the relics of famous Buddhist and Bon enlightened masters, specifically with a focus on the question of whether or not enlightened intention can significantly alter physical reality.

Coming Soon

Status: Copy edited. Projected in 2020.


The Development and Training of Attention Skills in Children and Adolescents

by Michelle Bissanti, Daniel P. Brown, & Jae Pasari.

The book presents a detailed discussion of the research in the development of a variety of attention skills in infants, children, adolescents, and adults; the alerting system, the orienting attention system, and the executive attention system. The second chapter reviews the varieties of dysfunctional attention in the modern Western world, with emphasis on the vulnerability of children to: mindlessness, distracted concentration, the problem of apportion attention across tasks, mind-wandering, reactivity, lack of coherence of mind, lack of sufficient working memory, and poor metacognitive skills. Emphasis is given to n]how multimedia, video-gaming, web browsing, and mobile devices affect attention in children. The third chapter reviews a wide range of intervention studies on training mindfulness, concentration, training to reduce mind-wandering, the effects of multitasking, and reactivity, and training to increase metacognitive skills, working memory, and executive functions. The argument is made for the importance of training sustained concentration and distraction resistance over other attention skills. The remainder of the book gives detailed instructions for training concentration skills in children, adapted to developmental age: early preoperational children (ages 4-6), late preoperational children (ages 7-9), concrete operational children (ages 8-12), and adolescents (age 13 plus). These instructions have been adapted from standard Buddhist concentration training, from Asanga’s Nine Stages of Staying [Concentrated], modified and adapted for Western children according to developmental age and context. The book also includes field research on how concentration and working memory training is traditionally taught to children in Tibet and Nepal.

Coming Soon

Status: Sent for copy editing. Available in winter 2019.

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