This book is a translation of the first part of Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities, which in a slender volume of elegant verses sets out briefly but comprehensively the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school. The concision of the root text and its use of elaborate poetic language, rich in metaphor, require extensive explanation, amply supplied here by the commentary of Kangyur Rinpoche.
The present volume lays out the teachings of the sutras in gradual stages according to the traditional three levels, or scopes, of spiritual endeavor. It begins with essential teachings on impermanence, karma, and ethics. Then, from the Hinayana standpoint, it describes the essential Buddhist teachings of the four noble truths and the twelve links of dependent arising. Moving on, finally, to the Mahayana perspective, it expounds fully the teachings on bodhichitta and the path of the six paramitas, and gives an unusually detailed exposition of Buddhist vows.
The paperback edition includes Jigme Lingpa’s root text in verse, which was not included in the hardcover edition.
Longchen Yeshe Dorje|Padmakara Translation Group
About Longchen Yeshe Dorje
Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche (1897-1975), of the monastery of Riwoche in Kham, was a great scholar and tertön. He left Tibet in the 1950s and was one of the first Tibetan masters to accept Western disciples.
About Padmakara Translation Group
The Padmakara Translation Group,based in France, has a distinguished reputation for its translations of Tibetan texts and teachings. Its work has been published in several languages and renowned for its clear and accurate literary style.
“I believe the members of the Padmakara Translation Group have taken great pains to render a clear, accessible English translation that readers will find illuminating.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book One by Jigme Lingpa; Commentary by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche; Foreword by H. H. the Dalai Lama; Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group