This experiential Song of the Dzogchen View, written by Ju Mipham with commentary by Khenpo Gangshar, starts with instructions for beginners to gain direct experience of freedom from extremes. Mipham’s song continues with instructions on the actual practice of Dzogchen – how to see directly un-obscured self-arisen awareness. This section of the song culminates in a profound meditation instruction on realizing the unmistaken meaning of the union of awareness and emptiness. The concluding sections clearly point out both the helpful and misleading teachings found in the exposition, sutra, mind only and middle way schools as presented by masters of the Sakya, Geluk, Kagyu and Drukpa lineages. Thrangu Rinpoche’s extensive teachings elucidate the meaning and make this experiential song accessible to both beginning and advanced practitioners. Practice sessions as well as question and answer sessions further clarify the meaning. This teaching is also available on DVD. Ju Mipcham’s song, together with an outline extracted from Khenpo Gangshar’s commentary, is included with the DVD set but not with this MP3 version. Translated by David Choepel.
- Mainly English Edition Because Thrangu Rinpoche often speaks for long periods of time in Tibetan when he teaches, his long monologues have been curtailed on CD and MP3 CD recordings (audio) to preserve the continuity of the teaching and make listening easier. Thus the voice heard for the majority of the time is that of the translator. DVD video recordings include all of Rinpoche’s Tibetan.
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- The MP3CDs available for sale on this web site are all clearly labeled and packaged in a clear case. The audio files on them have proper ID3 tag information, which means that on a computer, iPod or similar device the audio files will display (and can be searched by) Album (Title of teaching), Song (Talk number within a teaching) and Artist (Teacher).