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The Practices of Tranquility and Insight (MP3 CD)

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This MP3 is a recording of the teachings The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche gave at the first Treasury of Knowledge retreat in Texas. These talks are based on the eighth section of The Treasury of Knowledge by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. This section is an examination of the training in excellent meditative absorption. In these talks, Rinpoche begins by providing a brief introduction to the Hinayana and Mahayana paths. He then presents the causes of tranquility, tranquility meditation methods, the defects or impediments to tranquility practice and associated remedies, and the stages of tranquility. Rinpoche then presents three varieties of insight. These talks also include teachings on the Bodhisattva Vow, including the forms of compassion, the causes of Bodhicitta, the conditions necessary to support generating Bodhicitta, the meaning of Bodhicitta, and the commitments of Bodhicitta. Rinpoche concludes these talks by providing a short introduction to the five stages of the Bodhisattva path and the six perfections. Altogether, these talks provide an excellent overview of the Mahayana Path of practice. These twelve talks are translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. This MP3 is edited to provide a “Mainly English” version of these teachings.
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  • Because Ponlop Rinpoche often spoke for long periods of time in Tibetan, his long monologues have been curtailed on this MP3 recording (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, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. DVD video recordings are not available for this teaching. If you wish to hear all of Rinpoche's Tibetan you will need to special order the audio cassette recordings (by telephone or email). Because we no longer market cassettes, your order may be delayed and a premium will be charged to account for the time it takes to produce cassettes.

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