"In short, basic space adorned with the bodies and wisdoms is emptiness endowed with all supreme aspects at the time of the fruition. This is the superior ultimate truth. As manifestations of this state, the appearances of the world and its inhabitants are by nature bodies and wisdoms that lack true establishment. This illusory wisdom is the superior relative truth." Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, Jamgon Mipam
The Wisdom of Manjusri
"The very first entry in the tantra section of the Buddhist canon translated into Tibetan, right before the Kalacakra root tantra, is the Jampal Tsenjod ( 'jam dpal mtshan yang dag par brjod pa ) Professing The Qualities of Manjusri. Presented here, alongside a new translation of the root tantra that seeks to convey its poetic brilliance as a classical masterpiece of world literature, are three original commentaries: two by Indian masters, Vimalamitra and Garab Dorje, and one by the renowned 11th century Tibetan master Rongzom Mahapandita. Together they provide a complete view of the importance of this text within the Nyingma tradition, and for the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings in general."
The Guru Drinks Bourbon?
Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. Because the guru can and will use whatever means it takes to wake us up, this relationship may require us to drop our most deeply held beliefs and expectations. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse addresses some of the most misunderstood aspects of this powerful relationship and gives practical advice on making the most of this precious opportunity for transformation. Through stories and classical examples, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, before taking the leap.