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This book is an edited transcript of the discourse given by Kyabje Menri Tridzin Lungtog Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche during his visit to Shenten Dargye Ling Bönpo centre, France, in 2010. The teachings are based on Athri Bönpo Dzogchen cycle and contain clear and lucid instructions on approaching Dzogchen, starting from Preliminary Practices right up to the Introduction to the Natural State of Mind, Dzogchen itself.

Kyabje Menri Tridzin Rinpoche’s unique teaching style combines scholastic brilliance and profound personal experience with humour and a knowledge of life’s sometimes harsh realities. This book will be equally useful to all, from those who have just discovered the Yungdrung Bön tradition to academicians and scholars, students and practitioners.

You can order this book here:
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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

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In addition A Tri Dzogchen Ngöndro:

By: The Ven. senior Geshe Atri Latri Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche
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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:43 pm

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The undermentioned daily prayers, is a part of the A Khrid Ngöndro practice.

I did obtain this practice in Menri Monastery, Dolanji / India.

It forms the base to stars. The meaning of the name Ngöndro (sngon 'gro) is, something that is undertaken before.

There are:
1) Outer preliminaries
2) Inner preliminary practices

1) Outer preliminaries:
In the form of analytic meditations / contemplations which turn the mind of the practicioner away from the worldly distratctions and thus more towards the spiritual practice.

Concern the meditation on:
a) The advantages of the precious human birth
b) Impermanence
c) The effect of karma
d) The suffering of the sentient beings within the 6 realms

2) Inner preliminary practices:
The second part forms the inner preliminaries, designed to purify the basic dissonant emotions the klesha's.

Further are the inner preliminary practices based on the taking of refuge in conjunction with:

the performance of the prostrations - which purifies pride
mandala offerings - which purifies attachment
Prayer to ones Root Lama - which purifies delusion and provides the blessings out of the lineage. This helps in realizing the Natural State
100 syllable mantra - which purifies delusion / karma



Daily Prayers of A Khrid Dzogchen preliminary Practice:


Prayer to Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen - Track 1 - Page 2
Prayer for Seeking a Lama - Track 2 – Page 3
Prayer on the importance of Being Human - Track 3 - Page 4
Generating the Mind of Compassion - Track 4 - Page 5
Refuge - Track 5 - Page 6
Confession and the Purification of Negative Actions - Track 6 - Page 7
Mandala offering - Track 7 - Page 9
Prayer to ones Root Lama - Track 8 - Page 10
Purification of Obstacles - Track -9 - Page 11
Prayer for Blessings - Track 10 - Page 13
The Three heart Mantra’s - Track 11 - Page 20
100 Syllable Mantra - Track 12 - Page 22
Mantra for offering the Mandala - Track 13 - Page 25
Dedication - Track 14 - Page 26
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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

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THE KUNDROL RINPOCHE TRADITION OF A TRI.



Tashi delek,

The Kundrol Rinpoche Tradition of the A Tri is a tradition where Shardza Rinpoche and the 5th Kundrol Rinpoche (Rigdzin Namkha Drakpa) are involved. Shardza Rinpoche made his interpretation about the Ngondro The Commentary written by Shardza Rinpoche on the preliminaries of the Triyik Marmo Dzubtsuk has become famous in the Kundrol Lineage because it clearly integrates the sophisticated approach of exegesis and the direct oral instructions on « how to actually » practice.


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By JLA.

The Complete Summary or Marti Gongpa Yongdü (dMar khrid dgongs pa yongs dus) contains the following texts:

1.The Supreme Path leading to Liberation (Thar pa bgrod pai lam chog)
which deals with the preliminaries.

2. Calling the Lama from far (Bla ma rgyang bod).

3. The Ladder-Path to Liberation (Thar pai skas lam),
which is the largest work of the collection and is centered on Mahamudra. This is actually a good example of Mahamudra teachings in Bonpo context.

4. The Natural Arising of the Wisdom of the Great Perfection (rDzogs pa chen po ye shes rang shar), the actual, main text on Dzogchen practice.

5. The Universal, Unsurpassable Peak of the Great Middle (dBu ma chen po bla med yongs rtse), an
interesting example of what Bonpos understand as Great Madhyamaka.

6. The Extrordinary Fair of the Visions of Clear-Light
(Od gsal ngo mtshar snang bai ltas mo), a shorter work on the visions of Thogel.

7. The Great Meteor of Wisdom (Yeshe skar mda chen po),
dealing with Bardos and Phowa practices.

8. The Melidious Sound of Awareness (Rig pai sgra dbyangs),
a text describing the technique for being directly introduced to the state of Awareness through
sounds. Quite a rare kind of teachings. Summarized in The Dawn of Awareness

9. The Mirror of the Heart of the Arcanum (Yang gab snying gi me long),
on the practice of the « messenger ».

10. The Secret, Swift Path of the Messenger (Pho nya mgyogs pai gsang lam),
another, much longer, text on the practice of the messenger.

11. The Beautiful Mansion of the Gods (Lha yi khang bzang),
short instructions on the methods for finding a suitable place.

12. The Wishing Cow of Mind (Yid kyi dod jo),
on the methods for finding a proper « friend » for practice.

The Commentary written by Shardza Rinpoche on the preliminaries of the Triyik Marmo Dzubtsuk has become famous in the Kundrol Lineage because it clearly integrates the sophisticated approach of exegesis and the direct oral instructions on « how to actually » practice.

I suspect Shardza wrote it essentially with the idea of making something quite definitive. This is why it stands as one of his masterpieces, and it appears that he was asked twice to compose the work.
The instructions that are included by Shardza directly come from the oral transmission he received from his root-master, the 5th Kundrol Rinpoche (Rigdzin Namkha Drakpa) who was one of the most important Tulku of this line of transmission and one of the most famous.



The contents of Shardzas text are as follows :

1. How to follow a master
2. The difficulty of obtaining a human body
3. The impermanence of life
4. The drawbacks of Samsara
5. The inevitability of karmic results

6. Reflection on the advantages of Liberation
7. Instructions on faith
8. Refuge
9. Pure and Perfect Mind (Bodhicitta)
10. 100 syllable mantra
11. Offering of the mandala
12. Guru-Yoga
13. Dedication
14. The lineage of the transmission

In the edition i have, a short work entitled The Seven Preliminaries of the Triyik Marmo Dzubtsuk is
included. It was authored by Tenpa Wangyel and has the following contents :

1. How to attend a master
2. Difficulty of obtaining a human body
3. Impermanence
4. Drawbacks of Samsra
5. Causes and fruits of karma
6. The Advantages of Liberation
7. Faith
8. Refuge
9. Bodhicitta
10. Confession
11. Mandala Offering
12. Guru-Yoga

I think the first 6 are counted as one preliminary and with the rest of the list it makes the 7 preliminaries.



The entry i wrote in Enlightened Rainbows (p. 402-403) on this Commentary is as follows :

This text is quite famous among Shardza Rinpoche’ s works and within the New Bon tradition in Eastern Tibet.
[1] There exist at least two xylographic versions: one was probably prepared in sMon rgyal monastery
[2] and the second one was from bSam gtan bon gling in rNga ba province.
[3] The two prints are quite similar and only insignificant orthographic variants have been noticed.

The text was written in 1901 by Shardza Rinpoche in his hermitage of bDe chen ri khrod, at the request of Kong sprul rin po che (1813-1899), dBal khyung mchog sprul gSang sngags gling pa (1864-?) and mChog sprul g.Yung drung bstan dzin snying po. However, according to the authors extended biography (no. 325, pp. 174-175), the composition of the work was first requested by bsTan dzin Chi med gtsug phud, the then lineage holder of the rgyal sras line of incarnations associated with the Kun grol embodiments. According to this text, the request took place in 1894 (shing rta) but Shardza Rinpoche probably did not fulfill it that year.

The text is a commentary or explanation (rnam bshad) on the practice of the extraordinary preliminaries (thun mong ma yin pai sngon gro) according to the Khrid yig dmar mo mdzub tshugs that was revealed by the first Kun grol rin po che Ja tshon snying po, b. 1700). This cycle actually forms the essential guidance (dmar khrid) of the A khrid instructions, its historical sources and origin being discussed as follows by Shardza Rinpoche in his preface to the work: the source of these instructions is the Absolute Body Kun tu bzang po who enunciated the teachings of the Great Perfection for the sake of all beings.

Within these teachings, the system compiled by Bru rGyal ba g.yung drung (1242-1290) contains the core of all rDzogs chen instructions (this is a reference to the Bru a khrid thun mtshams bco lnga pa).

From the 21st lineage holder of this tradition, sTag gu Nyi ma rgyal mtshan onward, the lineage was divided into 2 branches respectively known as:
a: the White Instructions (dkar khrid, i.e., generic instructions or guidance)
b: the Red Instructions (dmar khrid, i.e., essential instructions or guidance).

The teachings associated with the latter have been compiled by Rig dzin Kun grol grags pa (b. 1700, the 26th lineage holder) in his Khrid yig dmar mo mdzub tshugs which thus contains the ultimate complementary teachings connected to the A khrid, such as thod rgal instructions, dark retreats (mun khrid), etc., which are lacking in the original cycle.


[1] Note the recurring mention of the 4 Emanation Bodies (sprul sku rnam bzhi) in the colophon. Founders of the New Bon tradition, these personages are:

1.sPrul sku Blo ldan snying po (b. 1360) ,
2. Mi shig rdo rje,
3. Sangs rgyas gling pa (1705-1735),
4.Kun grol grags pa (b. 1700).

[2] This is apparently the one reproduced in this volume of the Bon gyi brten gyur chen mo.
[3] See also the 1985 Minling Yungdrung Ling edition:Khrid yig dmar mo mdzug tsug gi s?on groi
rnam b?ad bde chen thar pai lam bza?, An exegesis ofthe preliminary practice to the New Bon Rdzogs-chen (Bon gsar) teachings revealed by Kun-grol-grags-pa by ?ar rdza Bkra-?is-rgyal-mtshan (1859-1934). Reproduced from a print of the A-mdo R?a-ba Bsam-gtan-bon-gli? blocks. Published by Tinley Jatso, Minling Yungdrung Ling Bon Monastery, Dehra Dun, 1985.
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THE DZOGCHEN A TRI LINEAGE

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THE A TRI DZOGCHEN TEACHINGS
BY
JOHN REYNOLDS

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A-khrid:

The first cycle here of Dzogchen teachings is called A-khrid (pronounced A-tri), that is, the teachings that guide one (khrid) to the Primordial State (A).

The white Tibetan letter A is the symbol of Shunyata and of primordial wisdom.

The founder of this tradition was Meuton Gongdzad Ritrod Chenpo, who was frequently just known as Dampa, "the holy man." He extracted these Dzogchen precepts from the Khro rgyud cycle of texts.

Together with the Zhi-ba don gyi skor, these texts formed part of the sPyi-spungs yan-lag gi skor cycle of teachings that belong to the Father Tantras (pha rgyud) originally attributed to Tönpa Shenrab in the guise of Chimed Tsugphud ('Chi-med gtsug-phud).

To this collected material, Meuton added his own mind treasure (dgongs gter) and organized the practice of the cycle into 80 meditation sessions extending over several weeks. This was known as the A-khrid thun mtsham brgyad-cu-pa.

The instructions were divided into 3 sections dealing with:

- the view (lta-ba),
- the meditation (sgom-pa),
- the conduct (spyod-pa).

Upon a successful completion of the 80 session course, one received the title of Togdan (rtogs-ldan), that is, "one who possesses understanding."

The system was later condensed by his successors. In the 13th century Aza Lodo Gyaltsan reduced the number of sessions to 30 and subsequently in the same century Druchen Gyalwa Yungdrung wrote a practice manual in which the number of sessions in retreat (thun mtsham) was further reduced to 15.

This popular practice manual is known as the A-khrid thun mtsham bco-lnga-pa. And in the present century, the great Bönpo master Shardza Rinpoche wrote extensive commentaries on the A-khrid system, together with the associated dark retreat (mun mtshams).

The A-khrid tradition, where the practice is very systematically laid out in a specific number of sessions, in many ways corresponds to the rDzogs-chen sems-sde of the Nyingmapa tradition.
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THE SPIRITUAL LINEAGE OF A TRI

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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:53 am

Tashi delek ,

Here a link to A Tri Ngöndro of Chapur Rinpoche.

It is the complete Nöndro including the 100 syllable Mantra, which is identical to the ZZNG purification mantra.
http://gyalshen.org/ngondro-preliminary/

Geshela also gives guidance to this Ngöndro via webcasting:
https://gyalshen.org/ngondro-practice-online/

All in all a very complete form of Ngöndro, with professional guidance. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:16 pm

Tashi delek,

Bön A Tri Dzogchen Ngöndro, chant by Gehsela Chaphur.
Must say, missing is here some parts of the A Tri Ngöndro, like the 100 syllable Mantra.
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What is chanted here by Geshela is:

1. Prayer to Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen
2. Refuge
3. Generating Mind of Compassion / Bodhicitta
4. Mandala offering
5. 3 Herat Mantras
6. Dedication


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Re: Dzogchen Athri Cycle

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:33 pm

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By:
John Reynolds


The system of A-khrid is often described as a composition by Dampa Ritröpa Chenpo based on the famed Tantric cycle known as the 6 Tantras of the Wrathfull Ones (Khro bo rgyud drug).

However, according to Shardza Rinpoche and to Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, this is a mistake. Rather the original source of the A-khrid system is a set of texts collectively known as the 9 Series of Minor Works on Mind (Sems smad sde dgu).

This cycle is itself divided into 3 main subdivisions :
— the Cycle of the 9 Arcanes (Gab pa dgu skor), which is the main root-text,
— the Cuckoo of Awareness (Rig pa'i khu byug), a secondary root-text which has nothing to do with the text of the same title among the Nyingma Semde tradition
— the 7 Series of Minor Works on Mind (Sems phran sde bdun) which contain 7 shorter Dzogchen Tantras.

Actually, the instructions on practice are quite dispersed in these works and it is for this reason that Dampa Ritröpa decided to organize these instructions into a coherent system.

This was the birth of A-khrid.
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