If we have a Bön Dzogchen cycle of teachings there is also a kind of practice manual, which we better can call a complementary cycle.
So we have in Bön Dzogchen:
1. The complementary cycle of the ZZNG is / Chaktri / Phyag-khrid
2. The complementary cycle of the Gabpa Gukor is / Atri - A-khrid
3. The complementary cycle of the Yetri Thasel is / Namkha Trüldzö
4. The complementary cycle of the Drakpa Korsum is / Yangtse Longchen.
The Yangtse Longchen has benefitted from an extensive exegetical tradition with at least 5 great commentaries
1. The Lamp of Solar Rays (Nyi zer sgron ma) which is anonymous and unfortunately incomplete
2. The Key Opening the Conventional Meaning (Drang don 'byed pa'i lde mig) which was composed by Rangdrol Lama Gyeltsen sometimes in the 14th century
3. The Key Opening the Definitive Meaning (Nges don 'byed pa'i lde mig), by Rangdrol Lama Gyeltsen
4. The Commentary on the Celestial Ornament (Nam mkha'i rgyan 'grel), by Kyabtön Rin chen Özer (15th century)
5. The Lamp Clarifying Darkness (sGron ma mun sel) by Gyelwa Yungdrung himself.
The whole set of commentaries covers about 700 pages.
- A khrid/gab pa gu kor: corresponding to sems sde (the mind class)
- Drag pa skor gsum - corresponding to klong sde (the vast class)
- Zhang zhung snyan gyu: corresponding to man ngag sde (the upadesha class)
- The Ye-khri belongs to the 4ht section of the Man-ngag-sde (the Innermost Secret Cycle).
The Yetri is one of the central cycles known as forming the “Bön of India” (rgya gar gyi bon).
This does not mean that it originates from India but rather that the teachings went from Tazik to Zhangzhung, from Zhangzhung to India, and from India to Tibet.
The discoverer of the cycle was Lungbön Lhanyen (1088-?) who was a young contemporary of Milarepa (1040-1123). Just like Milarepa, he studied under the guidance of Gyetön Trose who himself was a disciple of Nyentön Zibji. This Nyentön was a famed Bönpo master to whom three Buddhists coming from Tsang gave the termas they had revealed in Yerpa near Lhasa.
Lungbön Lhanyen was also a disciple of the immortal saint Tsewang Rigdzin whom he met in the solitude of the high plateaux. Among the many Dzogchen cycles that Tsewang Rigdzin gave him is the Ye-khri.
The collection as we have it now seems to be incomplete. It was heavily edited by Lunggom Khorlo, a disciple of Lungön Lhanyen, who mixed it with his own Terma revelations. The cycle now counts some 12 (+1) individual works in the Delhi 1984 edition and 11 in the modern Triten Norbutse edition of 2005.
Discussion of the fifth religious tradition of Tibet.
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