The role of a Vajra Master in a student's spiritual development to clear away hindrances on the path and enhance self-realization forms the core of this final volume in the Light of Wisdom series. Padmasambhava, the lotus-born founder of Vajrayana Buddhism, established Buddhist doctrine in Tibet during the eighth century. He concealed teachings in the form of hidden treasures, to be revealed at an appropriate time in the future.
The book is a combination of three texts: the root text, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence comprising oral instructions of Padmasambhava, recorded by his chief female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal; The Light of Wisdom by Jamgön Kongtrul, one of the most prominent Buddhist masters of nineteenth-century Tibet, an extensive commentary on this sacred scripture; and Entering the Path of Wisdom, annotations on the commentary by Jamyang Drakpa, a student of Jamgön Kongtrul as dictated to the scholar Jokyab Rinpoche.
Table of Contents:
List of Teachers -- Editors Preface -- Volume III. The Root Text -- The Commentary -- Chapter 24. The All-Encompassing Activities -- Chapter 25. The Path of Accomplishing -- Chapter 26. The Result -- The Notes -- Restricted Topics and Chapters -- Volume V. The Root Text -- Epilogue -- The Commentary -- Chapter 34. Clearing Hindrances -- Chapter 35. Enhancement -- Chapter 36. The Final Fruition -- Chapter 37. The Purpose of Oral Instructions -- Chapter 38. Advice and Entrustment -- Chapter 39. Conclusion -- Chapter 40. Colophon for the Commentary -- Appendix I. The Forty-six Faults -- Appendix II. General and Particular Maras -- Appendix III. Major and Minor Marks -- The Notes.
The Light of Wisdom: The Conclusion, presents detailed explanations of the activities of a Vajra Master and Buddhist practices to clear away hindrances on the path and enhance realization. The book is a combination of three texts:
The root text, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence is oral instructions of Padmasambhava, recorded by his chief female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal. Padmasambhava established the Buddhist doctrine in Tibet during the eight century. He concealed teachings in the form of hidden treasures, to be revealed at an appropriate time in the future. The Light of Wisdom by Jamgon Kongtrul, one of the most prominent Buddhist masters of nineteenth-century Tibet, is an extensive commentary on this sacred scripture. Entering the Path of Wisdom consists of annotations on the commentary by Jamyang Drakpa, a student of Jamgon Kongtrul, dictated to Jokyab Rinpoche.
The root text of Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, a terma revealed by the great treasure-finder Chokgyur Lingpa, and its commentary by Kongtrul Rinpoche, the great translator in person, form together a complete scripture that embodies all the tantras, statements and instructions of the Nyingma School of the early translations, which is most rare to find in the past, present, or future. ...I find it important that all Dharma practitioners study and reflect upon this book.
-- Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
It is correct that it will be quite difficult to practice the entire Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, so you should use what is directly appropriate for your training. It is never said that you should practice an entire root text as Light of Wisdom contains the complete path for different kinds of individuals, both of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. But since its title is the Wisdom Essence, it means that its ultimate practice is Dzogchen.
-- Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche