A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom: Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices (Hardcover)

Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

By Bdud-'Joms, Padmakara Translation Group (Translator)

Shambhala, 9781590309094, 400pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2011



The foundations of Vajrayana practice are laid out with eloquence and precision here by one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our age. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's commentary on the preliminary practices (ngondro) is informed by his profound realization and wide-ranging scholarship, and illuminated with an array of quotations from the Vinaya, Sutra, and Tantra traditions. In addition to the commentary on the outer and inner preliminary practices, he provides other invaluable instructions on the correct view, conduct, and activity of a practitioner. Dudjom Rinpoche taught that the realization of the teachings of the Great Perfection depends entirely on the practice of these preliminary practices, thus his compassionate exposition of them here makes this book a particularly precious resource for anyone who seeks to remove the obstacles between themselves and the total freedom of enlightenment.

About the Author

Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje (1904-1987) was a highly revered Buddhist meditation master and the leader of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He also traveled and taught extensively, proving instrumental in bringing Buddhism to people in Europe, North America, and other parts of Asia. He founded a teaching and meditation center in Dordogne, France, in 1980, where he lived until his death in 1987.

Praise For A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom: Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

“Renowned Tibetan Buddhist master H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche offers Dharma teachings drawn from an array of subjects. Sharp, forthright, direct—this work is a treasure of heart advice.”—Tricycle

“The detailed commentary by world-renowned meditation master and teacher Dudjom Rinpoche makes it accessible to students at all levels of Buddhist practice. Solidly anchored in Eastern spiritual tradition, A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom speaks very clearly to those listening with a Western ear.”—Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer

“Like a coach prepping an athlete for heightened performance, Dudjom Rinpoche leads the practitioner systematically through the stages of preparing for Tantra.”—Buddhadharma