Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Rinpoche Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Gyatso Rinpoche

OPENING THE DHARMA

A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE
ESSENCE OF THE LIMITLESS VEHICLES
OF THE BUDDHA.

Written by
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

Translated by
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Gyatso

Introduction

During the nineteenth century the Great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) was
famous in Tibet as a Non-Sectarian (Tib: Ri.med) Master. Along with Jamgon Kongtrul
and Patrul Rinpoche he pioneered the spirit of tolerance and eclecticism which became
known as the Remay Movement. This movement led to a complete revitalisation of the
rich spiritual culture of Tibet.

   When he died it was believed that he dissolved into the heart of the Indian saint
Vimalamitra, who resides on Manjushri's Mount Wutai in China. Then, as he had
predicted, he manifested five incarnations (Body, Speech, Mind, Quality, and Activity).
Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1896-1959) from Dzongsar, an authority on all
Traditions and holder of all the major lineages, was the activity incarnation and
became known as one of the most outstanding Tibetan Masters of this century.

   In his book, "Opening the Dharma", Chokyi Lodro gives explanations of the four
major sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyud and Nyingma), outlining
their lineages and histories, their individual special characteristics and the main
practices common to all four Traditions. Included is a brief explanation of how to find
happiness by cultivating virtues of body, speech and mind, how to accumulate the
Merit and Wisdom required for Enlightenment.

Forward

   Recently Lama Sherab Gyaltsen insisted I translate this text into English, as
these days many people all over the world are interested to know about the Buddha's
Dharma. I hope this book will benefit all sentient beings, especially in this present
age of degeneration, when there are many disputes and disagreements among
the followers of the different Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

   I would like to thank Ms. Diane Bowen for editing and helping with the translation,
Ms. Yong Siew Chin for typing and other assistance, and Mrs. Leong of Ipoh for her
donation.

   May all sentient beings find bliss and perfect happiness.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.
Malaysia,
October, 1984


 
HOMAGE TO MANJUSHRI

To my Guru and Protector Manjushri, I pay homage.
To the net of viewing self-identities 1 has been slashed
By the brilliant light of your Wisdom Sword,
Which penetrates the three realms.
To the great collection of all the Victorious Ones'
Most excellent Wisdom,
To Protector Manjushri I prostrate.


Contents

The Limitless Vehicles of the Buddha

The Essential Path of all Traditions

Heart Advice in a Nutshell

Prayer for Propagation of the teachings of the Khyentse Lineage

Notes to the English Translation

Notes to Heart Advice


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