A Dharma teaching transmitted by Guru Padmasambhava to King Mutik Tsenpo, concealed as Dharma treasure (terma) in the 8th century by Yeshe Tsogyal and revealed again by the very same incarnation of King Mutik Tsenpo named Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog. Most Ven. 3rd Drikung Ontül Rinpoche is now transmitting this teaching in the 21st century to fortunate students.
Drikung Kagyu Maha Ati (Dzogchen)
The Lineage Transmission
Guru Rinpoche to King Mutik Tsenpo (son of King Tsirong Deutsen) to
Drikung Tertön Rinchen Phuntsog (17th lineage holder of Drikung Kagyu &
YangZab gTerma Revealer) until the present day lineage holders Chokyi
Jungne (Present Holiness Chuntsang Rinpoche) and Thinley Lhundrub
(Present Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche).
The Yang Zab (The Practices of the Very Profound Vision) is regarded as
supreme among all the Yanas–it embodies the very essence of the tantric
teachings. As a Dzogchen practice, it is unique within the Drikung lineage, as
it was revealed by the Drikung Tertön (hidden treasure revealer), Rinchen
Phuntsog, who is also the 17th throne-holder of the Glorious Drikung Kagyu
During the eighth century, King Trisong Deutsen of Tibet, an emanation of
Manjushri, invited Guru Rinpoche to the Land of Snows in order to subdue
demonic forces hostile to the Dharma. Having accomplished his wishes and
having founded Samye Monastery, the king showed signs of approaching
death, and soon passed away. The king’s son, Prince Mutik Tsenpo (also
known as Sena Lek) became king, and received the Yang Zab empowerments
and instructions from Guru Rinpoche.
The youthful king found that his father’s duties were so numerous that he
had little time to practice Dharma. Guru Rinpoche instructed him to put the
practice into text form and prepare six copies on durable sheets of gold,
turquoise, copper and other materials.
These were then wrapped in precious materials and hidden by Yeshe Tsogyal
in Zhoto Terdrom on the limestone massif to the north, in the Great Assembly
Hall of the Sky Dancers’ cave (Khandro Tsok Khang Kiri Yang Zong Namkha
Phug) located in a towering peak.
Drikung Tertön Rinchen Phuntsog revealed the terma himself an emanation
of King Mutik Tsenpo, during the first half of the sixteenth century. The Yang
Zab has been transmitted uninterruptedly down through the Drikung lineage
to the present .
The Yangzab-Dzogchen Terma Introduction
Tonight we have the great opportunity to gather here again to receive the
precious Dharma teachings entitled “Dam Chö Gonpa Yangzab,” the Holy
Dharma of Profound Vision. There will be a series of topics from the Yangzab
Cycle of Dharma Collection and path, the purpose being to put the teachings
In Tibetan Buddhism, there are three great Dharma paths that are well
known, namely the Maha Ati (Dzogpa Chenpo or Dzogchen), Maha Mudra
(Chakgya Chenpo or Chakchen) and the Madhyamika (Middle View). All
three of these great Dharmas are essentially one and the same without
difference. However, there are differences in the methods used on each of the
great paths. As for the Yangzab, which is basically from the Dzogchen
category, it is extremely profound and swift in achieving the final goal of full
realization, or Buddhahood.
There is a saying with regard to Dzogchen practices, after receiving the
– If one practices Dzogchen in the morning, one will attain
Enlightenment in the morning.
– If one practices Dzogchen in the evening, one will attain Enlightenment
in the evening.
– If one who practices Dzogchen has great positive merit and karma, one
will attain Enlightenment immediately.
The teaching we are going to receive is called the Drikung Dzogchen practice.
It was called this for the reason that Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog revealed it
from hidden treasure. The Drikung Dzogchen compilation is arranged
according to the methods used in Dzogchen collections.
During his reign, the Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen started constructing the
Samye Monastery. The local demonic forces were very hostile to the Dharma
and created many obstacles in the process of constructing Samye. As progress
was therefore hindered, the demonic forces were successful in keeping the
Dharma from flourishing. In order to subdue all these demonic forces, the
King invited Guru Padmasambhava from India. Upon the arrival of Guru
Padmasambhava, all the demonic forces were subdued and the Dharma thus
began to flourish.
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