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The Great Drikung Teaching

Tibetan Title: འབྲི་གུང་ཚོགས་ཆོས་ཆེན་མོ།།
Translated Title: The Great Drikung Teaching to the Assembly of Distinguished Disciples
Author: Sherab Jungne
Pages: 163
Translators: Sonam Spitz (English) and Katrin Querl (German) in collaboration with Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen

This text contains teachings that were given by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön to his disciples and were written down by one of his closest disciples, Sherab Jungne. The text is structured according to what were assumably individual teaching sessions given by Jigten Sumgön, introduced by the words “Once the precious teacher taught the following … ” (yang bla ma rin po che’i zhal snga nas) or suchlike. The contents center around crucial points of the Buddhadharma, an understanding of which will prevent the practitioner from mistaken dharma practice. In doing so, the teachings often have striking similarity with contents of the Single Intention (dGongs gcig). Throughout the text, profound pints of various strands of the Buddha’s teaching are put in the context of direct practice instructions and the liveliness of the yogic assembly is evoked through anecdotes, stories, and ample reprimands alike.

The Single Intention

Tibetan Titles: དགོངས་གཅིག་གསལ་བྱེད་ལུང་རིགས་སྙིང་པོའི་གཏེར།། (མཁན་པོ་ཀུན་དཔལ་གྱིས་མཛད་)/  དམ་ཆོས་དགོངས་པ་གཅིག་པའི་ཁོག་དབུབ་བསྡུས་དོན་ནོར་བུའི་འོད་ཟེར།། (རིན་ཆེན་བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱིས་མཛད་)
Translated Titles: Clarification of The Single Intention: Treasury of Essential Scriptures and Reasoning(by Khenpo Kunpal), and Jewel Light Rays: Concise Overview of the Sacred Dharma, The Single Intention (by Rinchen Jangchub).
Pages: 100
Translators: Solvej Hyveled Nielsen (English), Könchog Yeshe Metog/ Claudia Jürgens (German), Vita Teivane (Russian), Acarya Nyima (Chinese) in collaboration with Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen

Jigten Sumgön’s (1143–1217)Sacred Dharma: The Single Intentionis a key philosophical text for the Kagyu tradition, and it has also been called The great tenet system of the Dagpo Kagyuby Karmapa Mikyö Dorje. It contains the special teachings of Jigten Sumgön, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu, in 150 pithy “vajra statements.” The Nyingma scholar and practitioner, Khenchen Kunzang Palden (Khenpo Kunpal for short), was a student of the famous Ju Mipam Gyatso Rinpoche and Dza Patrul Rinpoche, and he studied and practiced at Dzogchen Monastery in East Tibet. He wrote one of the many commentaries to Jigten Sumgön’sThe Single Intention, and the translation of this annotation commentary constitutes the main part of our book. The seven chapters of The Single Intention are entitled: 1) The Dharma wheels, 2) dependent origination, 3) the vinaya for individual liberation, 4) the bodhisattva vows, 5) the vows of the Secret Mantra, 6) view, meditation, and conduct, and 7) the fruition. Besides the translation of Khenpo Kunpal’s annotation commentary, the book will also contain a translation of the root text, which is a shortened and versified version of Jigten Sumgön’s vajra statements by Lo Trinlé Namgyal (b. 1624). It will moreover be supplemented by a translation of Jigten Sumgön’s direct disciple Rinchen Jangchub’s overview (khog dbub) text that discusses various topics of the Single Intention, and a short biography of Khenpo Kunpal.