A String of Pearls : A Collection of Dharma Lectures
Tshogs chos mu tig phreng ba. This appears to be an uncommon type of Tibetan text, a collection of transcribed lectures to be used as the basis for talks. Gampopa's collected works also includes pupils' records of talks he gave. These texts existed in manuscript form for centuries, and therefore published versions have a number of variations from which a critical edition needs to be made. The published editions in which this text appear include: Selected Writings of Sgam po pa Bsod nams rin chen (Dwags po lha rje) with the Biography Written by His Descendant Sgam Po Pa Bsod nams lhun grub (Dolanji: Tibetan Bonpo Monastic Center, 1974); Collected Works (Gsun 'bum) of Sgam po pa Bsod nams rin chen (Delhi: Shashin, 1976); A Treasury of Instructions on the Mahamudra (Nges don phyag rgya chen po'i khrid mdzod) (New Delhi: Shamar Rinpoche, 1997); Khams gsum chos kyi rgyal po mnyam med sgam po pa 'gro mgon bsod nams rin chen mchog gi gsung 'bum yid bzhin nor bu (Kathmandu:bShri Gautam Buddha Vihara, 2000); Collected Works (Gsung 'bum) of Sgam po pa Bsod nams rin chen (Darjeeling, West Bengal: Kagyu Sungrab Nyamso Khang, 1981); and Collected Works of Gampopa (Bsod nams rin chen gsun 'bum) (Sde dge, Tibet: Sde dge par khang chen mo, n.d.).
By understanding everything you perceive from the perspective of the view, you are freed from the constraints of philosophical beliefs.
By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
- Longchen Rabjam -