Dra Thalgyur Tantra

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Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Fa Dao » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:24 pm

This Tantra seems to be one that is referenced a great deal by many different Dzogchen Teachers. So of course I am thinking it is of obvious importance. I have a few questions ....#1 Can anyone who can actually read Tibetan give a brief synopsis of the main thrust of this Tantra in comparison to say other Dzogchen Tantras? and #2 how difficult is this Tantra to read if one were to try and learn Tibetan? I just remember somewhere where ChNN had said how difficult some passages were in the Marvelous Primordial State to render into English. It seems that some things in Tibetan are more direct and pithy and others...well..not so much. Any help/insight would be greatly appreciated.
"But if you know how to observe yourself, you will discover your real nature, the primordial state, the state of Guruyoga, and then all will become clear because you will have discovered everything"-Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Malcolm » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:42 pm

Fa Dao wrote:This Tantra seems to be one that is referenced a great deal by many different Dzogchen Teachers. So of course I am thinking it is of obvious importance. I have a few questions ....#1 Can anyone who can actually read Tibetan give a brief synopsis of the main thrust of this Tantra in comparison to say other Dzogchen Tantras? and #2 how difficult is this Tantra to read if one were to try and learn Tibetan? I just remember somewhere where ChNN had said how difficult some passages were in the Marvelous Primordial State to render into English. It seems that some things in Tibetan are more direct and pithy and others...well..not so much. Any help/insight would be greatly appreciated.


This tantra is a sprawling text that cannot be correctly read without the aid of a commentary.

It presents the entire path of Dzogchen, embryology, cosmology, etc.

Even if one were to learn Tibetan, a classical education in the five classical sciences is a requirement to actually understand any of these texts.
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Fa Dao » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:50 pm

Thanks Malcolm..thats what I was afraid of..and let me guess..there is no English translation/commentary, right?
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Malcolm » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:51 pm

Fa Dao wrote:Thanks Malcolm..thats what I was afraid of..and let me guess..there is no English translation/commentary, right?


Not yet...Jean Luc Achard has apparently rendered the whole in French however. I am slowly working on it, and have let the SSI translators know this. So who knows, perhaps my draft will someday become the basis for a publication. But I have completed less than 10 percent.
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Fa Dao » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:02 pm

yes yes..JLA has rendered almost everything into French..woo hoo for the French and bummer for the majority of the rest of the planet who speaks English. :rolling:
Good to know that you are out there Malcolm putting in the hours you do. Have you ever thought about self publishing? I know that with all of the hours you have put in on a daily basis for years that you must have TONS of cool stuff. I am sure that there are numerous people here that would contribute to getting your stuff self published and then you could be in control of getting it to those that have transmission...just a thought..
here is a link to a place I used many years ago that did a very good job for me..
http://www.48hrbooks.com
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby gad rgyangs » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:06 pm

the abidharmakosa translation is from the french. it shouldnt be hard or take too long to translate the tantra from french to english.
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby Malcolm » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:43 am

gad rgyangs wrote:the abidharmakosa translation is from the french. it shouldnt be hard or take too long to translate the tantra from french to english.


Much if the tantra makes very little sense on its own without the commentary.

The commentary is roughly 1400 folios long.
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Re: Dra Thalgyur Tantra

Postby gad rgyangs » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:20 am

Malcolm wrote:
gad rgyangs wrote:the abidharmakosa translation is from the french. it shouldnt be hard or take too long to translate the tantra from french to english.


Much if the tantra makes very little sense on its own without the commentary.

The commentary is roughly 1400 folios long.


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