Dam Ngak Dzo, Treasury of Pith Instructions
Dzongsar Institute, Chauntra,
Himachal Pradesh, India
17 November 2012 - 27 January 2013
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche will bestow the Dam Ngak Dzo, Treasury of Pith Instructions, the first of five treasuries compiled and structured by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye in the 1800s.
The Dam Ngak Dzo contains the most important teachings of the eight main practicing lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. In order to maintain the vitality of these lineages Jamgon Kongtrul collected the most important of their pith instructions in this Treasury.
These eight teachings are Kadampa teachings, Lamdre (the path with its result) teachings, Marpa Kagyu teachings, Shangpa Kagyu teachings, Shije (pacification) and its branch of Chod teachings, Six Branch Vajrayoga teachings (Jordruk), Three Indestructible Realities, Service and Attainment (Dorje Sumgyi Nyendrub) and other minor teachings, and Dzogchen teachings. Each set of teachings is complete within itself.
Although the Nyingma teachings comes first in the volumes, when Jamgon Kongtrul and Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro passed on these teachings they started with the Kadampa teachings since these lay the foundation of Bodhicitta and gave the Dzogchen teachings of the Nyingmapa as the last part. Khyentse Rinpoche will follow this tradition. In the spirit of Rime, the Dam Ngak Dzo is about authentic teachings that are practiced; it is not about religious sects.
Useful information on Dam Ngak Dzo can be found on the Tsadra Foundation - Dam Ngak Dzo website. This link takes you directly to Ringu Tulku's contents of the Dam Ngak Dzo teaching. The book 'Rime Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great' translated by Venerable Ringu Tulku, and the book 'Jamgon Kongtrul - Treasury of Knowledge - Esoteric Instructions' translated and annotated by Sarah Harding, a member of the Kalu Rinpoche Translation Group and a fellow with the Tsadra Foundation, are two other excellent resources.
The Dam Ngak Dzo transmission is open to everyone. There will be simultaneous English translation, and possibly Chinese translation also. Bring an FM radio to receive the translation.
Registration is not required to attend the teachings, however a permit (PAP) to enter Chauntra, a restricted area, is required by all foreign nationals.
More details about the process of applying for a Protected Area Permit are available in this document here.
* This beautiful original painting of Jamgon Kongtrul is courtesy of Cynthia Moku, artist.