Sogan Rinpoche
Editing the Complete Works of Longchen Rabjam
Ven. Sogan Rinpoche and Yeshe Gyaltsen are working to create a single volume containing the complete teachings of Longchenpa in traditional Tibetan book format (pecha).
Below is a description of this important project
Longchen Rabjam, Drime Oser, 1308-1364, is one of the most important masters of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. His extensive writings fill over 20 large volumes and systemize the entire Nyingmapa presentation of the path to enlightenment. His unique focus was that of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen, and he wrote extensively there upon.
Strangely his writings were never gathered into a single collection.
Whilst a student at the Shechen Monastic College, Shedra, the young Yeshe Gyaltsen, pondered this and resolved to make the collection available as a complete, uniform collection; The collected writings of Longchenpa.
In 2009 an edition of Longchenpas writings was prepared and published in Tibet. This edition whilst not perfect was complete. However it was produced in western book format. Whilst this format isn’t a problem for reading said, when it comes to the rituals for imparting the Dzogchen empowerments of the Nyingtik Ya Shi, the Four-part Heart Essence, western book format is all but redundant; these ritual practices require the traditional Tibetan book presentation.
Yeshe Gyaltsen, now a Khenpo and senior tutor to the incarnation of his master, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, once again resolved to not only make available a faultless edition of the writings, but to have it made in traditional Tibetan book format; pecha. This would, he felt, support the transmission of Longchen Rabjampas writings in it entirety.
To this end the computer input of the volumes was acquired and then came the monumental task of editing the volumes. Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Ven. Sogan Rinpoche, Pema Lodro, are both fully committed to the editing of these volumes, and are presently engaged in this huge undertaking.
It is hoped to have the volumes ready for publication in the coming years: initially as a complete collection, The Collected Writings of Longchenpa, in Tibetan pecha format, in line with the intention and aspiration of Khenpo Rinpoche, and then to release some of them as single volumes, for students and practioners, as well as digital e-books, for free download.
Thereafter it is the wish of both Khenpo Yeshe Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Ven. Sogan Rinpoche, Pema Lodro, to request Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche to pass on the transmission (of empowerment, reading transmission, and teaching) he has from Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, of the works of Longchenpa in their entirety.
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