During the nineteenth century the Great Jamyang
Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) was
famous in Tibet as a Non-Sectarian (Tib: Ri.med) Master. Along with Jamgon Kongtrul
and Patrul Rinpoche he pioneered the spirit of tolerance and eclecticism which became
known as the Remay Movement. This movement led to a complete revitalisation of the
rich spiritual culture of Tibet.
When he died it was believed that he
dissolved into the heart of the Indian saint
Vimalamitra, who resides on Manjushri's Mount Wutai in China. Then, as he had
predicted, he manifested five incarnations (Body, Speech, Mind, Quality, and Activity).
Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1896-1959) from Dzongsar, an authority on all
Traditions and holder of all the major lineages, was the activity incarnation and
became known as one of the most outstanding Tibetan Masters of this century.
In his book, "Opening the Dharma", Chokyi
Lodro gives explanations of the four
major sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyud and Nyingma), outlining
their lineages and histories, their individual special characteristics and the main
practices common to all four Traditions. Included is a brief explanation of how to find
happiness by cultivating virtues of body, speech and mind, how to accumulate the
Merit and Wisdom required for Enlightenment.
Recently Lama Sherab Gyaltsen insisted I
translate this text into English, as
these days many people all over the world are interested to know about the Buddha's
Dharma. I hope this book will benefit all sentient beings, especially in this present
age of degeneration, when there are many disputes and disagreements among
the followers of the different Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
I would like to thank Ms. Diane Bowen for
editing and helping with the translation,
Ms. Yong Siew Chin for typing and other assistance, and Mrs. Leong of Ipoh for her
May all sentient beings find bliss and perfect happiness.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.
The Limitless Vehicles of the Buddha
The Essential Path of all Traditions
Heart Advice in a Nutshell
Prayer for Propagation of the teachings of the Khyentse Lineage
Notes to the English Translation
Notes to Heart Advice