Alchemy of Accomplishment, Instructions of Mountain Dharma, Heart Guidance on the Practice Expressed in an Easy-to-Understand Way

Text by Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, book by Tony Duff

TitleAlchemy of Accomplishment
Sub-titleInstructions of Mountain Dharma, Heart Guidance on the Practice Expressed in an Easy-to-Understand Way by Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje
AuthorTranslation and extensive introduction by Tony Duff
Details110 pages, 1 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5", US$25, available on paper and in PDF e-book format
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-903-13-4, e-book 978-9937-572-15-6
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje was one of the great masters of the Nyingma tradition who lived during the 1900's.  At one time, he was asked to give the basic instructions for Great Completion (Dzogpa Chenpo) practice to the members of a three year three month retreat that had just started.  His discourse was recorded in writing and included in his Collected Works.  The text of his discourse has become another of the several texts that have become very important for and are used frequently to present the teaching on Thorough Cut (Tregcho) of innermost Dzogchen.  It has become popular not only in the Dudjom lineage but in Nyingma traditions in general because of its exceptionally clear and easy-to-understand explanation that comes right from the heart and goes straight to the heart.

The text contains full details of Thorough Cut practice explained in a way that is very easy to understand but which does not avoid any of the unique and beautiful technical language of the system.  Here is a small quote from the book.  It is what he says to the retreatants just after he has given the introduction (sometimes called pointing out instruction) to them:
"With that, we have made the mind of Samantabhadra blaze forth for us in direct perception and what could be more enjoyable?  This itself is the heart of the six million, four hundred thousand tantras of Great Completion, which are the ultimate of all of the eighty-four thousand dharma heaps distinguished by the Conqueror.  There is no more celestial destination than this…"
The book starts with an introduction that gives the context for the text.  It continues with the translation which is fully footnoted and contains extensive explanations of the unique language of this teaching.  An extensive glossary is included so that even the technical language can be fully understood.  This text together with Patrul's Feature of the Expert, Glorious King, Dodrubchen's About the Three Lines, and Zhechen Gyaltshab's Essential Points of Practice are recommended as "must-read" texts for anyone doing any Great Completion practice and Thorough Cut practice in particular.

We found that the original edition of the text as found in Dudjom's Collected Works has many errors in it.  Therefore, we made a new, correct edition that was checked by Gan Rinchen, the former head of Dudjom Rinpoche's centres in the United States.  The new edition is included in the book for all concerned and is available as a free electronic edition from our site (see below).

Download Tibetan text in TibetD format: • available here.