Essential Points of Practice, A Manual of Basic Instructions on Thorough Cut

Text by Zhechen Gyaltshab, book by Tony Duff

TitleEssential Points of Practice
Sub-titleA Manual of Basic Instructions on Thorough Cut by Zhechen Gyaltshab
AuthorTranslation and extensive introduction by Tony Duff
Details80 pages, 1 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5", US$20, available on paper and in PDF e-book format
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-903-15-8, e-book 978-9937-572-22-4
TextsTibetan texts in Tibetan script included

Zhechen Gyaltshab was one of the principal masters of Zhechen Monastery in East Tibet, the monastery where Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche made his home before leaving Tibet.  The Zhechen Gyaltsabs have always been regarded as highly learned and accomplished and this comes through in the clarity of the instructions in his text.

The text is a short but very clear presentation of the essential points of practice of Thorough Cut (Tregcho) of innermost Great Completion (Dzogpa Chenpo).  We provide many texts of the Thorough Cut practice and each one adds something to the understanding of that practice.  Zhechen Gyaltsab's text transmits the same meaning as Patrul's Feature of the Expert, Glorious King which is also available from us.  However and just as the title suggests, Zhechen Gyaltshab writes in a very practical way and in doing so, makes a number of points that other authors do not.  His text is well-known in the Tibetan tradition as one of several texts that are particularly useful to anyone who is practising Thorough Cut.

An introduction explains the place of the text and extensive notes to the text form a commentary to the text.  An extensive glossary is provided to help clarify the meaning of the unique terminology of this system.  The book is ideal for anyone who is practising Thorough Cut.  As with our other books on innermost Dzogchen, we strongly advise that you not purchase the book unless you have had the necessary instructions.

Download Tibetan text in TibetD format: • available here.