Kalacakra and Orgyen Nyendrup Text Collections
From gDams Ngag mDzod
- "Volume 15 includes teachings from the last two of the eight lineages of accomplishment: that of Vajra Yoga (also known as the Six Branches of Union, or Jordruk) and Dorje Sumgyi Nyendrup (Stages of Approach and Accomplishment of the Three Vajras).
- The former is a system of advanced tantric practices based on the teachings of the Kālacakra tantra, particularly as transmitted through the Jonang tradition of Tibet. Though ostensibly a tantra of the Sarma tradition, the Kālacakra was also highly esteemed in the Nyingma school. The great Nyingma master Jamgön Ju Mipam Gyatso (1846–1912) wrote a two-volume commentary on the Kālacakra cycle and considered the teachings of this tradition to reflect those found in the Dzogchen approach of the Nyingma.
- The final lineage is the least known among the eight, one transmitted by the master Orgyenpa Rinchen Pal (1230–1309), who was also a student of the second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204–1283), and a teacher of the third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339). Orgyenpa received this lineage, which incorporates practices also found in the Vajra Yoga approach, in a visionary transmission from Vajravārāhī and other ḍākinīs. Although the lineage continued unbroken until Kongtrul’s time, it was another tradition that he considered “exceedingly rare and in danger of dying out.”
- Kongtrul described the contents of volume 15 in this way:
- The section dealing with the seventh system, that of the profound path of Vajra Yoga, includes the primary source—the quintessential Kalachakra Tantra—as well as instructions from the intimate oral lineage of Kalachakrapada and some small source texts by Shavaripa. There is the sadhana and offering ritual for the nine deity mandala, the extraordinary sublime empowerment and its instruction manuals and auxiliary texts, all authored by Jonang Jetsün Rinpoché. The section includes The Profound Path: The Sphere of Nectar; the middle-length treatment of the Six Branches of Union from the tradition of Anupamarakshita; and the concise version entitled Touching the Tip of the Tongue to the Palate. There is a ritual to honor the gurus of the tradition of the Six Branches of Union, as well as the authorizations for the form of Kalachakra with consort and the protective deity Vajravega.
- The section dealing with the eighth system, that of The Stages of Approach and Accomplishment for the Three Vajras, includes the primary source (which was bestowed on the mahasiddha Orgyenpa by Vajravarahi and the dakinis of the four families). There is also the explanatory commentary to this, as well as the instruction manuals and the methods for meditating to bring the stages of approach and accomplishment to consummation in a single sitting.
- Source: Richard Barron, The Catalog of the Treasury of Precious Instructions, pp. xxi-xxii.
Kalacakra and Orgyen Nyendrup Volume One
Volume 15 Contents
- རྡོ་རྗེའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་ཡན་ལག་དྲུག་པའི་རྒྱུད་དང་མན་ངག་གི་སྙིང་པོའི་གཞུང་ 1-14
- rdo rje'i rnal 'byor yan lag drug pa'i rgyud dang man ngag gi snying po'i gzhung
- Quintessential Tantra of Kālacakra
- Oral Transmission of Kālacakrapāda, pith instructions on the Six Branches of Union by Kālacakrapāda (Dus 'khor zhabs)
- The Short Treatise of Śavari
- Commentary to The Short Treatise of Śavari by Kun spangs pa
- The Sādhana for the Nine-Deity Mandala of Kālacakra
- The Ritual for Honoring the Foregoing
- The Preliminaries to the Descent of the Vajra State of Timeless Awareness, Together with the Means for Conferring the Three Extraordinary “Sublime Empowerments”
- Meaningful on Sight, A Manual of Instruction for the Six Branches of Union
- A Manual of the Signs of Successful Practice and a Manual of the Authentic Measure of Practice
- Ways to Dispel Hindrances
- Drops of Nectar on the Profound Path by Rikzin Tsewang Norbu
- Unfolding Excellence of the Lineage Holders by Rikzin Tsewang Norbu
- དཔལ་མཆོག་དང་པོའི་སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་མན་ངག་ཟབ་ལམ་རྡོ་རྗེའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་བྱིན་རླབས་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་བླ་མར་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས་པ་བརྒྱུད་འཛིན་མཆོག་རྒྱས་ 327-329
- dpal mchog dang po'i sangs rgyas kyi man ngag zab lam rdo rje'i rnal 'byor byin rlabs bka' brgyud bla mar gsol ba 'debs pa brgyud 'dzin mchog rgyas, by tshe dbang nor bu rdo rje dpal 'bar
- A Liturgy for the Preliminary Practices by the Lord Pema Nyinje Wangpo
- Vajra Rain: a Supplication to the Lineage
- A Manual of Instruction for Practicing in a Single Session
- Commentary on the Manual of Instruction
- Ascertaining the Essence of Yoga: A Text from the Tradition of the Mahāsiddhā Anupamarakṣita, Known as the Intermediate Version of the Six Branches of Union
- Analyzing the Vajra Lines by Pema Karpo
- The Source Text of Advice on “Placing the Tip of the Tongue Against the Palate,” the Concise Version of the Techniques
- Short Path of the Vajra Holder by Pema Karpo
- A Commentary on the Physical Exercises
- The Authorization Ritual for the Connate Form of Kālacakra and the Meditation Practice and Mantra Repetition
- The Guru Yoga for the Kalkī Rulers
- ཆོས་རྒྱལ་རིགས་ལྡན་གཙོ་བོར་གྱུར་པ་རྡོ་རྗེའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་བརྒྱུད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཆོད་པའི་ཆོ་ག་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཉི་མའི་སྣང་བ་ཆེན་པོ་ 447-479
- chos rgyal rigs ldan gtso bor gyur pa rdo rje'i rnal 'byor brgyud pa'i bla ma mchod pa'i cho ga rdo rje nyi ma'i snang ba chen po, by karma ngag dbang yon tan rgya mtsho ('jam mgon kong sprul)
- The Torma Empowerment for Vajravega, Together With the Manual
- The Treatise on the Path of Skillful Means Conferred by the Ḍākinīs of the Four Families
- གྲུབ་ཆེན་ཨོ་རྒྱན་པའི་གདམས་ངག་རྡོ་རྗེ་གསུམ་གྱི་བསྙེན་སྒྲུབ་ཀྱི་གཞུང་ 499-509 by ཨོ་རྒྱན་པ་ (རིན་ཆེན་དཔལ་)
- grub chen o rgyan pa'i gdams ngag rdo rje gsum gyi bsnyen sgrub kyi gzhung by o rgyan pa (rin chen dpal)
- Wish-Fulfilling Gem: The Explanatory Commentary Concerning the Stages of Approach and Accomplishment
- The Liturgies for the Preliminary Rituals
- the Heart Drop teachings for meditating on the stages of approach and accomplishment as a complete session of practice by Drukpa Pema Karpo
- The Manual of Instructions on the Stages of Approach and Accomplishment by Dawa Senge
- The Vajra Song of Aspiration
Volume 15 Karchag
- Elsewhere Kongtrul cites the first two lines of this passage as being from a source he identifies as the Discourse Requested by the Child of the Gods (Lha’i bus zhus pa’i mdo). Jamgon Kongtrul, The Treasury of Knowledge, Books 2, 3, and 4: Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet, trans. Ngawang Zangpo (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2010), p. 122.
- All English titles reported here are from Richard Barron's 2013 translation of Kongtrul's catalog of the gdams ngag mdzod
- Mistakenly thought to be by yu mo mi bskyod rdo rje, but in fact written by one Kun spangs pa who went by many names, including: thugs rje brtson 'grus, Kun spangs chen po, Kun tu bzang po, and Dpal Mi bskyod rdo je.