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Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best Dzogchen books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Dzogchen Path (2019)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionWhy do we need to train our mind? Before we realise samsaric life to be suffering, when a lama teaches the Dharma, we misunderstand it as a catalogue of misery and inevitability. We get the impression that everything we are interested in, all our wishes and desires, are unacceptable, and what is encouraged is singularly difficult and unachievable. However, when we do recognise our afflictive emotions to be suffering, we can do something to reduce them.
Author(s): Dzogchen Pema Kalsang Rinpoche, Christian A Stewart

Dzogchen: Heart Essence of the Great Perfection (2004)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionThis is the most informative and thorough book on Dzogchen available. These teachings are on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Exploring this esoteric subject in print for the first time, His Holiness offers the reader insights into one of Buddhism’s most profound systems of meditation.
Author(s): Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche

The Inner Mirror: A-tri Dzogchen (2019)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionFrom the author of Opening the Door to Bön comes a detailed commentary on the A-tri system of Dzogchen, one of the three main transmissions of Dzogchen in the Yundrung Bön tradition. Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teaches us to discover, and continue within, the non-dual, primordial, natural state of mind. While this commentary draws on many texts, it particularly looks at the Fifteen-Session A-tri Dzogchen.
Author(s): Nyima Dakpa, Genyen Nyima Rangshar

Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom (2006)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionThis hands-on guidebook adapts the Dzogchen path for the modern student while adhering to traditional principles. The book is based on the direct, accessible style of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and offers a thorough grounding in how to study, contemplate, and meditate in this rich spiritual environment.
Author(s): Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Erik Pema Kunsang, et al.

Introduction to the Nature of Mind (2019)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionTo meditate on the nature of mind is the swift, effortless path for all who seek enlightenment. This direct instruction unifies the key points of all Sutra and Tantra; it is the experience of all realised masters and the enlightened intent of all buddhas.
Author(s): Dzogchen Pema Kalsang Rinpoche, Christian A Stewart

Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State (2003)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionOur natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the self-perfected state that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present through all activities.
Author(s): Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Adriano Clemente, et al.

Steps to the Great Perfection: The Mind-Training Tradition of the Dzogchen Masters (2018)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionA compilation of teachings on the seven contemplations, an ancient system of mind-training/lojong teachings that has been preserved as part of a rare set of instructions on Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection.
Author(s): Jigme Lingpa, Cortland Dahl

The View and Practice of Quintessence Dzogchen: Three Rare Texts on Nyingthig Dzogchen from Dza Patrul’s Collected Works (2018)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionThis book presents three texts concerned with what is called in Tibetan the "Dzogchen" or, in English, "Great Completion" system of teaching that explains reality and how beings can return to it from their current, confused state. The texts explain the most profound level of that teaching being called "Nyingthig" or, in English, "Quintessence".In Tibet, there were several lines of transmission of this Quintessence Great Completion level of teaching.
Author(s): Tony Duff

Pure Dzogchen: Zhang Zhung Tradition (2019)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionDzogchen is the state of great perfection. In Bon, there are nine steps to achieving enlightenment. The gradual path contains the beginning eight steps and include many practices and teachings. The Dzogchen teaching is the highest step and directly introduces Dharmakaya or primordial Buddhahood. This is attained by means of one practice: single-pointed meditation on the Natural Mind.
Author(s): Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (1994)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionDzogchen, a tradition of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, is considered by many to be an extremely powerful path to enlightenment. This ground-breaking book offers translations of four sacred texts of the Dzogchen tradition: Secret Instruction in a Garland of Vision, The Flight of the Garuda, Emptying the Depths of Hell, and the Wish-Granting Prayer of Kuntu Zangpo.
Author(s): Keith Dowman

The Nature of Mind: The Dzogchen Instructions of Aro Yeshe Jungne (2016)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionPatrul Rinpoche, the beloved nineteenth-century master best known for Words of My Perfect Teacher, collected the teachings of the tenth-century adept Aro Yeshe Jungne and synthesized them into the short text translated here as Clear Elucidation of True Nature.
Author(s): Khenchen Sherab, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, et al.

Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some dzogchen books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Effortless Spontaneity: The Dzogchen Commentaries by Nubchen Sangye Yeshe

Author(s): Dylan Esler
ID: 3705902, Publisher: Brill, Year: 2023, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Milarepa's Kungfu: Mahamudra in His Songs of Realization

Author(s): Karl Brunnhölzl; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
ID: 3112894, Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2021, Size: 11 Mb, Format: epub

Dzogchen: Heart Essence of the Great Perfection (Core Teachings of Dalai Lama)

Author(s): Dalai Lama
ID: 2503305, Publisher: Shambhala, Year: 2020, Size: 613 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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