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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!

1. Atiyoga: The Eighteen Tantras (2018)

 Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your AttentionIn the Eighth Century of our era, the Tibetan translator Vairochana went to India and returned to Tibet with the Tantras of the Great Perfection. All are in agreement that the Five Early Translations and Thirteen Later Translations are among the earliest scriptures to be translated into Tibetan, but there is some lack of agreement about the titles and contents of these collections. In the centuries following these translations the dynasty that ruled Tibet crumbled, and after a long period of darkness the love of learning was rekindled by newly arriving teachings from India. By the Twelfth Century, more than three hundred…
Author(s): Christopher Wilkinson

2. 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. Then, we can finally begin to free ourselves from their negative influence and find some real happiness….
Author(s): Dzogchen Pema Kalsang Rinpoche, Christian A Stewart

3. 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. He discusses both the philosophic foundations and the practices of this system—taking into account the approaches of various schools and teachers. Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, His Holiness sets it within the wider spectrum of…
Author(s): Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche

4. 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. Rinpoche takes us from detailed descriptions of the preliminary practices of ngondro, through the actual meditation practices of ngozhi, to the fruit of the practices, the achievement of final…
Author(s): Nyima Dakpa, Genyen Nyima Rangshar

5. 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. Guided by an introductory teaching by Rinpoche, as well as 42 selected teachings from great Dzogchen masters, readers learn to access the pure, clear awareness that lies hidden under the constant flow of anxious thoughts. #414,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3985 in Meditation (Books) #491…
Author(s): Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Erik Pema Kunsang, et al.

6. 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. Therefore, we need to practise it earnestly and continuously.One of the most eminent lamas in Tibet, Dzogchen Pema Kalsang Rinpoche is widely recognised as a brilliant scholar and highly realised master of the Great Perfection. In this faithful translation of his commentary on Mipham Rinpoche’s Lamp to Dispel Darkness, Dzogchen trekcho meditation is explained in clear…
Author(s): Dzogchen Pema Kalsang Rinpoche, Christian A Stewart

7. 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. #201,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #98 in Karma Buddhism Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Adriano Clemente, et al.

8. 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. This book is unique because although the lojong teachings of the Kadam tradition are well known, this is the first time the mind-training teachings from the Dzogchen tradition have been presented in an English translation, and most Western scholars and practitioners are unaware that such mind-training techniques even exist in Dzogchen. The contemplations themselves are vividly described,…
Author(s): Jigme Lingpa, Cortland Dahl

9. 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.  One came through a master named Longchen Rabjam, so it was called the Longchen…
Author(s): Tony Duff

10. 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. The meditator passes beyond mind and encounters the inconceivable vastness of the natural mind and ultimate truth. All delusions, ignorance and emotions are liberated. Freeing the practitioner from daily problems is of benefit;…
Author(s): Geshe Dangsong Namgyal

11. 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. With an informative introduction by the translator, Flight of the Garuda is an invaluable resource for both practice and scholarship.Flight of the Garuda conveys the heart advice of one of the most beloved nonsectarian masters of Tibet. Ordained as a Gelug monk, the…
Author(s): Keith Dowman

12. 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. How to put these essential teachings into practice is the subject of the lively commentary by the two Khenpo brothers, the late Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.The Dzogchen meditation instructions of the Aro lineage are divided into nine sets, or nine levels, with…
Author(s): Khenchen Sherab, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, et al.

Best Dzogchen Books Worth Your Attention

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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

Dzogchen Meditation

Author(s): Karma Tashi Wangchuk
ID: 2174449, Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 580 Kb, Format: pdf

Dzogchen Meditation (full version)

Author(s): Karma Tashi Wangchuk
ID: 2182244, Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 602 Kb, Format: pdf

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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