Original PublicationsJul 8th, 2004
Khyentse Foundation publishes original commentaries by Khyentse Rinpoche which are made available via digital downloads and, when funding is available, in printed format. While there is no charge for these publications, Rinpoche explained that there is great merit to be gained by requesting the teachings. You can click on the images below, or simply fill out a request form and you will receive instructions for downloading. If you have any trouble with the system, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some transmission requirements may apply, depending on the nature of the text.
Commentary on Arya Maitreya’s Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra
Arya Maitreya’s Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra is one of the most important teachings on Buddha-nature and enlightenment. It is revered by Buddhist masters as a very special text, one of the five great teachings given by Lord Maitreya to Asanga, and part of the third turning of the wheel of the Dharma. Within the traditional Buddhist shedras for monastic education, it is often taught as the final text in the curriculum, and many masters say it can be considered a bridge between the sutras and tantra. It provides an important philosophical foundation for understanding the workings of the Buddhist path, particularly for Vajrayana practitioners. We are particularly fortunate to have these teachings by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, rich with his usual clarity, warmth, humour and wisdom because, despite its beauty and profundity, this text is rarely taught in the West, and there are few translations. Khyentse Foundation thanks Alex Trisoglio for transcribing and compiling this commentary.
Rinpoche’s Commentary on Chandrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara
In a series of annual events between 1996-2000, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave extensive commentary and teachings on Chardrakirti’s Madhyamakavatara at Chanteloube, Dordogne, France. He received these teachings from many great masters including Khenpo Appey Rinpoche in Nepal. The fully revised and annotated text of these teachings was completed thanks to the painstaking work of Alex Trisoglio. In accordance with Rinpoche’s wishes, Khyentse Foundation is proud to have sponsored the publication of this text. Beautifully bound editions of the Madhyamikavatara Commentary have been handed out free to students during Rinpoche’s new cycle of teachings in San Francisco and Sydney. The commentary is still a work in progress and future editions are expected.
What to Do in the Holy Places of India
Rinpoche wrote the book in response to the questions students frequently ask about going on pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. What To Do at India’s Buddhist Holy Sites is not a guidebook for ordinary tourists, but for Buddhists who wish to purify their defilements and accumulate merit by going on pilgrimage. Focussing primarily on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the great Indian masters of the past, Rinpoche offers pilgrims advice on every aspect of pilgrimage: where to go, what to do, the meaning of pilgrimage and generating the right motivation before leaving home. He explains what Buddhists mean when they describe a person, place or object as being ‘holy’. Included are suggestions for which prayers and practices one can do at the four main Buddhist holy sites in India and Nepal.
“The aim of all Buddhist practice is to catch a glimpse of the awakened state. Going on pilgrimage, soaking up the sacred atmosphere of holy places and mingling with other pilgrims are simply different ways of trying to achieve that glimpse.”
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche