Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems
Author: Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and translated by Richard Barron
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoches work is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the teachings known as Dzogchen. The late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche was one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable modern exponents of Dzogchen and this epic work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners, as well as historians. With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ultimate lineage of direct transmission, the heart of all the lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial Buddha to the present day, showing the connection between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession. His work stands out because of its completeness, for it includes all of the distinct lineages, along with the lives of the students of the great masters, stories form the oral tradition, and the different teaching styles. Anyone who matters is represented here, every link in the chain, including masters of our time…It is a milestone, and I do not feel that it will ever be equaled. Sogyal Rinpoche.