Flight of the Garuda: A Complete Explanation of Thorough Cut by Zhabkar
Author: Tony Duff
Flight of the Garuda is a series of twenty-three songs sung by the Dzogchen master Tshogdrug Rangdrol [1781-1850 C.E.] for the sake of his students. The songs explain the practice called Thorough Cut (Thregcho), which is one of the two innermost practices of Dzogchen or Great Completion. Tshogdrug Rangdrol, who is more commonly known as Zhabkar, later compiled the songs into a text. Over time, this text became one of the most popular texts used to explain Thorough Cut because of its complete and very clear treatment of the practice. The translation here is a fresh translation of Flight of the Garuda which improves considerably on two earlier translations. The translation was made in Tibet by the author, Lama Tony Duff, while receiving an extended teaching on the entire text by the great treasure revealer Ontrul Tenpai\'s Wangchuk. The translation benefits from the exceptional knowledge and high realization of this master and the general atmosphere of pure blessings of the Nyingthig Dzogchen (Quintessential Great Completion) tradition in his monastery. A lengthy introduction has been provided to help the reader understand the background to the text. Extensive footnotes and a long glossary have been provided so that the reader can clearly understand all the details involved. Ontrul Tenpa’i Wangchuk\'s principal lineage of Dzogchen teachings is that of Dzogchen Monastery, Tibet. Dza Patrul is an early figure of the same lineage who wrote a very famous commentary on Thorough Cut called Feature of the Expert Glorious King; Ontrul Tenpa\'i Wangchuk has written a commentary to it which is available from PKTC under the title Relics of Dharmakaya.