The Tantra Without Syllables (vol 3) and The Blazing Lamp Tantra (vol 4)

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“The Seventeen Tantras of the Quintessential Secret Heart Essence cycle of the Great Perfection have the potential to reveal directly the genuine realization of clear light. They are the source of all Heart Essence teachings. . . . The blessings of this lineage are forever present and fresh in the sacred words of these sources. In fact, they are the origin from which all information about this pinnacle cycle of the Great Perfection is derived.”—from the foreword by Lama Chönam and Sangye Khandro


A Translation of the Yigé Mepai Gyü and Its Commentary (Vol.3) and A Translation of the Drönma Barwai Gyü and Its Commentary (Vol. 4)

Malcolm Smith

“If one knows the Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra, the Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra, and the Tantra Without Syllables, one will have command over the general meaning of the tantras, like a king who has command over his subjects.”—Treasury of the Supreme Vehicle

The eleventh-century Seventeen Tantras are among the most important texts in the tradition of the Great Perfection—and in all of Tibetan Buddhism. This set provides two luminous root texts in crystal-clear translation, along with their commentaries, which break down the tantra passage by passage under headings that contextualize many instructions for the practice of the Great Perfection. The two texts are published together because they contain some of the most detailed expositions on which are based the two essential practices of the Great Perfection: trekchö, the view, and thögal, the meditation.

The Tantra Without Syllables focuses on the theoretical basis for trekchö. The actual tantra discussed in this text is not the words of the tantra, but rather the subject matter that the tantra points to: the continuum of one’s own vidyā confirmed in a direct perception, which cannot be explained in words. The Blazing Lamp Tantra focuses on the theoretical basis of thögal, detailing the four lamps, which are crucial for understanding the contemplative visions unique to the Great Perfection.

Malcolm Smith’s simple and lucid introductions bring clarity to an intricate subject, making these volumes vital reading for any student of Dzogchen.


book information
  • Hardcover/Boxed Set
  • 630 pages, 6.25 x 9.5 inches
  • $120
  • ISBN 9781614296591
about the author
The Tantra Without Syllables (vol 3) and The Blazing Lamp Tantra (vol 4)

Malcolm Smith has been a student of the Great Perfection teachings since 1992. His main Dzogchen teachers are Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and the late Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. He is a veteran of a traditional three-year solitary Tibetan Buddhist retreat, a published translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts, and was awarded the Acharya degree by the Sakya Institute in 2004. He graduated in 2009 from Shang Shung Institute’s School of Tibetan Medicine. He has worked on translations for renowned lamas since 1992, including His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, Kunzang Dechen Lingpa,  Khenpo Migmar Tseten, Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche and many others.

Other books by Malcolm Smith:
The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra (vol 1) and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra (vol 2)
Buddhahood in This Life

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