Contents of Pema Lingpa’s Treasures

Сollection of treasure teachings (gter chos) is an anthology of texts revealed by a particular tertön which may also include works written by the tertön, as well as supplementary material by other masters associated with the tradition.

Considered to be teachings by Padmasambhava,the treasures are placed first in the collection. Pema Lingpa’s ordinary works follow and constitute three volumes:

(1) a collection of Pema Lingpa’s ordinary compositions, Bka’ ‘bum yid bzhin gter mdzod, in vol. 13; (2) Pema Lingpa’s autobiography, ‘Od zer kun mdzes nor bu’i phreng ba, in vol. 14; and (3) an appendix to Lama Jewel Ocean in vol. 20, predominantly by Pema Lingpa. Ritual arrangements, composed by his subsequent incarnations, are placed in a single volume toward the end of the collection, Kha skong min byed dbang gi mtshams sbyor (Vol. 19). The texts in this volume were predominantly written by the Sixth Peling Sungtrul, Kunzang Tenpai Gyaltsen, and the Eighth Peling, Sungtrul Kunzang Dechen Dorje. Also near the end is a volume of liturgical materials, ‘Don cha’i skor bdud ‘jom sogs gsung (Vol. 18) by Dudjom Rinpoche, the editor of the present collection. These serve as ritual elaborations for a number of Pema Lingpa’s treasures. A hagiography of Padmasambhava, O rgyan padma ‘byung gnas kyi ‘khrung rabs sangs rgyas bstan pa’i chos byung (Vol.21) is found at the end of the collection.

Jamgön Kongtrul lists fourteen major treasure cycles in his short hagiography of Pema Lingpa found in his Gter ston brgya rtsa ’i rnam thar as follows: (1) Rdzogs chen klong gsal gyi skor, (2) Rdzogs chen kun bzang dgongs ‘dus, (3) Rdzogs chen gnyis med rgyud bu chung gi skor, (4) Bla ma nor bu rgya mtsho, (5) Thugs rje chen po mun sel sgron me, (6) Bka’ brgyad thugs kyi me long, (7) Phur pa spu gri, (8) Bdud rtsi sman grub kyi skor, [Bka’ phur sman gsum summarizes the previous three], (9) Phyag rdor dregs ‘dul dang gtum chung, (10) Drag po che ‘bring chung gsum, (11) Tshe khrid rdo rje phreng ba, (12) Tshe sgrub nor bu lam khyer, (13) Nag po skor gsum, and (14) Las phran gyi skor. Rig ‘dzin padma gling pa yi zab gter chos mdzod rin po che.

The list of Pema Lingpa’s Collection of Treasures

VOLUMES 1–2: Ka/Kha

Lama Jewel Ocean

Bla ma nor bu rgya mtsho

Revealed from the Lion-Faced Cliff at Mendo in Lhodrak

VOLUME 3: Ga

Drag po che ’bring chung gsum

Wrathful Guru Cycles; Greater, Middling, and Lesser

Bla ma drag po dmar chen me lce phreng ba

The Great Red Wrathful Guru, Necklace of Flames Revealed from the indestructible rock outcropping at Kurje in Bumthang

Bla ma drag po ’gro ba kun dul

Wrathful Guru, Tamer of Beings Revealed from the throne-like base of Lion Cliff in lower Bumthang

Drag po me rlung khyil pa

Wrathful Fire Twister Revealed at the eastern side of Lion Cliff at Tharpaling

 

VOLUME 4: Nga

Rdzogs chen kun bzang dgongs ’dus

Great Completion, The Union of Samantabhadra’s Intentions (Volume One)

Revealed from the stupa at Chimphu near Samye

VOLUME 5: Ca

Klong gsal gsang ba snying bcud

The Quintessence of the Mysteries of Luminous Space (Volume One) Revealed from the Burning Lake by the foot of the Long-Nosed Cliff in Bumthang

VOLUME 6: Cha

Snying tig yang gsang rgyud bu chung ba

The Small Child Tantra of the Most Secret Innermost Essence (or The Small Child Tantra)

Revealed from the Lion Cliff at Rimochen in Bumthang

VOLUME 7: Ja

Thugs rje chen po mun sel sgron me

The Great Compassionate One, The Lamp That Illuminates the Darkness

Revealed from the indestructible enclosure of the Copper Cave of Rimochen 

VOLUME 8: Nya

Tshe khrid rdo rje’i phreng ba

The Diamond Necklace of Longevity Instructions

Revealed from the Lion-Faced Cliff at Mendo in Lhodrak

VOLUME 9: Ta

Phyag rdor dregs pa kun ’dul

Vajrapani Suppressing Fierce Ones

Revealed from a cracked rock in the variegated cliff in Lhodrak

Bdud rtsi sman sgrub

Elixir Medicine Sadhana Revealed from Rimochen in Bumthang

VOLUME 10: Tha

Bka’ brgyad yang sang thugs kyi me long

The Most Secret Eight Transmitted Precepts, Mirror of the Mind

Revealed from Tselung Lhakhang in Bumthang

VOLUME 11: Da

Mgon po ma ning

The Protector Maning

Revealed from the Meteorite Blazing Cliff at Mendo in Lhodrak

Nag po skor gsum

Three Black Cycles

Revealed from the back gate of Tselung Lhakhang in Bumthang

Gshin rje kha thun nag po

Black Yamantaka

Phra men phag sha nag po

Black Sow-Headed Tramen

Mu stegs gu lang nag po

Black Heretic Maheshvara

Las phran skor

Cycle of Minor Activities

Revealed from the back gate of Tselung Lhakhang in Bumthang

VOLUME 12: Na

Tshe khrid nor bu lam khyer

Longevity Instruction, Applying Jewels on the Path

Revealed from the indestructible rock outcropping at Kurje in Bumthang

Rta mgrin dmar po dregs pa zil gnon

Red Hayagriva, Overwhelming Fierce Ones

Revealed from Mendo in Lhodrak

Rta mgrin nag po lcags ral can

Iron-Hair Black Hayagriva

Revealed from the red rock meteorite cliff in Yamdrok

VOLUME 13: Pa

Bka’ bum yid bzhin gter mdzod

Pema Lingpa’s Collected Writings, A Wish-Fulfilling Treasure Trove

VOLUME 14: Pha

Pad gling gi rnam thar

Biographies of Pema Lingpa (and his subsequent incarnations)

VOLUME 15: Ba

Rdzogs chen kun bzang dgongs dus

Great Completion, The Union of Samantabhadra’s Intentions (Volume Two)

VOLUME 16: Ma

Phur ba yang gsang srog gi spu gri

Kila, The Most Secret Vital Blade

Revealed from the Lion-Faced Cliff at Mendo in Lhodrak

VOLUME 17: Tsa

Klong gsal gsang ba snying bcud

The Quintessence of the Mysteries of Luminous Space (Volume Two)

VOLUME 18: Tsha

Don cha’i skor bdud jom sogs gsung

Liturgical cycles by Dudjom Rinpoche et al.

VOLUME 19: Dza

Dbang gyi mtshams skor

Ritual Arrangements for Empowerments

VOLUME 20: Wa

Bla ma nor bu rgya mtsho’i kha skong

Appendix to Lama Jewel Ocean

VOLUME 21: Zha

Orgyan padmabyung gnas kyikhrung rabs sangs rgyas bstan pai chos byung

The Biography of Padmasambhava, A History of the Buddha’s Teachings

 

This collection was reproduced from a set of manuscripts preserved at Gangteng Monastery, sponsored by Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and edited by the great Nyingma master Dudjom Rinpoche. It was published in Thimphu by Kunsang Tobgay in 1975.

This text is taken from “The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa” by Sarah Harding.