Commentary on Longchenpa’s Treatise of Thirty Pieces of Heartfelt Advice

Commentary by Khenpo Sodargye

The title: The title of this treatise refers to the thirty pieces of advice given by the Omniscient Longchenpa, King of Dharma, to the practitioners of his time and to those of the future. “Heartfelt advice” implies that these are words from the heart, which in this case, are specifically intended to warn practitioners of common pitfalls for those who have been accepted as disciples by a spiritual teacher. A “treatise” is a text written by an accomplished master to expound the profound teachings of sutras and tantras, in order to help effect change inRead more...

The Key to Opening the Wish-fulfilling Treasure Chest

The Key to Opening the Wish-fulfilling Treasure Chest

A brief commentary on the Golden Key Pith Instruction


Root Text by Patrul Rinpoche
Translated into Chinese by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche


“There is but one path followed by all buddhas -
Bodhichitta, the wish-fulfilling treasure.
In order to obtain such fortunate karma, with extreme ease,
One needs to be equipped with the three major pith instructions of lineage transmission”.

  1. Introduction
  2. Praise the merits of bodhichitta
  3. Upholding bodhichitta cannot be separated from the three major pith instructions of lineage transmission
  4. Bodhichitta is based on, and dependent on, one having taken Mahayana refuge
  5. What
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1. Introduction

This teaching is extracted from a collection of Patrul Rinpoche’s doha, in which Rinpoche praises bodhichitta with highly incisive words, emphasizes the merits of Mahayana bodhichitta and taking refuge, narrates the extraordinary nature of Omniscient Longchenpa’s teaching and ardently advises all his lineage disciples to practice in accordance with the Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind on the Great Perfection – the Great Vehicle Commentary. It is stated in the biography of His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok: “My root guru had made a prophecy that I, (His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok), would widely propagate the teachings of Mipham

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2. Praise the merits of bodhichitta


    It is the precious merit from Muni’s Dharma teachings
    It is the source of the nectar drop of the Buddha’s wonderful teachings;
    it is the guide to their faultless path
    for hundreds and thousands of extraordinarily wise beings.

These verses narrate the merits of bodhichitta. “Muni” means Buddha. The merit of the truth in the Buddha’s amazing Dharma is like a wish-fulfilling jewel that manifests itself through Buddha’s auspicious vajra words. The source of the nectar drop in Buddha’s wonderful words comes from bodhichitta. “It” refers to bodhichitta. It is this bodhichitta, which is the faultless and unsurpassable sublime path

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3. Upholding bodhichitta cannot be separated from the three major pith instructions of lineage transmission


    Bodhichitta, the wish-fulfilling gem,
    is the only path that all buddhas must walk on.
    Those who are seeking liberation and have good connections can obtain it easily
    as long as they follow the three pith instructions of lineage transmission.

The only path that all buddhas of the ten directions must walk on is bodhichitta, the real wish-fulfilling gem. Those with positive connections, and who are seeking liberation, must follow the three major lineage transmissions, if they would like to obtain this wish-fulfilling gem easily. These three major lineage transmissions are: the “Profound View School” transmitted from Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, the “Profound

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4. Bodhichitta is based on, and dependent on, one having taken refuge in the Mahayana


    If one has not seriously taken refuge, and gained a firm conviction,
    in front of the Three Jewels, those peerless protectors of gods and men,
    and the sources of unparalleled merits,
    then one is not a Buddhist at all.

Shakyamuni Buddha, peerless teacher of gods and men, the Sangha members who followed him, and the wonderful Dharma that he taught – these are the protectors of all sentient beings in the world, and the source of unparalleled merits. A person cannot at all be considered to be a real Buddhist if he has not yet earnestly and sincerely, taken refuge

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5. What is bodhichitta? What are the merits of generating bodhichitta?


    To free oneself from the constraining web of self interest.
    To wish others the attainment of perfect Buddhahood.
    To dedicate merits to all beings with the Great Actions and Aspirations of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra.
    To practice the six transcendent perfections which are genuine bodhichitta.

We have just discussed the merits of bodhichitta in the previous four chapters. Now what about the nature, classification, and pith instructions of the lineage transmission of bodhichitta?

The very first condition for generating bodhichitta is to eliminate self-interest and the self-benefiting mind. A Mahayana practitioner must abandon the desire for personal benefit because such self-protecting, self-strengthening,

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6. The three major pith instructions of lineage transmission in bodhichitta


    The method of actual practice is to skillfully arouse bodhichitta,
    the nectar river with the three pith instructions transmission.
    Put these pith instructions into practice with bodhichitta,
    and all views, practices and conducts will be purified.

There are two kinds of bodhisattvas: those with dull faculties and those with sharp faculties. Dull-faculty bodhisattvas arouse their bodhichitta first, and the realization of emptiness subsequently follows. Sharp-faculty bodhisattvas observe and investigate all phenomena, and reach the realization that all phenomena are empty in nature. They then notice that other sentient beings have not all attained this realization. So, within themselves, sharp-faculty bodhisattvas

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7. The three major pith instructions of lineage transmission are integrated into Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind on the Great Perfection – the Great Vehicle Commentary


The nectar rivers of the three lineage transmissions
converge at the sea of great words with no afflictions.
This sea has not been tainted with the poisons of muddy conceptual thoughts.
This great vehicle commentary is an omniscient treatise.

There are four major rivers in India. Although the route of each of these mighty rivers may traverse great distances, in the end they all converge at Lake Anopatapta. If we use these three rivers as a poetic analogy, then the teachings of the three major lineage transmissions are like three rivers of nectar that finally converge at the lake of

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8. Practicing with resolute concentration according to the Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind is like holding the fruit of Buddhahood in your hands


    Real practice does not require,
    clanking tambourines and counting prayer beads,
    Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease and the Treasury of Precious Qualities,
    practice these teachings in daily life, accordingly.

Vajra bell clanking and the quiet clicking of prayer beads being counted one by one at a high rate of speed…some people might think this is what actual practice looks like. But the truth is that if we can use the teachings in Omniscient Venerable Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease and Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities as an effective cure for afflictions, and practice accordingly in daily

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