The Sword of Wisdom

The Sword of Wisdom for Thoroughly Ascertaining Reality is one of the most important works by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche.

If we deeply study and reflect on this short treatise, we will open our wisdom eyes and see the sublime path that buddhas and bodhisattvas have travelled. This path is the vehicle of bliss and the entrance into bliss. Because both of its foundation and result are blissful, it is a path of bliss, a path that no one should ever abandon.

As Mipham Rinpoche said, “This is the way of the sutra and tantra vehicles, so difficult to find. Whoever has obtained them should never let them pass in vain, fruitlessly”.


The Sword of Wisdom discusses the profound and vast teachings, especially the four principles and the two types of valid knowledge, by means of which we will generate in our mind a sincere faith in the Buddhadharma.

Chapter 1 - The Opening

Text of Chapter 1

Chapter 2 - The Two Truths and the Two Types of Valid Knowledge

Text of Chapter 2

Chapter 3 - Knowing through Direct Means - Direct Perception

Text of Chapter 3

Chapter 4 - Knowing through Reasoning - Inference

Text of Chapter 4

Chapter 5 - The Four Reliances

Text of Chapter 5

Chapter 6 - Attainment

Text of Chapter 6

Chapter 7 - The Ending

Text of Chapter 7

Mipham Rinpoche provides one specific essential instruction—the very flavor of the nectar-like Dharma realized by the Buddha and the eminent masters of the past can only be obtained by relying upon the four principles and the four reliances.

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