Tibetan Graduate Studies Seminar
Renée Ford's introduction to the devotional literature in the collected works of the 3rd Dodrupchen composed in admiration of his late teacher Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Devotion is a primary category in Tibetan Nyingma Buddhism The Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa’i Nyima (1865-1926) writes in his The Excellent Way How Guru Yoga Bestows Highest Wisdom how unwavering devotion is a student’s portal to realization. For this reason, s ā dhan ā practices like guru yoga emphasize the necessity of devotion and faith. These two important epistemological categories also play a role in the Great Completeness. We also find a plethora of devotional literature in Tibetan such as the Third Dodrupchen’s collective works.
This talk introduces the Third Dodrupchen’s devotional literature on his primary teacher, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) and explore how these texts mirror guru yoga practices.