Padma Publishing, established in 1986 to make the written works of the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism available to Western students, is Chagdud Gonpa Foundation's publishing arm. Padma Publishing translates and publishes numerous traditional Nyingma sadhana texts, ritual liturgies, and prayers as well as the contemporary teachings of Chagdud Rinpoche and other Vajrayana lamas.
Padma Publishing is engaged in the long-term project of translating into English the revered Dzogchen commentaries known as the Seven Treasuries, authored by the fourteenth-century Nyingma master Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa). These masterpieces, admired by scholars for centuries, synthesizes more than 600 years of development in the spiritual tradition first brought to Tibet by Padmasambhava in the eighth century. Padma Publishing editions include the English translation as well as structural outlines, critical notes, lists of key terms, and glossaries.
Producing an English edition of the Seven Treasuries is a daunting task, both scholastically and linguistically. Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, late head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, felt that such a project would be a extremely important undertaking, but pointed out that these comprehensive and profoundly intricate texts presented enormous challenges to quality translation. Every line, and often each word, of Longchenpa's text presents challenges. The Padma Translation Committee, headed by Richard Barron (Lama Chökyi Nyima), established a multi-leveled editorial process, similar to the traditional manner of translation projects in Tibet's great monastic institutions. In addition to having received input and direction from Chagdud Rinpoche, the translators have benefited from several visiting scholars, who have lent their expertise in elucidating and clarifying difficult points in the texts.
Compiled, edited and revised by Lama Shenpen Drolma, this edition includes profoundly elaborated and expanded meditation instructions which help us to blend Chagdud Rinpoche's teachings with our mind and heart, until their essence arises spontaneously as lived experience. A new Foreword clearly articulates the intent of these proven methods for discovering the treasury of our inherent positive qualities, which in turn enhance our capacity to help others to do the same.
In Change of Heart, Chagdud Rinpoche hands us an extraordinary gift ~ a wise and gentle guide to the compassionate path of the bodhisattvas. Confronting directly the dilemmas and uncertainty facing people today, Rinpoche explains methods to discover inner peace, deal with violence and aggression and awaken one's innate generous spirit.
With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the "ultimate lineage of direct transmission," the heart of all lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial buddha to the present day, showing the connections between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession.
Dawa Drolma, one of the great Vajrayana Buddhist lamas of the century and mother of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, lived in Kham in Eastern Tibet. At the age of 16 she fell ill and died, but returned to her body after five days and lived into her 30's. For the benefit of others she recorded every detail of her experiences in the bardo and pure realms.
Incarcerated in San Quentin at the age of 19 for armed robbery, Jarvis Masters was accused four years later of participating in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of a prison guard. Now living on death row, Masters' commitment to nonviolence leads him deeper into the role of peacemaker as he puts compassion into action, meditating amid chaos and squalor, touching the hearts and minds of those around him.