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Torch of Certainty

By Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

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“You are chained, entangled in the barbed wire of hope and fear. So give it up!”

Chapters: 15. Inscrutability

Themes: Golden Chains

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“a king overpowered by self-interest is not worthy of being the protector of the kingdom”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

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“Adverse conditions are spiritual friends… Illness is the broom for evil and obscurations. Suffering is the dance of what is.”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Suffering Evil

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“All living beings, the contents of this world, are impermanent.”


Themes: Impermanence

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“All suffering comes from desiring happiness for oneself.”

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones
37. Nameless Simplicity

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“Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“Others will enjoy the wealth we as misers kept. Even our body we hold so dear will be left behind.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“The quest for enlightenment only makes sense because buddha-nature is already present.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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“The refuge of radiant awareness is closer, more profound, easier, and more wondrous than we can imagine.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“Though having all we need, we constantly seek more.”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

Themes: Consumerism

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“Why chase after thoughts which are only superficial ripples of present awareness?”

Chapters: 1. The Unnamed

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“You could construe abandoning all hope of results as being to your welfare. For example fame, renown, comfort, and happiness in this life, later happiness among gods or men, even the desire to achieve the transcendence of misery itself.”

Chapters: 77. Stringing a Bow

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Tibetan Vajrayana

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