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Profound Inner Meaning

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Profound Inner Meaning or 'Zabmo Nangdon' (Tibetan: ཟབ་མོ་ནང་དོན, Wylie: zab mo nang don) is a major work of 'Rangjung Dorje' (Tibetan: རང་འབྱུང་རྡོ་རྗེ, Wylie: rang 'byung rdo rje) (1284–1339), the third Karmapa, born to a Nyingma family he received the full transmission of the Nyingma tradition, in addition to the Karma Kagyu.

Nomenclature, orthography and etymology

'Rangjung Dorje' (Tibetan: རང་འབྱུང་རྡོ་རྗེ, Wylie: rang 'byung rdo rje)

Exegesis

Rangjung Dorje was a noted scholar who composed many significant texts, the most famous of which is the Profound Inner Meaning (Wylie: zab mo nang don), which concern the Vajrayana inner yoga practices.

Schaeffer (1995: p. 16) advises that the text is 'verse' (Sanskrit: karika) in eleven chapters regarding the Anuttarayogatantras:

"Rang byung's most famous, and perhaps most difficult work is yet another verse text, his Zab mo nang don, on the Anuttarayogatantras.

This eleven-chapter work is thirty-two folios in length.

According to a colophon provided by Kong sprul, it was written in the Water Male Dog year, 1322, at Bde chen steng.

The colophons to the present redactions say only that it was written in the Dog Year."


Structure

Summary

The first chapter covers the 'causes' (Sanskrit: hetu) and 'conditions' (Sanskrit: pratyaya) for Samsara and Nirvana.

The second chapter discusses the esoteric understanding of the development of the body in the womb which has direct relevance to the Generation stage.

The text then discusses Nadis, the five 'winds' Prana/Vayu (Sanskrit) and 'breathwork' (Sanskrit: pranayama) and the 'Four States' which are stages of the Generation Phase.

Correspondence between 'inner' and 'outer' which broaches nonduality and the Two truths.

'Imputed deities' which discusses the yoga of the 'illusory body', yidam and tulpa.

'Bases' discusses the Eighteen Dhatu and Upaya.

Ten, discusses Bhumi and Lamrim.

Chapter eleven closes with Completion stage.

Chapters

The Tsadra Foundation (2008) lists the following chapters in the Profound Inner Meaning, also rendered into English:


{{Nolinking|* Introduction

  • One: The Causes and Conditions for Saṃsāra and Nirvāṇa
  • Two: Development of Body in Womb
  • Seven: Correspondence between Inner and Outer
  • Eight: Imputed Deities
  • Nine: Bases and Means of Purification
  • Ten: Stages of the Path
  • Eleven: Dissolution


Commentary

Jamgon Kongtrul did a commentary on the text which has been given the English gloss 'Illuminating the Profound Meaning: a Commentary to The Profound Inner Meaning (Zabdon Nangjey)'.


Editions

Source

Wikipedia:Profound Inner Meaning