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The tantra of the Glorious Secret Essence (the Guhyagarbha Tantra) extracts the essence of the eighteen Mahayoga tantras and is also the general tantra of enlightened mind. The twenty-two chapters of this tantra describe the three tantras of the ground path and result and explain the topics of tantra needed to perfect the practice. This commentary on the Secret Essence by Mipham Rinpoche illuminates all the crucial points of the entire path of Secret Mantra Vajrayana. The teachings contained in Essence of Clear Light are not only useful for dharma practice in general but are especially applicable for the practice of the three innermost yogas of Secret Mantra. For that application there are the eleven topics well known throughout the teaching of tantra that are clearly elucidated in this text. The topics are: the nature as it is, the view immovable, samadhi forsaking the pass, conduct the array, mandala traversing the stages, empowerment not transgressing, samaya pursuing the goal, accomplishment presentation to the places, offerings the manifestation, enlightened activity binding, mudra and recitation, and mantra. These topics are the crucial points of the path through which the common and supreme siddhis are brought to fruition.
As Mipham Rinpoche points out in this commentary, if these topics are not understood, then there is no other method through which the final result on the path can be achieved. In brief, this excellent text brings an undeniable understanding that all dualistic phenomena arising from the ignorance of grasping and fixating are primordially pure as the truth of inseparable purity and evenness, or the great dharmakaya. Aside from realizing this view, there is no other method through which to receive the genuine wisdom transmission of the lineage of the vidyadhara masters. This doctrine of the great secret, the Guhyagarbha Tantra is the heart essence of a million wisdom dakinis and the path that was traversed by the accomplished vidyadharas of India and Tibet.
"Among the dharma treasures of the Snow Land of Tibet, this is the innermost jewel of all. Based on the interdependent timely awakening of excellent aspirations, now this quintessential commentary on the tantra by Mipham Rinpoche has been translated into the English language; so in those Western lands, the great gateway of the vidyadharas' practice has been opened, and this noble accomplishment is a great ornament of the doctrine." —Alak Zenkar Rinpoche
"Essence of Clear Light gives extremely clear explanations on the topics of the generation stage, completion stage, and all the way up through the trekchö instructions of the Great Perfection School. . . . It is the epitome of the profound. Just by listening to this profound subject, it is certain that one’s mind will be released from its strong hold on ordinary phenomena, needless to mention the benefits of practice."—Khenpo Namdrol Yanglesh