Finding Rest in Meditation
Longchenpa’s classic exposition of the Buddhist path, the Trilogy of Rest, teaches us how to familiarize ourselves with our most basic nature—the clear and pristine awareness that is the nature of the mind. According to the traditional format of view, meditation, and action, it is the sequel to Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, which establishes the view of the Buddhist path generally, and specifically that of the teachings of the Great Perfection. It precedes the final volume, Finding Rest in Illusion, which focuses on post-meditation yogic conduct. This profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path combines the scholastic expository method with the direct pith instructions designed for advanced practitioners. The Padmakara Translation Group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation of Finding Rest in Meditation along with its autocommentary, The Chariot of Surpassing Purity.
Finding Rest in Meditation outlines the main points of meditation, namely, where one should meditate, what qualities a practitioner should possess and develop, and what should be practiced. Based on the author’s personal experience, these instructions are designed to help stabilize and intensify direct insight into the nature of the mind through meditative practice.
"Gyalwa Longchen Rabjam, the omniscient king of Dharma, was without doubt one of the greatest scholars and masters of the Old Translation school and of Tibetan Buddhism generally. Pouring forth directly from the ocean of his enlightened wisdom, his writings are the vehicle of an inexhaustible power of blessing. If merely to see and hear them in Tibetan is of immense benefit, there is no need to speak of the advantage of being able to study and understand them in one’s own language. It has long been my wish that Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest, of which Finding Rest in Meditation is the second volume, should be translated into easily accessible English, and I am glad that the Padmakara translators have, at long last, been able to complete this task. I hope that many will profit from the teachings contained in these texts and dedicate all the efforts that have gone into their production, without forgetting the generosity of its sponsors, to the benefit of all beings." —Taklung Tsetrul Pema Wangyal
"Omniscient Longchenpa’s Seven Treasures and Trilogy of Rest are the greatest inspirations for the entire Nyingma school and all who follow the Great Perfection path as a means to attaining the state of Samantabhadra. I am delighted that Padmakara has accomplished this translation of Finding Rest in Meditation from the Ngalso Korsum, which I am sure will be a tremendous service to the Nyingma tradition and all those interested in the Buddhadharma in general. My immense gratitude for this accomplishment and publication." —Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche