Finding Rest in Illusion is the third volume of the Trilogy of Rest, Longchenpa’s classic exposition of the Buddhist path. The purpose of these teachings is to introduce us to our most basic nature—the clear and pristine awareness that is the nature of the mind. According to the traditional Tibetan Buddhist formula of view, meditation, and action, this volume follows 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, and Finding Rest in Meditation, which outlines the main points of meditation, namely, where one should meditate, what qualities a practitioner should possess and develop, and what should be practiced.
The Padmakara Translation Group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation of the final volume of the trilogy, Finding Rest in Illusion, along with its autocommentary, The Chariot of Excellence, both intended to elucidate the appropriate action of a Buddhist practitioner. Finding Rest in Illusion describes in detail the conduct of those who have stabilized their recognition of the nature of the mind and how to apply the Buddhist view when relating to ordinary appearances. Drawing extensively from classic Buddhist works, the author uses well-known examples of illusion found throughout Mahāyāna literature to illustrate the illusory nature of both saṃsāra and nirvāṇa, thus revealing their ultimate nondual nature. This is an invaluable manual for any genuine student of Buddhism who wishes to truly find rest through the path of the Great Perfection.
"Finding Rest in Illusion completes the project to translate the Trilogy of Rest, Longchenpa’s quintessential guide to the Nyingma Dzogchen tradition. The Padmakara Translation Group is well-known and respected for their clear, informed translations of Tibetan texts into contemporary English. I am certain that this third volume, which details how those who have recognized the nature of mind should conduct themselves, will be a valuable resource for practitioners and students of Buddhism alike." —The Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
"Finding Rest in Illusion is the third part of Gyalwa Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest. My root teacher Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche used to teach this trilogy so that it could be practiced in retreat for one hundred days of sustained meditation. It is a most essential presentation of the teachings of the Great Perfection in terms of the eight famous examples of illusion taken from the Prajñāpāramitā scriptures. This is a masterful and poetic translation and I believe it will be invaluable to many dedicated practitioners." —The Seventh Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
The Trilogy of Rest is the heart of all the sūtra and tantra teachings of Lord Buddha. It is the very essence of the wisdom mind of Gyalwa Longchenpa, the holder of the treasury of the nine vehicles. I rejoice that it has been translated into English and published by Shambhala Publications.
At the present time, when thoughts, ideas, and beliefs are becoming more and more coarse by the day, I hope and pray that these translated texts will be a source of goodness in the world, encouraging beings to turn within and to discover at length the uncontrived nature of their minds—finding rest and relief from all their many pains and sorrows." —Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche