Curriculum: Year One to Year Five

YEAR ONE

Empowerment:

Lama Norbu Gyamtso - must be received before Lama Norbu Gyamtso teachings in Year Two
 Chos kyi sgo 'byed gu ru'i thugs sgrub nor bu rgya tsho'i rtsa dbang zhu dgos
 Pad gling gter chos

The empowerment of Lama Norbu Gyamtso for accomplishing the mind of the Lama and opening the gate of the Dharma.
Treasure of Pema Lingpa

Texts:

  1. Dkon mchog gsum la phyir mi ldog pa'i nges pa rnyed phyir dkon mchog rjes dren
     Ston pa bcom ldan 'das
     de'i 'grel pa Bkris mi zad pa'i sgra dbyangs
     Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rgya mtsho

    "Remembering the three supreme ones" - a text which brings irreversible confidence in the three jewels.
    Buddha the conqueror.
    Along with the commentary "The Inexhaustible Melodious Instruction."
    Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyats
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  2. Rdzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso las rgyu mtshan nyid theg pa'i skor
     Kun mkhyen Klong chen rab 'byams
     de'i 'grel pa Shing rta rnam dag

    The great perfection, finding ease in the nature of mind - the section on the causal vehicle of characteristics.
    The Omniscient Longchen Rabjam
    Along with the autocommentary, "The Completely Pure Chariot"
    "Finding Ease in the Nature of Mind" (sems nyid ngal gso) is the first volume of "The Trilogy of Finding Ease" (ngal gso skor gsum).

  3. Snga 'gyur rnying ma'i chos 'byung

    The History of the Nyingma Tradition.

YEAR TWO

Empowerments:

Lama Norbu Gyamtso (if not received in Year One)

Vajravarahi (Vajravārāhī) - must be received before Year Four
 Rdo rje phag mo'i dbang
 Pad gling gter chos

Vajravarahi Empowerment
Terma of Pema Lingpa

Texts:

  1. Mkhas par bya ba'i gnas drug
     Mkhan chen gzhan phan chos kyi snang ba

    The six points for becoming skilled.
    Khenchen Shenpen Chökyi Nangwa

  2. Thugs sgrub nor bu rgya mtsho'i las byang
     Pad gling gter chos
     de'i 'grel pa Pad ma'i zil bcud
     Rje mkhan Bstan 'dzin don grub

    The ritual service manual of accomplishing the mind of the Guru, Norbu Gyatso.
    Terma of Pema Lingpa
    With commentary by Pema Zilchu
    Je Khenpo Tendzin Dondrup

  3. Rdzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso las gsang rdo rje theg pa'i skor
     Kun mkhyen Klong chen rab 'byams
     de'i 'grel pa Shing rta rnam dag

    The great perfection, finding ease in the nature of mind - the section on secret mantra vajrayana.
    The Omniscient Longchen Rabjam
    Along with the autocommentary, "The completely pure chariot."

  4. Snga 'gyur rnying ma'i chos 'byung

    The History of the Nyingma Tradition.

YEAR THREE

Empowerments:

In addition to previous years’ empowerments

Peaceful and Wrathful Deities
 Nang rgyud sde gsum las bskyed pa ma ha yo ga'i sgyu 'phrul zhi khro'i dbang
 Pad gling gter chos

From the three inner tantras: the empowerment of the peaceful and wrathful deities of the magical net, the generation stage of Mahayoga.
Terma of Pema Lingpa

Guhyagarbha - must be received for access to Luminous Essence teachings

Texts:

  1. Sgyu 'phrul gsang ba snying po'i spyi don 'od gsal snying po
     Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rgya mtsho

    The commentary on the secret essence of the Magical Net, "Luminous Essence."
    Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyatso

  2. Yon tan rin po che'i mdzod las rgyu mtshan nyid theg pa'i skor
     Kun mkhyen 'Jigs med gling pa

    From the treasury of precious qualities: the section on the causal vehicle of characteristics.
    Omniscient Jigme Lingpa

  3. Snga 'gyur rnying ma'i chos 'byung

    The History of the Nyingma Tradition

YEAR FOUR

Empowerments:

Eight Logos (Eight Herukas)
 Bka' brgyad yang gsang thugs kyi me long gi dbang chen
 Pad gling gter chos

The great empowerment of the eight logos, known as "The exceedingly secret mirror of the heart."
Terma of Pema Lingpa

Texts:

  1. Rdzogs chen kun bzang dgongs 'dus kyi sngon 'gro
     Pad gling gter chos
     de'i phyogs sgrigs Ngag 'don byang chub lam bzang
     Skyabs rje Bdud 'joms

    The great perfection - preliminaries for the totality of Samantabhadra's enlightened intention.
    Terma of Pema Lingpa
    Along with the instruction manual, "The meaning of the excellent path of enlightenment."
    HH Dudjom Rinpoche

  2. Nges shes rin po che'i sgron me
     Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rgya mtsho

    Precious Beacon of Certainty.
    Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyatso

  3. Dbu ma rgyan gyi gnad bsdud thun min bzhes pa lnga
     Mkhan chen Zba tsho
     de'i 'grel pa Dbu ma rgyan gyi rnam bshad 'jam dbyangs bla ma'i zhal lung
     Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rgya mtsho

    A summary explanation of the extraordinary five key points of the ornament of the middle way
    The Great Abbot Shantarakshita
    Along with the commentary, "The complete explanation of the ornament of the middle way - the words of the Manjushri Lama."
    Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyatso

  4. Snga 'gyur rnying ma'i chos 'byung

    The History of the Nyingma Tradition.

YEAR FIVE

Empowerments:

Totality of Samantabhadra’s Enlightened Intention
 Rdzogs chen kun bzang dgongs 'dus kyi dbang chen
 Pad gling gter chos

The great empowerment of the great perfection - "The totality of Samantabhadra's enlightened intention."
Terma of Pema Lingpa

Texts:

  1. Bka' brgyad rnam bshad
     Mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rga mtsho

    The complete explanation of the eight logos.
    Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyamtso.

  2. Dbu ma rtsa ba shes rab
     Dpal mgon 'phags pa Klu grub
     de'i mchan 'grel
     Mkhan chen gzhan dga'

    Mulamadhyamakākarikā - the root verses of the wisdom of the middle way.
    Arya Nāgārjuna
    Along with the commentary by
    Khenchen Shenga

  3. Rdzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso las rdzogs chen skor
     Kun mkhyen Klong chen rab 'byams

    The great perfection, "Finding ease in the nature of mind" - the section of the great perfection.
    Omniscient Longchen Rabjam