Rigpe Dorje Publications

"In the time of degeneration,
I will come in the form of Masters.
In the time of degeneration,
I will come in the form of Words."

By Buddha Shakyamuni

In order for practitioners today and those of successive future generations to gain deeper insight into the study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche realised that it would be invaluable to preserve the vast body of teachings, commentaries and instructions by great Indian and Tibetan Masters, in particular the Five Great Treasuries by the First Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. Furthermore, to continue the effort to uncover and publish the works of great Tibetan Masters which have become rare by virtue of their inaccessibility, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche aimed to make the teachings, commentaries and instructions available and to publish them in a manner that would be suitable and easily accessible to contemporary students and practitioners.

Rigpe Dorje Publications was launched in 2008 to fulfil the vision of the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The union of study and practice is essential for all Buddhists engaged in the Path. Realisation of supreme enlightenment depends on meditation that relies on contemplation which is based on study. Rigpe Dorje Publications aims to support both branches of training through its works in the Rigpe Dorje Study Series and the Rigpe Dorje Practice Series.

The Benefit of Dharma Publications

The teachings of Lord Buddha and the commentaries by great realised masters simultaneously accomplish both temporal and ultimate benefits. Publishing the texts serves their preservation and propagation and provides opportunities for students to study, contemplate, and meditate on their meaning at one's personal leisure. It is like meeting the Buddha in person and a basis for the cultivation of wisdom, virtue, and well-being. Publishing Dharma texts as well as supporting this activity is thus the summit in the practice of generosity.

Lord Maitreya stated:

Constantly engaging in the ten Dharma activities –
Writing the scriptures, making offerings, practicing generosity,
Listening, reading, memorising,
Explaining, reciting, contemplating, and meditating —
Yields immeasurable merits.

There are countless similar teachings on the immeasurable, profound and vast merits from publishing Dharma texts.


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