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"The Dragon Yogis" to be launched at ADC

The Dragon Yogis, a collection of selected biographies and teachings of the Drukpa Lineage Masters, will be launched at the First ADC.

The Drukpa or Dragon Lineage has a very long list of enlightened yogis and adepts credited to its name. Many of these enlightened masters left legacies and legendary tales that are still well-known in the far-flung Himalayas where people are naturally closer to their innate nature, yet they remain unknown to most parts of the contemporary world. Although fractions of their life experiences, spiritual songs of enlightenment and teachings from their hearts are quoted in many sacred texts of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism and translated into different languages, very few have made reference to the root of the lineage. The Dragon Yogis is probably one of the first compilations of the abridged history of the Drukpa Lineage, with selected biographies and teachings of the past and present masters of this Yogi Lineage of practice and realization.

Registrants and participatns of the First ADC will have the privilege of being the first to own this collection... and if you may be fortunate to get the books autographed by the attending Drukpa masters. For those unable to attend the First ADC, please visit Drukpa Publications' website to reserve your copy.

The book The Dragon Yogis is definitely a precious compilation of selected biographies and teachings of the enlightened masters of the Drukpa Lineage from its founder, the First Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje to its contemporary masters of today. This is definitely going to be the first of many series of teachings and biographies to be published over the years. Here are excerpts of the forewords and preface included in the book:

“The lineage of the Drukpa, since the auspicious moment its founder witnessed nine dragons flying up into the sky amidst positive omens, has been practiced by many serious practitioners, who attained enlightenment within one lifetime. They left behind physical and spiritual legacies that we are still able to see and read as moral encouragement on the very lonely path of spirituality, in a time that modernization and materialism have seemingly become the driving motivation behind every external development in our society.” – Foreword by His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa

“This collection of biographies and teachings of the masters of the glorious Drukpa Lineage is complete in its content and subject. I rejoice in the effort made to bring forth this book and pray that it be of great benefit to Dharma practitioners in general and followers of the Drukpa Lineage in particular.” - Foreword by His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo

“This book briefly introduces the history of the Drukpa Lineage and biographies of some of the great Drukpa masters and shares the spiritual treasures of the lineage with excerpts from their teachings…. It is our hope that this book will serve as the key to unlocking the door of the vast spiritual treasure trove of the Drukpa Lineage and ultimately lead all sentient beings to complete enlightenment.” – Preface by Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh

And an introduction by Professor John A. Ardussi, a historian in Tibetan Studies based in the United States of America.

Contents of The Dragon Yogis are as follows:

  • Foreword by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
  • Foreword by His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda
  • Preface by Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
  • Introduction by Professor John A. Ardussi
  • Origin of the Lineage & Dragon Yogis of the Past
    • The Source of the Lineage
    • The Origin of the Name Drukpa
    • Founder of the Lineage
    • The Three Victorious Ones (Gyalwa Namsum)
    • The Three Divine Madmen
    • The Omniscient Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa
    • Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
    • Drubwang Shakya Shri
  • Dragon Masters & Their Teachings
    • The First Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (Biography)
      • Heart Advice from A Yogi
      • A Short Instruction (Teaching by the Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa Kunkhyen Pema Karpo)
    • His Holiness the 68th Je Khenpo Gedun Rinchen (Biography)
      • Advice from the Heart (Teaching by His Holiness the 68th Je Khenpo)
    • His Holiness the Present Gyalwang Drukpa (Biography)
      • What Does It Mean to be A Buddhist?
      • Karma, Reincarnation & Refuge
      • Bodhicitta & Attachment
    • The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye (Biography)
      • Developing Bodhicitta (Teaching)
      • About Gurus
    • The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso (Biography)
      • The Three Jewels
      • An Overview of the 37 Bodhisattva Practices
    • The 9th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima
      • The Nectar of Dharma
    • The 9th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
      • Reflections on the Path of Dharma
      • Philosophy of Buddhism in Daily Life
    • The 8th Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche
      • The Lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
    • The 9th Kyabje Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche
      • Karma & Bodhicitta
    • The 8th Kyabje Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche
      • How to Generate Compassion
    • The 8th Kyabje Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche
      • On Buddhism & Samaya
    • The 3rd Kyabje Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche
      • Motivation & Authenticity
    • Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
      • Short Messages from the Heart
    • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
      • Basic Sanity in Buddhism
      • Discovering Our True Buddha Nature
  • Supplementary Readings
    • Ralung
    • Druk Sangag Choeling
    • Circling Kailash & Manasarovar
    • The Six Ornaments of Naropa
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary