Opening of the Dharma

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Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Samdrup Podrang, Lhasa, 1955

Opening of the Dharma (Tib. ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒོ་འབྱེད་, Wyl. chos kyi sgo 'byed) is a brief survey of Tibetan Buddhism from a Rimé standpoint composed by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö in Sikkim at the request of Apa Pant, who was the Indian Political Officer at that time. Its full title is Opening of the Dharma: A Brief Discourse on the Essence of All Vehicles (Wyl. theg pa mtha' dag gi snying po mdo tsam brjod pa chos kyi sgo 'byed).


  • Michael Aris, 'Jamyang Khyentse's Brief Discourse on the Essence of All the Ways' in Kailash 5 no 3 (1977) pp. 205-228. (Available for download here)
  • H.H. The XIVth Dalai Lama, First Panchen Lama, Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche & Kalu Rinpoche, Four Essential Buddhist Texts, LTWA, 1981 revised edition 1982, pp. 3-22
  • Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Opening the Dharma: A brief explanation of the essence of the limitless vehicles of the Buddha, Reflection Publications, 1984