Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind

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Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind (Tib. སེམས་ཉིད་ངལ་གསོ་, Semnyi Ngalso, Wyl. sems nyid ngal gso) is the first volume of Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease, a work within the Dzogchen tradition that covers both sutra and tantra. It is a profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path that combines a scholastic expository method with direct pith instructions designed for serious practitioners. It can be considered to be a lamrim text in the Nyingma lineage, presenting the entire scope of the Buddhist view combined with pith instructions for pointing out the nature of one’s mind.

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche says: “In his stunningly poetic exposition, the Trilogy of Rest, Gyalwa Longchenpa illumines the great path to enlightenment with unsurpassable depth and detail. Volume 1 of the trilogy, Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, sets us upon that path, grounding us from our very first steps through to the profound—showing the most profound to be grounded in unshakable simplicity. Brilliantly clarifying the complexities we create to come to this realization, Longchenpa easily and clearly reveals the concordance of the journey’s various stages.”

Root Text

Commentaries

There are three commentaries on the text by Longchenpa himself.

Oral Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • Khenpo Gyatso, Rigpa Shedra East, Pharping, Nepal, 2014
  • Khenpo Tashi Tseten, Rigpa Shedra East, Pharping, Nepal, January-February 2020 (first half of the sutra part of the text)
  • Khenpo Tashi Tseten, Rigpa Shedra online, January-April 2021 (the second half of the sutra part of the text, covering Following a spiritual teacher, Taking refuge, The Four Immeasurables and Cultivating Bodhicitta.)
  • Khenpo Tashi Tseten, Rigpa Shedra online, January-April 2022 (tantra section). More information here