Guhyagarbha Tantra

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Guhyagarbha Tantra (Skt.; Tib. Gyü Sangwé Nyingpo; Wyl. rgyud gsang ba'i snying po) The Essence of Secrets Tantra — the main tantra of the Mahayoga. For centuries, detailed study of its root verses and many celebrated commentaries, including Longchenpa's Trilogy of Dispelling Darkness, Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima's Key to the Precious Treasury and Mipham Rinpoche's Essence of Clear Light, has been the key to understanding the Vajrayana’s most prominent themes and practices, such as empowerment, samaya, mantra recitation and the use of mandalas.



  • Vilasavajra, Guhyagarbhamahātantrarājatīkā (Skt; Wyl. dpal gsang ba snying po'i 'grel pa rin po che'i spar khab)


  • Ornament of the Wisdom Mind of the Lord of Secrets

English Translations

Teachings on the Guhyagarbha Tantra

These teachings have been given several times to the Rigpa Sangha, including:

Further Reading

  • Nathaniel DeWitt Garson, Penetrating the Secret Essence Tantra: Context and Philosophy in the Mahāyoga System of rNying-ma Tantra, unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Virginia, 2004
  • Ringu Tulku, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great, Shambhala Publications, 2006, pp. 75-79