Heart Treasure of the Saints

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Patrul Rinpoche, image courtesy of Shechen Monastery

Heart Treasure of the Saints, The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action: Speech that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle, and End (Tib. ཐོག་མཐའ་བར་གསུམ་དུ་དགེ་བའི་གཏམ་ལྟ་སྒོམ་སྤྱོད་གསུམ་ཉམས་ལེན་དམ་པའི་སྙིང་ནོར་, Wyl. thog mtha' bar gsum du dge ba'i gtam lta sgom spyod gsum nyams len dam pa'i snying nor) — a long poem written by Patrul Rinpoche that covers the entire Buddhist path.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Shortcomings of our Decadent Age

Part Two: The View, Meditation and Action of the Mahayana

The Path of the Sutras

Taking Refuge
The Thought of Enlightenment
Guru Yoga

The Path of the Tantras

Pure Perception
The Development Stage
The Completion Stage
Transformation of Senses, Emotions and Aggregates
The Four Essential Points Related to Body, Speech, Mind and Dharmakaya
Conclusion of the Second Discourse

Part Three: The Determination to Be Free from Samsara



  • Patrul Rinpoche, The Practice of the Essence of the Sublime Heart Jewel, View, Meditation and Action: The Propitious Speech from the Beginning, Middle and End, translated by Thinley Norbu
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones (Boston & London: Shambhala, 1992)


  • Dilgo Khyentsé, Le Trésor du coeur des êtres éveillés (Points Sagesses, 1992)


  • Dilgo Khyentse, Das Herzjuwel der Erleuchteten (Tedesco, 2013)


In Tibetan

  • Khenpo Shenga, The Excellent Path of the Bodhisattvas, A Word by Word Commentary on Speech that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle, and End (thog mtha' bar gsum dge ba'i gtam gyi 'bru 'grel rgyal sras lam bzang)

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Oral Transmissions Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 19 August 2019: root verses
  • Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 1 May 2023: Khenpo Shenga's commentary