Three Classes of the Great Perfection

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Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

The Three Classes of the Great Perfection (Tib. རྫོགས་ཆེན་སྡེ་གསུམ, Dzogchen Desum, Wyl. rdzogs chen sde gsum) is a revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. It was revealed in 1857[1] at Meshö Dzomnang as an earth terma taken from the Lotus Crystal Cave, a cave sacred to Guru Rinpoche.[2] Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche described it as Chokgyur Lingpa's foremost treasure, as it is the only Tibetan terma to reveal all three classes of Dzogchen.[3]


  1. Doctor (2005) p. 89 gives the precise date as January 28, 1857
  2. The full story of the revelation is told in Orgyen Tobgyal (2000), pp. 14-15
  3. Doctor (2005), p.89

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Further Reading

  • Andreas Doctor, Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2005).
  • Orgyen Tobgyal, The Life of Chokgyur Lingpa, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2000