Sword of Wisdom for Thoroughly Ascertaining Reality

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Mipham Rinpoche

The Sword of Wisdom for Thoroughly Ascertaining Reality (Tib. ཤེས་རབ་རལ་གྲི་དོན་རྣམ་ངེས་, Wyl. shes rab ral gri don rnam nges) composed in a single day in 1885 by Mipham Rinpoche consists of 104 verses, covering topics such as the two truths, the four principles of reasoning, valid cognition, the four reliances and the eight treasures of confidence.

Tibetan Text



  • Mipham Rinpoche composed his own annotations commentary (མཆན་འགྲེལ་, mchan 'grel) in the Fire Horse year of 1906.
  • Khenpo Dawé Özer དོན་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་པ་ལུང་རིགས་དོ་ཤལ་, don rnam 'grel pa lung rigs do shal (composed in 1982)
  • Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, དོན་རྣམ་པར་ངེས་པ་ཤེས་རབ་རལ་གྲིའི་འགྲེལ་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཉི་ཟླ་འབར་བའི་སྒྲོན་མེ་, don rnam par nges pa shes rab ral gri'i 'grel pa shes rab nyi zla 'bar ba'i sgron me. English translation by the author at Scribd or as a text file

Further Reading

  • Matthew T. Kapstein, 'Mi-pham's Theory of Interpretation' in Reason's Traces, Wisdom, 2001