Profound Inner Meaning

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The Profound Inner Meaning (Tib. ཟབ་མོ་ནང་དོན་, zabmo nang dön, Wyl. zab mo nang don) is a text in verse composed by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, who also wrote a commentary on it called Illuminating the Profound Meaning (ཟབ་དོན་སྣང་བྱེད་, zab don snang byed).

The text is an overview of the principles of Highest Yoga Tantra, with a particular focus on the vajra body—the way the tantras understand the body and how it functions—which is the basis of kyerim and dzogrim practices. It is also said to be an overview of the Mother Tantras, Father Tantras, and Non-dual Tantras.

Tibetan Text

English Translation

  • The Profound Inner Principles, with Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye’s commentary 'Illuminating the Profound Principles', transl. E. Callahan, Shambhala, 2013.