The Words of My Perfect Teacher

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The snowy cave where Patrul Rinpoche wrote the Words of My Perfect Teacher is situated at the tree-line, just below the massive glacier in this photo. photo courtesy of Matthew Pistono

The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Tib. ཀུན་བཟང་བླ་མའི་ཞལ་ལུང་, Kunzang Lamé Shyalung; Wyl. kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung) was composed by the great Nyingma master, Patrul Rinpoche. The work is an explanation of the Longchen Nyingtik ngöndro, the preliminary practices from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings, discovered by Jikmé Lingpa. This famous commentary is a completely faithful written record of the oral teachings Patrul Rinpoche received directly from his teacher, Jikmé Gyalwé Nyugu.

Tibetan text


  • Kun-Zang La-May Zhal-Lung: The Oral Instruction of Kun-Zang La-Ma on the Preliminary Practices of Dzog-Ch'En Long-Ch'En Nying-Tig (Nga-Gyur Nying-Ma), translated by Sonam T. Kazi, Diamond Lotus Pub, 1989.
  • Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Yale University Press, Revised edition, 2010). ISBN 978-0300165326