The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen presents, in a very concise and inclusive way, all that an individual actually needs to practice in order to attain awakening. This style of presentation, in its brevity and directness, is appropriate for the present time because our mental afflictions are strong and life is short. We do t have time to waste. The text, which is composed of eight songs, presents the quintessence of both Mahamudra and Dzokchen while celebrating their fundamental unity. Written in Karma Chakme's unique style of extreme simplicity and great profundity, it makes what is rmally difficult to understand very easy and straightforward.
Karma Chakme Rinpoche, the great mahasiddha who lived in seventeenth-century Tibet at the time of the Tenth Karmapa, was one of the most highly realized and accomplished individuals in scholarship and meditation. In order to benefit all practitioners pursuing the path of the dharma, he composed over one hundred volumes of teachings. He is one of the great living masters of the Karma Kagyu tradition. Born in 1922 in East Tibet, Rinpoche is the abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, New York, and retreat master of the Karme Ling Three-Year Retreat Center in upstate New York.