Mengak Study Pack
A Treasury of Dharma


In this study pack, designed specifically for personal study, Sogyal Rinpoche’s main teachings from 2000-2005 have been gathered and woven together in both audio and written form.

This pack is for each and every one of us who consider ourselves to be a student of Sogyal Rinpoche and are committed to studying his teachings. It offers us a unique opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Buddhist teachings systematically, no matter where we are on the path.

The compilation begins with an overview, which is similar in structure and content to a ‘classic’ public talk given by Sogyal Rinpoche. In an essential yet profound way, it surveys most of the main topics that are covered in greater detail later on.

The next section begins by explaining how best to receive and understand these teachings before entering into more in-depth study.

Topics include: How to receive the teachings, The Dharma: an Introduction, The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings, Ground, Path & Fruition, Meditation & Wisdom and Compassion in Action.

For more details of the topics covered please see the list below.

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I - Overview

  1. Introduction
  2. Inner Peace and Contentment
    1. Contentment
    2. Discontentment
    3. Peace of Mind
  3. The Lasting Happiness of Enlightenment

II Introduction

  1. How To Receive the Teachings
    1. How to Listen
    2. How to Study
    3. The Importance of Listening to the Teachings
    4. The Three Wisdom Tools
    5. Why We Listen to Recorded Teachings
    6. Becoming Holders of the Lineage
    7. The Three Noble Principles
  2. The Dharma: an Introduction
    1. The Dharma
    2. Transmission and Realization
    3. The Three Trainings
    4. The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma
  3. The Essence of the Buddha’s Teaching
    1. “Commit not a single unwholesome action,”
    2. “Cultivate a wealth of virtue,”
    3. “To tame this mind of ours…”
  4. The Mind

III - Ground, Path and Fruition

  1. A Definition of Dzogchen
  2. Introduction to Ground, Path and Fruition
  3. The Ground: the Definition
    1. The Examples Used to Illustrate the Ground
  4. The Three Qualities of the Ground
    1. ‘Empty’ Essence
      • Permanence
      • Non-existence
      • The Benefit of Understanding
      • ‘Freedom from Permanence’
      • The Benefit of Understanding
      • ‘Freedom from Non-existence’
    2. Cognizant Nature
    3. Unconfined, All-Pervasive Compassionate Energy
    4. The Implications of the Ground
    5. The Ground Explained Simply
  5. The Path
    1. Delusion
      • The Self-Image
      • The Conceptual Mind
      • The Eight Consciousnesses
      • The Sixth and Seventh Consciounesses
      • The Eighth Consciousness
    2. View, Meditation, and Action
      • The View

IV - Meditation

  1. Introduction to Meditation
    1. What Is Meditation?
    2. The Definitions of Meditation
      • The Essential Nature of Shamatha and Vipashyana
      • The Necessity for Both Shamatha and Vipashyana
      • The Progressive Order of Shamatha and Vipashyana
    3. Recent Scientific Research into Meditation
    4. The Three Noble Principles
      • Good in the Beginning
      • Good in the Middle
      • Good at the End
  2. The Direct Approach:
    “The mind, left unaltered, will find its own natural peace.”
    • Remaining in the Present Moment
    • Unaltered
    • Natural Great Peace
    • Leave Your Mind
  3. The Gradual Approach
    1. Mindfulness
      1. The Four Applications of Mindfulness
    2. Shamatha
      1. The Crucial Point of Shamatha:
        The Undistracted State of Mind
        • Held with the Motivation of Bodhichitta
      2. The Three Key Principles of Shamatha:
        Remaining, Mindfulness, Watchful Awareness
        • Mindfulness
        • Awareness and Remaining, Abiding Spaciously
        • All Three Key Principles
      3. The Posture
      4. The Unifying Practice
        1. Looking at an Object or Image of Buddha
        2. Reciting a Mantra
        3. Watching the Breath
        4. Three Methods in One
      5. Other Methods
        • Using the Five Senses
        • Using Thoughts and Emotions
        • Which Method to Use
      6. The Textual Tradition
        • The Five Faults
        • The Eight Antidotes
        • The Nine Ways or Stages of Resting the Mind
        • The Six Powers
        • The Four Mental Engagements
      7. The Oral Tradition
      8. Stillness, Movement, and Awareness
        • View, Meditation and Action of Shamatha
      9. Experiences
      10. Taking Breaks
        • When to Stop the Session
        • Remaining and Clarity
      11. The Effects and Benefits of Meditation
      12. Integration: Meditation in Action
      13. Inspiration
      14. Shamatha to Vipashyana

Appendix A Detailed Track listings

Appendix B Wisdom and Compassion in Action
Sogyal Rinpoche’s Teachings on Integration

  1. Introduction: The Real Meaning of Integration
  2. The Three Key Principles of Shamatha
  3. Applying the Three Key Principles of Shamatha in Action
  4. The Actual points of Instruction
    Visualize don’t Conceptualize
    How to Communicate
    Working Together and Caring for Each Other
  5. Conclusion
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