The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

as Taught by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche

Healing the Heart and Mind

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa are the quintessence that brings together the very profound and vast meaning of the Buddha's entire teachings in just four lines:
Dharma becomes the Dharma.
Dharma becomes the path.
The path dispels confusion.
Confusion dawns as wisdom.

Sometimes we put it as a supplication or a prayer:
Grant your magnificent blessings so that my mind and the minds of all sentient beings may follow the Dharma.
Grant your magnificent blessings so that Dharma may follow along the path.
Grant your magnificent blessings so that confusion may be dispelled from the path.
Grant your magnificent blessings so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.


The Four Dharmas of Gampopa, the realization of the enlightened Gampopa, are the profound pith instructions of the path to buddhahood in four lines. To unfold their deep and vast meaning, Gampopa taught extensively, and many commentaries have been written by great masters including Lord Jigten Sumgön, the founder of Drikung Kagyu lineage, who said, “Of the 84,000 doors of Dharma taught by the Buddha, there is nothing that is not included in these four Dharmas. They are the complete and unmistaken path that leads to ultimate enlightenment.” This book contains the essence of Lord Jigten Sumgön's commentaries as taught by Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche in a clear, compassionate, accessible, and complete way.

Gampopa (1074-1153), Milarepa’s heart disciple and the author of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, merged and actualized the wisdom from the lineages of the Profound View, Vast Action, and Magnificent Blessing Realization, and attained buddhahood. Thereafter, he taught extensively, passing down his wisdom and realization through unbroken lineages and writings collected in five volumes. He is highly venerated and praised by all.

Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Tsari, Tibet. After nine years of higher buddhist studies, he furthered his study with H.E. Khunu Lama and went into retreat under the guidance of H.E. Khyunga Rinpoche, Vajradhara Pachung Rinpoche, and Gelong Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche. After coming to USA in 1982 and founding the Tibetan Meditation Center, for forty years Rinpoche has been tirelessly travelling and showing the path that purifies obscurations and leads to perfect enlightenment to his disciples all over the world. Revered and beloved as an accomplished scholar, meditation master, teacher, translator, and author, like the sun that shines impartially upon all, Rinpoche’s radiance of compassion, vast knowledge and wisdom inspires, benefits, and ripens us all.


Read the preface by Most Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche. (Download here)

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This 420 pages book with thread-sewn binding is rich in content.  The book weights 0.75 kg (or 1.65 pound). Its dimension is 15.5 x 23 x 2.1 cm (or 6.1 x 9 x 0.83 inches).



Rinpoche asks everyone to please read the book and study thoroughly and put into practice to pay off how much we worked hard to make the book available.

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The printing cost of the first 500 book ( 420 pages) has been sponsored by a number of kind sponsors from the worldwide Sanghas. Therefore, these 500 copies can be offered for free , you only need to prepay the shipping cost. Right now, there are not many left. We need your support to finance the second printing of this book to make it possible for all who are interested in getting it. (the printing cost for each book is 80 SEK or 8 USD). Any donation is greatly appreciated. In Sweden: PG-konto: 128 78 06-2, elsewhere Paypal:

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May it benefit all mother sentient beings and may bodhicitta increase higher and higher!

May all mother sentient beings swiftly attain unsurpassed, perfect, and complete enlightenment without hindrance.

We express our utmost gratitude to Most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche for all his precious Dharma teachings and all who have contributed to this book project .

We dedicate all virtue to the enlightenment of all sentient beings.



Long Life Prayer for Most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche

The beautiful long life prayer for Most Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche known as In Praise of Khenchen, Vajradhara and Great Knowledge Holder of Definite Meaning written by the scholar and meditator Trotse in Kathmandu and translated into English by Mark Riege can be downloaded here.



Most sincerely,
Zabrina Leung and Lars Ljungqvist

Ratnashri Meditation Center, Sweden
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