Songs of Experience – These newly
translated teachings on meditation were given by Chögyam Trungpa
Rinpoche in Tibet, before he was 19. These meditation teachings are very
personal words of advice, given directly by the teacher to the student,
known as pith instructions. This tried and true method of transmission
is to wake up the student to their own experience—as it is, on the spot.
Songs of Experience is a collection of three texts that are a
small yet profound part of the Collected Tibetan Works of Chögyam
Trungpa, a corpus of 175 surviving texts that he wrote in Tibet before
his daring escape in 1959.
Years later, Chögyam Trungpa’s nephew, Surmang Rinpoche, spent nearly
20 years seeking out, gathering, and receiving instructions on these
from over 90 of Chögyam Trungpa’s direct students in Tibet. In 2001,
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche made his first journey to Tibet. There he met
his cousin, Surmang Rinpoche, who gave him an edition of many of these
texts at the Dorje Khyung Dzong retreat center of Surmang Dütsi Tel.
Since that time, the Nalanda Translation Committee has been working
with Surmang Rinpoche to translate, transmit, and publish these
teachings. In our recent work with him, we have begun to focus on 100
shorter texts for the public, which do not require special authorization
from a teacher to receive them.
Songs of Experience is our first offering of three of these
shorter works of Chögyam Trungpa. The book contains the original
Tibetan, English translation, and commentaries from Surmang Rinpoche on
these texts. We plan to continue publishing small collections of these
texts in order to make them more readily available to a wider audience.
31 page booklet.