You would like to stay with family and loved ones forever, but you are certain to leave them;
You would like to keep your beautiful home forever, but you are certain to leave it behind;
You would like to enjoy happiness, wealth and comfort forever, but you are certain to die;
You would like to study Dharma with your wonderful teacher forever, but you are certain to part;
You would like to be with your good spiritual friends forever, but you are certain to separate.
To my friends who feel deep disillusionment with Samsara
I, the Dharmaless beggar, exhort you:
From today on, put on the armor of effort, for the time has come to cross to the land of great bliss whence there is no separation.
In Bhutan, away from the conflict in Central Tibet, Longchenpa founded temples, wrote extensively, and gathered thousands of disciples. He also fathered a son, an emanation of Hayagriva, with a secret consort. He brought the Dharma to locations in Bhutan where it had not spread, tamed local spirits, continued to have extensive visionary experiences and discovered significant treasure troves. (79-86) Thus, most of his forties were spent in Bhutan until he was invited back to Tibet, with the Phagmodrupa now in power and Longchenpa no longer suspected of Sakya collaboration. Returning to Central Tibet, Longchenpa took Jangchub Gyaltsen among the thousands of new disciples to whom he taught and gave empowerments. He traveled throughout Central Tibet to teach and to establish monasteries and temples. (86-102) As he knew his final days were approaching, Longchenpa was told by Vimalamitra to give one final mass teaching at Samye. Upon his passing, Longchenpa’s relic multiplied a thousandfold, gods rained flowers, and rainbows filled the skies for several weeks. (103-6)
Among his reincarnations were, somehow, his own son, who carried on the Nyingthig lineage (the suggestion is that the son was an emanation, but the term reincarnation is used); the great terton Pema Lingpa, and the re-revealer of the Nyingthig teachings, Jigme Lingpa. (107-20) This was, of course, prophesied by Padmasambhava hundreds of year earlier, when Longchenpa was the young daughter of Trisong Detsen who received the Nyingthig teachings as a mind treasure directly from Padma. (15) This daughter was, according to the foreword by Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche, the reincarnation of a figure from the time when Padmasambhava, Shantarakshita, and Vimalamitra were the bastard sons of a poor woman who made a stupa for the remains of the previous Buddha, Mahakashyapa. (xxiv) In this way, Longchenpa’s karmic connection with the foundation of the Nyingma tradition was traced back into prehistory.
Longchenpa is widely considered the single most important writer on Dzogchen teachings. He is credited with more than 250 works, both as author and compiler, among which are the famous Seven Treasuries (mdzod bdun), the Trilogy of Natural Freedom (rang grol skor gsum), the Trilogy of Natural Ease (ngal gso skor gsum), his Trilogy of Dispelling Darkness, and his compilation, with commentaries, of the Nyingtig Yabshi. He is also a commentator on the Kunyed Gyalpo Tantra (Tib., kun byed rgyal po’i rgyud; “The King Who Creates Everything”, Skt. kulayarāja, “the King of the Dwelling Place [of Ultimate Bodhicitta]), a text belonging to the Mind Class (Tib., sems sde) of the Ati Yoga Inner Tantras.