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A new collection of Dzogchen books by B. Alan Wallace

A new collection of Dzogchen books by B. Alan Wallace

A new collection of Dzogchen books by B. Alan Wallace is in the works

In this Wisdom Moments video Alan Wallace talks about the series of new books he is working on, which will consist of a collection of translations of texts attributed to the Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa, a nineteenth-century Nyingma tertön, and his disciples Sera Khandro and Padma Tashi. The translations being worked on include: