The Nine Gradual Vehicles — Two Complementary Presentations

This publication contains two complementary presentations of the nine gradual vehicles,
  • A Brief Presentation of the Nine Yānas
  • The Quintessential View of the Accomplished Vidyādharas Explained in Terms of the Key Aspects of the Practice Presented as Nine Gradual Vehicles
And is adorned by a Sadhana of Mañjushrī entitled Light from the Wisdom Sun.


According to the Nyingma tradition, the teachings of the Buddha can be presented as nine gradual vehicles or yanas. The clear and concise presentation of the nine gradual vehicles by Kyabje Zenkar Rinpoche is complemented by Pema Lungtok Gyatso Rinpoche’s in-depth review of each vehicle. While both explain the nine vehicles through their entry point, view, meditation, conduct and result, the latter details them further, puts them into perspective and offers pith instructions on how to approach their practice. This publication is therefore an essential companion for buddhist practitioners.
For the sake of realising the true meaning of these teachings, a prayer to Mañjushrī composed by Kyabje Zenkar Rinpoche and entitled Light from the Wisdom Sun: a Sādhanā of Noble Mañjushrī, Supreme Deity of Deities precedes these two compositions.
In addition, Kyabje Zenkar Rinpoche’s biography composed by the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche Tenzin Lungtok Nyima has been translated to introduce and pay homage to this exceptional, accomplished yogi of our times.

Table of Contents

The table of contents is available for download as a PDF file to give a complete overview of the book.

Authors' short biography

Kyabje Zenkar Rinpoche was born in 1943 in Sichuan, China. At the age of three, he was recognized as the second emanation of Do Khyentse, Jigme Lingpa’s mind embodiment. Having received and studied the teachings of the Nyingma tradition at the monasteries of Dzogchen and Do Drupchen, he then went to Dzongsar Monastery to receive the precepts of the Sakya tradition, therefore becoming the lineage holder of two different traditions. Zenkar Rinpoche has made outstanding contributions to the Tibetan culture and education, and is renowned as one of the world’s leading Tibetan Buddhist scholars.
Pema Lungtok Gyatso Rinpoche (b. 1852) was both a principal heartson and the doctrine-holder of the great treasure discoverer and vajra heruka, Dudjom Lingpa. Being perfectly learned and having reached the highest bhumi of the accomplished ones, he has laid down the teachings’ continuity. From his many writings only remain this presentation of the nine vehicles, a detailed commentary of the Dudjom chöd practice and a dharma-cycle of Tara.


  • ISBN 978-2-930447-20-9
  • 15x22.8 cm, 216 pages, paper cover
  • Bilingual Tibetan-English
  • Date of publication: October 2015
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