Sakya Shri was one of the greatest masters of the Dukpa Kagyu. He was renowned for having practised and accomplished both the Mahamudra traditions of the Drukpa Kagyu and the Dzogchen tradition that had come to him through his root guru, Khamtrul Rinpoche. He taught students either Mahamudra or Dzogchen, or a mixture of both, whatever was suitable for them.
This book presents two texts from his Collected Works. Each one presents a specific aspect of innermost Dzogchen practice through the first text, on the introduction to the nature of the mind, is fully applicable to essence Mahamudra, too. As with several other texts on Thorough Cut (Threkcho), each text offers instruction on a key aspect of the teaching.
The first text is specifically on the topic of introduction to the nature of mind (sometimes called pointing out instruction). It is hard to find a text which, like this one does, specifically discusses this key technique of the higher tantras.
The second text continues by giving instruction on how to realize the nature of mind after it has been introduced to the disciple. This text specifically explains the practices of the Thorough Cut (Khregs chod) of Dzogchen. This text also includes specific instructions on the special preliminary practice of innermost Great Completion (Dzogchen) called Parting into Sides (rushen, in Tibetan).
Both texts are very explicit and will be of real interest to anyone properly engaged in Dzogchen or Mahamudra. The texts are Drukpa Kagyu, so they will be of special interest to Drukpa Kagyu followers. The book includes a complete introduction and extensive notes to help understand the texts.