This book has 3 previously published texts (the titled one from Crystal Mirror V, The 4 Immeasurably Great Catalysts of Being from "Kindly Bent to Ease Us" vol. I, & a self-commentary on the latter from Gesar magazine 1992). The 1st 2 were translated by Guenther; the last by Yeshe De translation group. It also includes an introduction by Tarthang Tulku (TT) with a guru yoga practice, some nice color plates of Longchenpa thangkas, an appendix describing TT's Indian Peace Ceremony, a Longchenpa Sadhana ceremony in 2008 (with contact info); also an enclosed bookmark describes a retreat on this book in July 2007 in Buenos Aires email@example.com & has a verse from p. 57. The texts make up ½ the book & the initial text is the least technical of Longchenpa's 3 Parting Injunctions. It addresses basic Vajrayana (vs. Dzogchen)--Immeasurables & Paramitas. There is emphasis on balancing the 4, considering their shadow sides. Content resembles Pema Chodron's books. But, verses are beautiful: p. 41: (Guenther) "In a poetic lyrical form whose special appeal lies in the uses of striking similes & a beseeching refrain."
p. 57 & the enclosed bookmark:
The presence of this life is like a single day:
The presence of the intermediate state is like tonight's dream.
The presence of a future life will come as quickly as tomorrow--
Deal with life's real meaning straight away.
Since the commentary (embedding the verses) is translated by different people, verses differ--I greatly prefer Guenther's translation. His word choices (e.g. openness vs. emptiness = same as Pema Chodron), capitalizations (Mind & Being where appropriate), etc. For example: p. 73: "non-referential equanimity; Everything is mind & this being Mind-as-such is like the spacious sky. Let your mind, free from all propositions about it, settle in this sphere that in the ultimate sense has never come into existence & is utterly open." There are also wonderful phrases within the verses such as: pp. 57-8: "Without contentment, even `wealth' is poverty. The avaricious mind enjoys no satisfaction. Contentment itself is the greatest wealth; even a little fills the mind with happiness, p. 59: The mystery of the within the within, p. 61: Worldliness is done with; this life's show is over, p. 61: I have been satiated with the joy of meaningfulness, & p. 62: Go to the place of the origin of all & everything--nirvana."