Reverberation of Sound Tantra

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Reverberation of Sound Tantra (Tib. སྒྲ་ཐལ་འགྱུར་, Dra Talgyur; Wyl. sgra thal 'gyur) is the root tantra among the Seventeen Tantras of Menngagde within the Dzogchen tradition. This tantra explains how to attain the level of nirmanakaya and how to accomplish the welfare of others through practices related to sound.

Tibetan Text


  • Vimalamitra, སྒྲ་ཐལ་འགྱུར་རྒྱུད་འགྲེལ་སྒྲོན་མ་སྣང་བྱེད་, sgra thal 'gyur rtsa rgyud 'grel sgron ma snang byed
BDRC icon.png སྒྲ་ཐལ་འགྱུར་རྒྱུད་འགྲེལ་སྒྲོན་མ་སྣང་བྱེད་, sgra thal 'gyur rtsa rgyud 'grel sgron ma snang byed

Alternative Translations of the Title

  • Penetration of Sound
  • Consequence of Sound (Wilkinson)
  • Drataljur (sGra-thal-’gyur chen po’i rgyud); Skt., Shabda maha prasamga mula tantra.[1]


The Seventeen Tantras are quoted extensively throughout Longchenpa's The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding (Tibetan: གནས་ལུགས་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་མཛོདWylie: gnas lugs rin po che'i mdzod).

Barron et al. (1998: pp. 208–209) render an embedded quotation of this tantra within their translation of Longchenpa's 'Way of Abiding' that discusses a Dzogchen perspective of buddha-nature:

Moreover, owing to their circumstances, among ordinary beings
there is not a single one who is not a buddha.
Because their nature is in harmony with naturally occurring timeless awareness,
samsara is never something existent.
Therefore, each being is naturally a buddha.
Once one realizes what the process of birth really is, abiding in the womb is the basic space of phenomena,
the coming together of body and mind is the connection between basic space and awareness,
and abiding in the body is the three kayas.
Aging is the falling away of phenomena and the end of appearances based on confusion,
illness is the experience of the nature of phenomena,
and death is emptiness, impossible to identify.
Therefore, ordinary beings are buddhas.[2]


  1. Capriles, Elias (2004). Clear discrimination of views pointing at the definitive meaning the four philosophical schools of the Sutrayana traditionally taught in Tibet with reference to the Dzogchen teachings. Source: [1] (accessed: Monday October 12, 2009), p.5
  2. Barron, Richard (trans), Longchen Rabjam (author): Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding. Padma Publishing (1998) ISBN 1-881847-09-8, pp.208-209

Further Reading

  • Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, 'The Dzogchen Scriptures' in Quintessential Dzogchen, edited by Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2006

External links

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