Rig pa'i khu byug

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Text fragment of The Cuckoo of Awareness, from Dunhuang.
Text fragment of The Cuckoo of Awareness, from Dunhuang.

Rig pa'i khu byug (T. རིག་པའི་ཁུ་བྱུག; pron. rig pey ku chug), or Cuckoo of Awareness, is one of the five earlier translated tantras within sems sde class of the Dzogchen tradition.[1]

Ian Baker states:

...this seminal text is considered the basis of Dzogchen practices emphasising the nature of consciousness (sems sde). A version of this text was discovered among materials sealed into a chamber at the oasis of Dunhuang in the tenth century, but the text is held by tradition to date originally to the eighth century when Tibet’s first Dzogchen master, Vairocana, allegedly received it from Śrī Siṃha in the legendary land of Uḍḍiyāna.[2]

Translations and commentaries

Alternate translations for title

Alternate translations for the title of this text include:

  • the cuckoo's song of total presence (Ian Baker)
  • the cuckoo of awareness (Rangjung Yeshe)
  • the cuckoo's cry of awareness (Rangjung Yeshe, Ives Waldo)
  • the cuckoo of presence


  1. Internet-icon.svg Rig pa'i khu byug, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  2. Baker, Ian (2012), "Embodying Enlightenment: Physical Culture in Dzogchen as revealed in Tibet's Lukhang Murals", Asian Medicine, 7: 225–264 

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