The Great Chariot is an autocommentary on the root text, Relaxing in the Nature of Mind. Along with its companion texts, the Great Chariot presents the complete Buddhist path to awakening covering everything from the common foundations to the practice of the Great Perfection. Intended for the serious Buddhist student, the goal of this five-year course is to cover completely the Relaxing in the Nature of Mind cycle, combining study with practice. There will be an exam after the third course and a final exam at the end of the the fifth year course.
Because going for refuge is the foundation of the path of freedom, once one meets an authentic master who can show one the path, it is necessary to receive an extensive explanation of the causes and results of going for refuge and the means by which persons of greater, medium and average capacity go for refuge in the Three Jewels.
Chapter seven presents the training on the four immeasurables and aspirational bodhicitta. According to the teachings on the refuge of the greater person, the thought to attain happiness and peace merely for oneself is incorrect because all sentient beings have been connected with oneself in past lives. Thus, it is necessary to generate precious bodhicitta in order to have the courage to free all sentient beings from suffering and place them in happiness.
Chapter nine presents the basis of Secret Mantra Vajrayāna, the actual path of ripening and liberation to actualize the kāya of union in a single life, the general explanation of practicing the creation stage and completion stage in tandem.
Chapter ten explains how the discerning wisdom of the view enters into the meaning of the nature of the beginingless nonarising of all phenomena without dwelling in the two extreme views of permanence and annihilation.
Chapter eleven explains that meditation is the luminous self-originated wisdom that is like the sun and moon. As such, the nature of all phenomena is nonarising. The nature of reality that is like space must be confirmed with the view of the great freedom from extremes.
Chapter twelve presents the instructions for the accomplishment of concentration and the conduct for making progress, such as the training in the samadhi of the three immobilities and so on.
Chapter thirteen presents the kāyas and wisdoms of the luminous Great Perfection, the ultimate result that arises once one has reached the conclusion of the view, mediation and conduct of the ripening and liberating path of the result, the vajra essence of luminosity.