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Source: Academia: The " Twenty or Eighteen " Texts of the Mind Series

bde ba 'phra bkod (བདེ་བ་འཕྲ་བཀོད) (or “the inlaid jewels of bliss”) refers to one of the “Eighteen Texts of the Mind Series” (Tibetan: sems sde bco rgyad)— the earliest known corpus of Dzogchen literature (also: “great perfection” or Atiyoga) in Nyingma Buddhism.—The many lists of the Eighteen Texts that emerged between the 9th and the 14th century differ in their contents, there is no canonical collection of texts within the rNying ma tradition that includes all of the eighteen texts.

The following sources mention the text “The Inlaid Jewels of Bliss”: (1) As [bde ba 'phra bkod]—Mentioned in the 9th century text “The Lamp for the Eye in Meditation” (Tibetan: bSam gtan mig sgron), a treatise written by the Tibetan scholar gNubs chen Sangs rgyas ye she. (2) As [bde ba 'phra bkod; or: bde ba phra bkod kyi lung].—Mentioned in the 12th century “The Copper Continent” compiled by the Tibetan scholar Nyang ral Nyi ma 'od zer. (3) As [bde ba 'phra bkod].—Mentioned in the 13th century “Mask of Bai ro tsa na” [bairo'i 'dra 'bag chen mo], which is included as the last volume (in fact as the last text) in the anomalous collection of bairo'i rgyud 'bum. (4) As [bde ba 'phra bkod].—Mentioned in the 14th century “Treasury of Spiritual and Philosophical Systems” (grub mtha' mdzod) by Tibetan scholar Klong chen pa.

Source: SOAS: A critical study of the thirteen later translations of the Dzogchen mind series

bde ba 'phra bkod (བདེ་བ་འཕྲ་བཀོད) refers to one of the “Eighteen Major Scriptures” of the Mind Series (Semde) according to the [rig 'dzin tshe dbang nor bu] edition of the Nyingma Gyubum [rNying ma'i rgyud 'bum]—a collection of Vajrayana texts reflecting the teachings of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.—The [rig 'dzin] is believed to have been produced in the late 18th century by followers of the lineage of Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu, in the border regions of southern Tibet and Nepal. The Eighteen Texts in this edition are, [e.g., bde ba 'phra bkod].

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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