A direct introduction into the nature of mind
is the first imperative.
Absolute conviction in the practice
is the second imperative.
Implicit confidence in release
is the third imperative.
The first version of this translation of the Three Incisive Precepts was done in 1981 and published in the Diamond Sow series in Kathmandu. Various revisions since then have incorporated minor changes. My rendering of rig pa herein, for example, is "total presence". Keith Dowman, translator