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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    Deconstruct Concepts That Perpetuate Suffering, Sing Joyful Songs of Realization and Give to Others Through Prayers of Aspiration

    The Buddha taught that the two main sufferings of humans are busyness and poverty (or poverty mentality). I have often heard spiritual practitioners say that they do not have time to practice. And I have often experienced feeling that I lack the resources to help relieve others of their suffering. Stars of Wisdom brilliantly addresses these delusions. Described in this book is the practice of analytical meditation, a profound inquiry for deconstructing concepts of self and the phenomenal world. Included in these concepts are archaic notions of spiritual practice and practitioner, which may lead one to believe there is no time to practice or nothing to give to others.

    Stars of Wisdom poetically elucidates that spiritual practice is not confined to a cushion or retreat setting. The three techniques contained within are useful anywhere, at any time. A prayer of aspiration can be made while watching the news. A song of yogic joy can be sung in the shower. Analytical meditation can be used to deconstruct concepts while on a train to work. In this way, "mundane" experiences become the spiritual path.

    Stars of Wisdom is a true gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010


    Among the many different presentations of the Buddhist tradition that are available today, the teachings of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso are unique. A consummate scholar, Khenpo Rinpoche is known for having achieved high realization through traditional tantric yogic practices. Perhaps for this reason, Khenpo Tsultrim's teachings go straight to the heart of Buddhist philosophy. They offer students a simple, joyful method of Dharma practice that fully engages one's body, speech and mind in every moment.

    For those new to the dharma, this book presents the essence of Buddhism simply and directly. For those with some familiarity with Buddhist philosophy, and who may be confused by the different perspectives, this book shows clearly how all the Buddhist philosophical schools lead to the same ultimate reality. And for advanced practitioners who have already received pointing out instructions from their gurus, this book offers joyful, pithy advice on practice. Khenpo Tsultrim's teachings are artfully translated and introduced by his heart students, Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor. Through their efforts and talents, Stars of Wisdom is a delightful book full of philosophical insights, songs and wisdom.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    Stars of Wisdom: a dharma treasure

    Truly words are inadequate to convey what a treasure Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor, translators and editors of Stars of Wisdom by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, have birthed in this precious book of teachings on analytical meditation, songs of yogic joy, and prayers of aspiration. Stars of Wisdom is a gem on many levels, not the least of which is compiling in one edition the complementary modes of practice that comprise the heart of renoun master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche's instruction. Stars of Wisdom is now and will remain a close companion on the path of awakening.
    Part 1 on analytical meditation looks into the path of reasoning that does not deny the importance of faith. This section also presents the complete and concise stages of the view, through pith instructions on precisely how to gain confidence in luminous emptiness. Part 2 on songs of yogic joy presents singing as Buddhist practice. Two chapters look into specific songs of realization by the great yogi Milarepa. Part 3 on prayers of aspiration provides clear instruction for skillfully making such spontaneous prayers. Two chapters then look at specific aspiration prayers composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. The wonderful introductions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Karmapa help us to appreciate the depth of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso's teaching, which flows from his earlier commentaries on Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti's classic works. To read, study and practice Stars of Wisdom is to understand why His Holiness Karmapa regards Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche as "one of the great guides of our time".

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  • Posted February 27, 2010


    It's wonderful to read Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso's instructions for experiencing difficulties in a different way - with openness and savoir faire, that come from the knowledge discovered for ourselves by contemplating the nature of things. And the teachings on songs and aspiration prayers give ways to experience our heart's compassion and joy. The presentation of the synergy of joyous song, prayer and rigorous intellectual inquiry is unique.

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