Compassionate Action

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Overview

Chatral Rinpoche, the quintessential "hidden yogi," has been a legend in the Himalayan region for the past seventy years. Although he has never traveled to the West, his amazing story and teachings have gradually been infiltrating the Western Buddhist consciousness since Father Thomas Merton first met him in 1968 and famously remarked that he was "the greatest man I ever met." This is the first English-language book of this living legend; it includes his biography and autobiography, six of his essays, five prayers he composed, an exclusive interview, and sixteen pages of photos from throughout his life.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche . . . is renowned throughout the Tibetan community, . . . a legendary adept who—like the great sages and hermits of the past—has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples. It is truly wonderful, therefore, that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"This little book is an inspiration of immense value to all serious practitioners of the Buddhadharma."—The Mirror Newspaper, published by the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

"Provides wonderful insight into the diversity of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition."—The Feminist Review

"Compassionate Action is a jewel. Chatral Rinpoche's teachings are clear, compassionate, and uncompromising. Compassionate Action is essential reading for Tibetan Buddhists and indeed for Buddhists of all schools."—Norm Phelps, author of The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights

"Compassionate Action is a 'must-read' for anyone seeking to learn from this quintessential wise and holy man. . . . Highly recommended."—Wisconsin Bookwatch "This book provides a series of inspiring insights into the beliefs of someone who has devoted more than eight decades to the intensive practice of Dharma and who has little time for the many ways in which people fool themselves—while at the same time caring passionately about their development towards an enlightened state."—Thar Lam journal

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Thar Lam This book provides a series of inspiring insights into the beliefs of someone who has devoted more than eight decades to the intensive practice of Dharma and who has little time for the many ways in which people fool themselves - while at the same time caring passionately about their development towards an enlightened state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392716
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,402,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Chatral Rinpoche, a yogi in his 90s, is one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. He is one of the most revered spiritual figures in South Asia.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Editor's Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xvii
Chatral Rinpoche: The Life of a Legend     1
A Reply in Three Syllables     19
Chatral Rinpoche's Steadfast Commitment to Ethics     23
An Interview with Chatral Rinpoche     24
On Meat Eating     31
The Compassionate Activity of Saving Lives     37
"Thangtong Gyalpo's Aspiration Prayer for the Liberation of Fish"     40
The Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Beings     42
A Brief Summary of the Benefits of Building, Circumambulating, Prostrating to, and Making Aspiration Prayers at a Stupa     45
Helping Beings in a Degenerate Age     53
"A Prayer to Avert Nuclear War"     57
Places of Enlightenment: The Sacred Geography of Yolmo and Maratika     61
The Melodious Tambura of Joy     65
Dudjom Rinpoche: A Master-Disciple Relationship Comes Full Circle     71
"The Bestower of the Glorious Fruits of Aspiration"     73
"Prayer to Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche"     76
Advice for Nyingma Practitioners     79
Words of Advice     91
"Prayers for the Long Life of Chatral Rinpoche"     96
Dedication of Merit     100
Appendices     101
Notes     107
Sources     121
Index     123
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    ¿Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche studied under some of the greatest masters of the previous century, and ranks today as the senior-most teacher of the Dzogchen lineage. He is renowned throughout the Tibetan community as a steadfast guardian of the Buddhist tradition and a highly accomplished, legendary adept, who¯like the great sages and hermits of the past¯has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples. ¿It is truly wonderful therefore that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion. Here, in these poetic writings and recorded interviews, Rinpoche imparts his instructions in a forthright and elegant style and reveals his deep commitment to Buddhist ethics, his dedication to non-violence and preserving life, and above all, his total dedication to the authentic teachings of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.¿ --Sogyal Rinpoche, author of 'Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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