From the Heart of Tibet: The Biography of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, the Holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage [NOOK Book]

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"The story of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche’s life," notes the Dalai Lama, "encompasses a remarkably broad range of Tibetan experience over the past fifty years." This is the story of a young boy, born in 1946 to inherit the role of high-ranking lama. When the Chinese army invaded, his family escaped the country, but he and the other monks in his monastery were rounded up by soldiers and sent to an indoctrination school.


After surviving almost two decades of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, during which time ...

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Overview

"The story of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche’s life," notes the Dalai Lama, "encompasses a remarkably broad range of Tibetan experience over the past fifty years." This is the story of a young boy, born in 1946 to inherit the role of high-ranking lama. When the Chinese army invaded, his family escaped the country, but he and the other monks in his monastery were rounded up by soldiers and sent to an indoctrination school.


After surviving almost two decades of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, during which time lamas and aristocrats were persecuted and jailed, Chetsang Rinpoche walked out of Tibet alone and found his way to Kathmandu, Nepal. Eventually, after living as a refugee and an immigrant, he fully took on leadership of the Drikung lineage by founding the Drikung Kagyu Institute in India. Since then the teachings of this lineage have spread around the world after nearly being lost.

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 “Gruber skillfully narrates this story of survival and triumph over tragedy without embellishment or sensationalism.”—Buddhadharma

“Chetsang Rinpoche is one of the highest incarnate lamas, the head of a tradition. But he also experienced the life of an ordinary American. This is unlike any other biography—one sees how a neighborhood boy can become a great spiritual master.”—Gelek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death

“This is a fascinating, terrifying, moving, and exalting account of a truly great being’s success in rising above adversity and making an outstanding contribution to a part of humanity under extreme pressure. I warmly recommend it to anyone who might like to discover a magnificent chest of treasures.”—Professor Robert Thurman, author, with the Dalai Lama, of Infinite Life

“This life story of an extraordinary Buddhist spiritual teacher and intellectual is thoroughly fascinating. This is a must-read for Buddhist scholars and practitioners.”—E. Gene Smith, co-founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822290
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Elmar R. Gruber, PhD, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1955. He is a psychologist, an independent scholar and freelance popular-science writer, as well as a scientific advisor for radio and television in Europe. He is the author of twenty books that have been published in fifteen languages throughout the world. A longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, he is a student of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama vii

Foreword by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa ix

Foreword by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche xi

Prologue 1

1 In Search of the Precious Jewel 5

2 Family and Childhood in Lhasa 13

3 On the Throne in Drikung: The Brilliance of a World in Decline 25

4 Tutors and Storytellers: Early Years in the Monastery 46

5 Inside the Mandala 61

6 Tibet at the Abyss: Rebellion and Oppression 77

7 In the Grip of the Chinese: Humiliation and Indoctrination 88

8 School Years under the Red Banner 99

9 Theater of Cruelty: The Cultural Revolution in Lhasa 117

10 The Death of Sanity: Red Guards, Rebels, and Reactionaries 129

11 On the Run, Alone 151

12 The Burden of Freedom 164

13 Spiritual Genealogy: The Throne Holders of Drikung 183

14 A Noble Being's Promise 200

15 Absorption and Withdrawal: Dreams, Studies, and Retreats 210

16 Concentration and Development: Realizing the Visions 226

17 Master of Dependent Arising 243

18 The Music of Awakening 273

Acknowledgments 283

Appendix: The Throne Holders of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism 287

Notes 291

Bibliography 303

Photography Credits 309

Index of Names and Places 311

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Best book ever

    Highly recomended!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2010

    A captivating biography and a profound cultural study

    This book is a wonderful and moving portrayal of a tremendously inspiring life, the life of a high incarnate lama, Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of the Drikung lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is by no means a biased account of the type of a hagiography of a revered lama, as is often the case with such biographies. On the contrary, Gruber's book incorporates not only careful historical research but also many descriptions of first-hand witnesses. He thus succeeds in unfolding a colorful and broad range of the life circumstances and the personality of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche. Moreover the author includes a lot of very useful background information about the Drikung Kagyu lineage and Tibetan Buddhism in general without burdening the text. Gruber's work is exhaustive, yet clear and a very enjoyable read. I find this book an excellent example of combining meticulous research with a sensitive writing style. "From the Heart of Tibet" is a captivating biography and a profound cultural study at the same time. I believe this work could become a classic of modern Buddhist biographical literature.

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