A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher

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This guide provides readers with essential background information for studying and practicing with Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher— the text that has, for more than a century, served as the reliable sourcebook to the spiritual practices common to all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. By offering chapter-by-chapter commentary on this renowned work, Khenpo Pelzang provides a fresh perspective on the role of the teacher; the stages of the path; the view of the Three Jewels; Madhyamika, the basis ...

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Overview

This guide provides readers with essential background information for studying and practicing with Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher— the text that has, for more than a century, served as the reliable sourcebook to the spiritual practices common to all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. By offering chapter-by-chapter commentary on this renowned work, Khenpo Pelzang provides a fresh perspective on the role of the teacher; the stages of the path; the view of the Three Jewels; Madhyamika, the basis of transcendent wisdom; and much more.

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"Anyone with a true interest in the teachings of Buddha, and especially the practice of Dzogchen, will treasure Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher as a simply indispensable source of teachings on all practices, whether preliminaries or main. How wonderful now to have this guide, a priceless treasure of explanation, clarification, and practical advice from the heart of the great oral lineage of the Great Perfection, handed down by Patrul Rinpoche himself and recorded by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, one of the most influential Dzogchen masters of recent times."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"The definitive guide to Patrul Rinpoche's classic is now available in English, allowing English-speaking practitioners to deepen their study and understanding of this indispensable collection. This remarkable volume is an important step in the ongoing transmission of buddhadharma to the West."—Khandro Rinpoche, author of This Precious Life

"A brilliant and beautifully tapestried companion to a timeless Tibetan classic. Essential for all who aspire to develop selfless compassion and to follow the path to realization in this life."—Reginald A. Ray, author of Secret of the Vajra World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300732
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/22/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 499,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang (1879–1941) was a major teacher and abbot in the Nyingma Lineage of Buddhism in Tibet. He studied for years with a close disciple of Patrul Rinpoche, from whom he received direct instructions on how to study and practice with The Words of My Perfect Teacher.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
A guide to The words of my perfect teacher : introduction 3
Pt. 1 The ordinary or outer preliminaries 13
Ch. 1 The difficulty of finding the freedoms and advantages 17
Ch. 2 The impermanence of life 55
Ch. 3 The defects of Samsara 62
Ch. 4 Actions : the principle of cause and effect 67
Ch. 5 The benefits of liberation 83
Ch. 6 How to follow a spiritual friend 87
Pt. 2 The extraordinary or inner preliminaries 91
Ch. 1 Taking refuge, the foundation stone of all paths 93
Ch. 2 Arousing Bodhichitta, the root of the great vehicle 133
Ch. 3 Meditating on the teacher as Vajrasattva and reciting his mantra so as to cleanse all adverse circumstances, negative actions, and obscurations 221
Ch. 4 Offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom 233
Ch. 5 The Kusali's accumulation : destroying the four demons at a single stroke 244
Ch. 6 The profound guru yoga, the ultimate method for arousing the wisdom of realization in one's mind 253
Pt. 3 The swift path of transference 281
The three worlds 327
The five Bodhisattva paths and the thirty-seven elements leading to enlightenment 329
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