Guru Rinpoche: His Lives and Times (Tsadra Foundation Series)

Guru Rinpoche: His Lives and Times (Tsadra Foundation Series)

by Ngawang Zangpo, Ngawang
     
 

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This book recounts Guru Rinpoche's historical visit to Tibet and explains his continuing significance to Buddhists. Three different accounts are presented: one Buddhist; one according to the pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion, Bon; and one based on Indian and early Tibetan historical documents.See more details below

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This book recounts Guru Rinpoche's historical visit to Tibet and explains his continuing significance to Buddhists. Three different accounts are presented: one Buddhist; one according to the pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion, Bon; and one based on Indian and early Tibetan historical documents.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The presence of Guru Rinpoche, a figure so important to Tibetan Buddhists he is called simply 'The Precious Master,' can be felt still in each of these liberating stories translated here. Read side-by-side, they reveal an even wider picture, deftly highlighted by Ngawang Zangpo's introduction of how history and culture interact with the inner spirituality that is beyond time and place."—Sarah Harding, author of Creation and Completion

"With a thought-provoking introduction and stimulating cultural, religious, and literary insights, . . . this new work will certainly be enjoyed by everyone interested in the vast spiritual legacy of the 'Second Buddha' in Tibet."—Cyrus Stearns

Library Journal
A selection of translations and commentary by Zangpo (the Tibetan name of Hugh Leslie Thompson), the translator of other key Buddhist texts, this book attempts to afford Westerners some glimpse of the importance of Guru Rinpoch to Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Guru Rinpoche is revered by many as a Buddha and is credited with bringing from India the form of Buddhism that flourished and became Tibetan Buddhism as it is known today. The core of the book is a translation of four separate historical works dealing with the life of Guru Rinpoche. Zangpo outlines the historical context in which Guru Rinpoche's Buddhism was functioning and prepares the Western reader for the nature of the writings, which move freely between the concrete and the fantastic. The book also offers translations of supplications, a series of visualizations, and useful appendixes. Readers expecting a straightforward biography will be puzzled by the various texts, but the book will find an enthusiastic audience in those with some background and a demonstrated interest in Tibetan Buddhism. An important contribution to the understanding of a central figure, this volume is recommended primarily for academic libraries supporting the study of religion and Asian studies and for larger public libraries.-Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559391740
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Tsadra Foundation Series
Pages:
362
Sales rank:
490,529
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.27(d)

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From the Publisher
"The presence of Guru Rinpoche, a figure so important to Tibetan Buddhists he is called simply 'The Precious Master,' can be felt still in each of these liberating stories translated here. Read side-by-side, they reveal an even wider picture, deftly highlighted by Ngawang Zangpo's introduction of how history and culture interact with the inner spirituality that is beyond time and place."—Sarah Harding, author of Creation and Completion

"With a thought-provoking introduction and stimulating cultural, religious, and literary insights, . . . this new work will certainly be enjoyed by everyone interested in the vast spiritual legacy of the 'Second Buddha' in Tibet."—Cyrus Stearns

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