Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche

Overview

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being forced into exile from his native land by the Communist Chinese. Already a revered master of the teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist schools, he would eventually become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism's most notable scholars. This is the inspiring and unlikely biography of a modern buddha.

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Overview

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being forced into exile from his native land by the Communist Chinese. Already a revered master of the teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist schools, he would eventually become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism's most notable scholars. This is the inspiring and unlikely biography of a modern buddha.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861713967
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 2.09 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Jackson received his doctorate in 1985 from the University of Washington and studied and translated for many years in Seattle for the polymath Tibetan scholar Dezhung Rinpoche. Until 2007, he was a professor of Tibetan Studies at Hamburg University in Germany and is now a curator for Rubin Museum of Art, New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Tibetan art, literature, and history, including A Saint in Seattle, Tibetan Thangka Painting, The Mollas of Mustang, and Enlightenment by a Single Means. He lives in Washington State.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
List of Illustrations xix
List of Maps xxxi
Part I Life in the Old World: 1906-1960
1 First Years at Tharlam 3
2 Early Studies under Gaton Ngawang Lekpa 14
3 First Scholastic Studies under Shenga Rinpoche at Jyekundo 25
4 Initial Recognition as a Trulku 34
5 Journey to Derge and First Studies of Sanskrit 45
6 Studies under Jamgyal Rinpoche and Khunu Lama 54
7 Travel to Horkhok and Lithang Dezhung 72
8 The Two Previous Dezhung Trulku Incarnations 84
9 Final Studies in Derge 91
10 Further Studies under Gaton at Tharlam and Enthronement as Gaton's Successor 99
11 Second Visit to Dezhung and the Death of Gaton 113
12 Four Years in Minyak 124
13 Pilgrimage to Sakya and the Holy Sites of Milarepa 139
14 Great Offerings at Sakya and Ngor 153
15 Sojourn at Sakya and Travel to Serdokchen and Lhasa 163
16 Return to Kham, Teaching among the Nomads, and a Visit from the Sakya Dagchen and Dagmo 181
17 A Second Visit to Minyak 200
18 The Activities of Khenpo Kangshar and the Death of Surmang Rolpay Dorje 210
19 Flight from Kham to Central Tibet 218
20 Flight from Lhasa to Bhutan and India 228
21 The First Year of Exile in India 239
Part II Life and Travels in Exile: 1960-1987
22 Arrival and First Months in America 249
23 Collaborators and Friends at the University of Washington 260
24 Misunderstandings at the University 273
25 Further Instruction of Gene Smith 281
26 Adapting to a Long-Term Stay 295
27 Buddhist Students and Scholars in Seattle in the Late Sixties 307
28 Final Years at the University 318
29 Beginnings of a Public Buddhist Teaching Career in North America 329
30 Founding a Buddhist Center in Seattle 339
31 Teaching Activities in Seattle and Canada and the First Dharma Center House 350
32 Visit to New York as Translation Collaborator 358
33 The Second Year in New York 364
34 Travels and Teachings on the West Coast 376
35 A Second Visit to New York 387
36 Establishment of the Cambridge Center and Further Teachings 398
37 Return to India and the Beginning of the Tharlam Temple in Nepal 405
38 The Journey to Southeast Asia 417
39 Return to North America and a Visit to Taiwan 427
40 Final Visits to the East and West Coasts 443
41 The Second Journey to Nepal 461
42 His Final Year 471
43 Epilogue 481
Appendixes
A Dezhung Rinpoche on Buddhism without Sectarianism 485
B Previous Attempts and Main Biographical Sources 494
C A Brief Autobiography of Dezhung Rinpoche 502
D Dezhung Rinpoche's Influence on Non-Tibetan Scholars 504
E Dezhung Rinpoche's Ancestry 518
F Gakhok, Dezhung Rinpoche's Place of Birth: Historical Notes 522
G Dezhung Rinpoche's Daily Schedule of Meditation 537
H Invitations to Teach the Path with Its Fruit 539
I The Life of Kalu Rinpoche 541
J The Writings of Dezhung Rinpoche 547
Abbreviations 575
List of Interviews 576
Notes 578
Table of Tibetan Words and Names 691
Bibliography 721
Index of Names 739
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