The Words of My Perfect Teacher: A Complete Translation of a Classic Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

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A favorite of Tibetans and recommended by the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist teachers, this practical guide to inner transformation introduces the fundamental spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The Words of My Perfect Teacher is the classical commentary on the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtin - one of the best-known cycles of teachings and a spiritual treasure of the Nyingmapa school - the oldest Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Patrul Rinpoche makes the technicalities of his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life. His style of mixing broad colloquialisms, stringent irony, and poetry has all the life and atmosphere of an oral teaching. Great care has been taken by the translators to render the precise meaning of the text in English while still reflecting the vigor and insight of the original Tibetan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300165326
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2010
  • Series: Sacred Literature Trust Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 428,029
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Translators' Acknowledgements
Preface to the Second Edition
Translators' Introduction
A brief historical introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
Pt. 1 The Ordinary or External Preliminaries
Ch. 1 The difficulty of finding the freedoms and advantages
Ch. 2 The impermanence of life
Ch. 3 The defects of samsara
Ch. 4 Actions: the principle of cause and effect
Ch. 5 The benefits of liberation
Ch. 6 How to follow a spiritual friend
Pt. 2 The Extraordinary or Internal Preliminaries
Ch. 1 Taking refuge, foundation stone of all paths
Ch. 2 Arousing bodhicitta, the root of the Great Vehicle
Ch. 3 Meditating and reciting on the teacher as Vajrasattva to cleanse all obscurations
Ch. 4 Offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom
Ch. 5 The kusali's accumulation: destroying the four demons at a single stroke
Ch. 6 Guru Yoga, entrance-way for blessings, the ultimate method for arousing the wisdom of realization
Pt. 3 The Swift Path of Transference
Ch. 1 Transference of consciousness, the instructions for the dying: Buddhahood without meditation
Padmakara Translation Group
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