The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Sacred Literature Series) / Edition 2

The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Sacred Literature Series) / Edition 2

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by Patrul Rinpoche
     
 

ISBN-10: 1570624127

ISBN-13: 9781570624124

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

A favorite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The Words of My Perfect Teacher is a practical guide to the spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa school. Patrul Rinpoche makes his subject

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A favorite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The Words of My Perfect Teacher is a practical guide to the spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa school. Patrul Rinpoche makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life, giving the text all the life and atmosphere of a compelling oral teaching.

This second, revised edition (of the book originally published by HarperSanFrancisco in 1994) is the result of a detailed and painstaking comparison of the original Tibetan text with the English translation by the Padmakara Translation Group. The new edition also includes translations of a postface to the text written a century ago for the first printed Tibetan edition by the first Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a new preface by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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ISBN-13:
9781570624124
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Sacred Literature Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
457
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

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

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