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As It Is, Volume I: Essential Teachings from the Dzogchen Perspective [Paperback]

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche , Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche , Erik Pema Kunsang


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June 29 2004
The teachings presented in As It Is, Volume I are primarily selected from talks given by the Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in 1994 and 1995, during the last two years of his life. The unambiguous Buddhist perception of reality is transmitted in profound, simple language by one of the foremost masters in the Tibetan tradition. Dzogchen is to take the final result, the state of enlightenment itself, as path. This is the style of simply picking the ripened fruit or the fully bloomedflowers. Tulku Urgyen's way of communicating this wisdom was to awaken the individual to their potential and reveal the methods to acknowledge and stabilize that prospective. His distinctive teaching style was widely known for its unique directness in introducing students to the nature of mind in a way that allowed immediate experience. This book offers the direct oral instructions of a master who inspired admiration, delight in practice, and deep trust and confidence in the Buddhist way.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications (June 29 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9627341355
  • ISBN-13: 978-9627341352
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s direct oral instructions inspired admiration, delight in practice, and deep trust and confidence in the teachings among those who met him. His words always helped their minds, in the sense that applying even some of his advice reduced disturbing emotions and naturally allowed compassion, love and insight to blossom."- Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Introductory Teachings

About the Author

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920-1996) was one of the outstanding Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation. Forced into exile by the Communist invasion of Tibet, he came to settle in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Though spending over 25 years in retreat, he not only taught extensively, but also founded numerous monasteries and retreat centers the world over. He is the author of such popular books as Rainbow Painting and As It Is Vols. I & II.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth 4.5 stars--a few words with lots of impact Dec 23 2004
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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In the same vein as his Rainbow Painting: A Collection of Miscellaneous Aspects of Development and Completion, Tulku Urgyen writes in a simple, straight-forward, easy-to-understand style. More importantly, he explains the purpose of several Tibetan Buddhist (Vajrayana) techniques which are otherwise alien to a Western mind. The many deities map onto Jungian Archetypes for example. Furthermore, he meticulously describes the technique of Dzogchen Trekcho and relates it to both the development and completion stage practices of Vajrayana. He also speaks to Yidam practice and one vs. a multiplicity of Yidams or deities. Thus, he eliminates many of the obstacles to Western understanding of Tibetan beliefs and practices. This book is well worth reading for students and practitioners of Dzogchen, Mahamudra (referenced a number of times herein), and Vajrayana. I look forward to reading As It Is, Vol. 2.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best... Sept. 21 2009
By Am et Stef - Published on Amazon.com
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...book on Dzogchen and Mahamudra that I know of. Tulku Urgyen is the man! If you don't get the message after this book, buy Vol.2! These books are full of blessing, they will never let you down! If you are in a hurry to reach the highest hights, this is your manual.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you know Buddhism already, then you'll find this to be a great book. If not, well... Dec 14 2012
By Anthony M. Faaborg - Published on Amazon.com
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Bottom Line: If you know the terms and tenets of Buddhism already, this book will be an excellent in-depth treatment of the philosophy. If you don't know the terms and tenets already, this book will be a very difficult read.

NOTE: This review is NOT meant to start a philosophical argument. This review is simply about the book, and the contents of the book from a reader's (as opposed to a practitioner's) perspective.

I do not closely follow Buddhist teachings; I knew a little bit about Buddhist philosophy, and I picked this book because I wanted to know more. As I started reading the book, I felt like I was entering a lecture hall where a famous and knowledgeable person was speaking eloquently on a subject he knew well, but that I didn't know anything about. At all. I am quite well-read, and I have a great vocabulary, but I found out rather quickly that my experiences thus far did not prepare me for the words and concepts I encountered in this in-depth treatment of one school of Buddhism, as practiced by one of the acknowledged masters of the philosophy.

HOWEVER, I'm also stubborn by nature, so I regarded this as an opportunity to learn and to grow. After reading the book through once, I noted some connections and descriptions later in the book that helped me understand certain terms early in the book. SO, re-reading the book, and visiting Wikipedia a few times, has helped me illuminate what the author was saying in such a matter-of-fact way.

On that note, one distinct positive aspect of the book is how kindly and lovingly the author and the translators treat the material. It is manifestly obvious this book was created out of an intense desire to share Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's unique, rich, lived experiences with Buddhist thought and the Buddhist way of life. Even to a non-practitioner such as I, this effort was a smashing success.

Overall, the book was a growth opportunity for me, and I'm glad for that. I do not know whether I'll buy Volume 2; I may re-read Volume 1 (again). I would suggest the potential reader consider whether he or she already DEEPLY understands terms like "Samsara," "Karma," "Nirvana," and the deeper tenets of Buddhism; you will encounter all of that stuff in this book, and it is treated as if you already know something about them. If you believe you might want to study up on those things first, I would recommend a Buddhism primer (which is NOT this book), or some online study first; then open this book, and prepare for a beautiful explication of what you have only started to learn.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As It Is Vol. 1 Oct. 8 2009
By no1eliz - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear precise teachings by a master written in clear precise English. This builds a strong foundation in the Dzogchen teachings of Buddhism. I highly recommend this master piece.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like It As It Is Aug. 26 2009
By Barbara K - Published on Amazon.com
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An essential text for anyone studying and practicing dzogchen. Clear, to the point, pithy and beautifully flowingly written. One of my bedsie, chairside books.

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