Brilliant Moon: The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse Paperback – Jan 12 2010
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"It gives me immense pleasure to know that this authentic account of the life and activities of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, whom I am fortunate to revere among my own precious teachers, has been prepared to remind those who knew him and inform those who did not.”—His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
"He was a great leader, and just like a majestic American Indian chief or a distinguished samurai general, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was never affected by chaotic or difficult circumstances, however tumultuous. He always remained quite still, like a mountain, effortlessly exuding an all-pervasive confidence that evoked confidence in those around him, and an absolute, unshakeable equanimity.”—Dzongsar Khyentse, author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist
About the Author
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. His extraordinary depth of realization enabled him to be, for all who met him, a foundation of loving-kindness, wisdom, and compassion. A dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rime movement, Khyentse Rinpoche was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He tirelessly worked to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. His writings in Tibetan fill twenty-five volumes.
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Much of the book is "Khyentse Rinpoche gave such and such empowerment at such and such time", which to some people would be very boring.
However, within that, there are some very interesting stories. You do get a sense of how the mind of the terton Khyentse works, and also of the devotion that other lamas had towards him, as well as other things- stories about his time in retreat, etc.
All in all, for a person who is willing to sort of go through the seemingly thousands of empowerments that he gave, the book is a good account of one of the recent meditation masters of Tibet.
From the perspective of modern America it is easy to want to dismiss feudal Tibet as a land of wisdom infused magic and mystery, yet still bound by ignorant superstition. I feel this view just shows my ignorance.
This Lama and this glimpse at his life and teachings leaves me overwhelmed.
(ps. For someone specifically interested in H.H. or his practice lineages this would be 5 stars, but for the general Buddhist/spiritual reader probably only 3 stars.)
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