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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (Jan. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590307631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590307632
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark 64 on Jan. 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
A very good and inspiring account of the life of Dilgo Khyentse. It invokes a sense of what it takes to become a real Spiritual Master. I will re-read this book a number of times.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good addition June 5 2009
By John - Published on
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This is, as said before, half autobiography and half anecdotes from family, students, etc.

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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A welcome addition to Buddhist studies shelves strong in biographies of spiritual leaders Dec 8 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant Moon: The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse is a compilation of anecdotes, stories, and recollections from the friends, family, and students of Buddhist meditation master and scholar Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Half of Brilliant Moon consists of Dilgo Khyentse's early life story told in his own words; the other half draws testimony from his wife, grandson, and spiritual heir, as well as such notable figures as the Queen Mother of Bhutan and many more. Enhanced with a handful of black-and-white photographs, extensive notes, a glossary, and a bibliography, Brilliant Moon is a welcome addition to Buddhist studies shelves strong in biographies of spiritual leaders.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another World.... Sept. 13 2010
By applewood - Published on
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Wonderfully rich in detail - of the ways of early 20th century Tibetan aristocratic life, of the abundant teachers and teachings that came his way (apparently effortlessly) - Khyentse Rinpoche's autobiography and supplemental anecdotes of those who knew him best is really beyond my comprehension.

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.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An enlightned poet Dec 5 2009
By M. H. Pandji - Published on
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A Brilliant Moon - is a beautiful book with a rare glimpse into the mind of an enlightened being through his words and poetry. One gets a taste of what Dilgo Khyentse was like through reading this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dilgo Khyentse had a boundless Heart Nov. 30 2012
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An excellent book about the great Dilgo Khentse. Many of his closest students share their experiences with him as well as his profound realizations and teachings. I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you want to get a glimpse of a man that manifested absolute bodhichitta, you'll find it here.