Words of My Perfect Teacher, Revised Edition Paperback – Oct 27 1998
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"For all teachings on all practices, whether preliminaries or main, this text is indispensable."—Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, author of Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones and The Wish Fulfilling Jewel
About the Author
Patrul Rinpoche (18081887) was one of the greatest Tibetan teachers of the nineteenth century. Famous for his precise and direct style, he shunned high monastic office and lived the life of a homeless wanderer, writing his book in a rustic hermitage under an overhanging rock.
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Patrul Rinpoche's personality and heart instructions really come through in this text. It is both poetic yet earthly and never gets preachy at all. The stories, poems, and teachings listed throughout are simply perfect and fit each topic he is discussing. He writes this in regards to listening to your teacher giving instructions:
"Put your hands together palm to palm and listen,
every pore on your body tingling and your eyes wet with tears,
never letting any other thought get in the way." (Pg.11)
Simple, but direct, The Words of My Perfect teacher is a text to study for life.
However, I would not recommend this book as a beginner's introduction to Buddhism. Although it provides an essential overview, the detailed information that it contains is intended for practitioners who are about to begin /are doing / have done the preliminary practice (ngondro) - an advanced meditation practice which provides the foundation of Buddhist practice and a necessary prerequisite for main practice (sadhana / deity practice) and finally for the study and understanding of Dzogchen. However, does this mean that the text should not be made available? If today's most highly respected lamas are highly recommending this text above all others, and if it can be of profound benefit to practitioners, then I would argue that this text deserves to be accessible to the world. I would, however, caution beginners to stick with general introductions to Buddhism (such as 'What the Buddha Taught') and / or to only read the section on 'special preliminaries' when it has been directly recommended by a Tibetan lama, or once they have received direct instruction on the preliminary practices. In this day and age, the responsibility must be with the practitioner to respect the tradition of relying on a teacher in order to understand and respect the authentic study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Will make you realize why Tibbetan Buddhism is nonsense. They get some basic ideas like heaven and hell but it's ridiculous all the claims about Hell and tortures ( all physical)... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lucretia
Considering that it was written by a great Buddhist scholar in the nineteenth century, before Tibet had much contact with the West, this book is delightful, swift, and easy to... Read morePublished on April 12 2010 by Roger Mastrude
I wanted to write quick rebuttal to the reviewer who questions the quality of this translation. I've read both the original Tibetan text (kun bzang bla ma'i zhal lung) and the... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002
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