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Words of My Perfect Teacher, Revised Edition Paperback – Oct 27 1998


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Rev Sub edition (Oct. 27 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570624127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570624124
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #493,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (1808–1887) 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By taylor caron on Aug. 3 2000
Format: Paperback
this is one of my all-time favorite books in the universe. i recommend it to all of my friends (even though most have read it!) and would love for everyone interested in tibetan buddhism as a real-life practice to own and read this book. and reread it. it starts at the beginning and goes all the way to the end. if i may offer a primer: in tibet there were (are?) four main schools. the oldest of them is called "nyingma," or "old ones." within the nyingma's thousands of sub-lineages by far one of the most widely practiced is that begun by a man named jigmed lingpa. his student's student's student (i believe i have that right) wrote this text as a record of his master's oral instructions on the so-called "preliminary practices" (tib. ngondro). however, as many lamas will tell you, the use of the word "preliminary" must be taken with a grain of salt. these practices embody the essence of the dharma, and the joy of this book is that it helps to bring that truth to light. the translation was done by a committee of tibetan language scholars and lineage-holding masters. so intent were they to provide a true translation, a few years after the first edition they republished it with the adjustments they had developed as the text was being used and studied. and it is precisely this use and study that is the point of this text. what more could you ask for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sekhmet28 on July 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to have received oral commentary on this text from H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche a few years ago. Ever since then, I knew that this text was a jewel just needing to be read!
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Elias on Sept. 23 2007
Format: Paperback
'The Words of My Perfect Teacher' is without doubt the most cherished book I have ever owned and is highly recommended for anyone seriously following the Buddhist path. Referring to a review made earlier, this book definitely does not miss the point. Preserving the sacredness and accuracy of Tibetan texts is a very important issue. This is the reason why the members of the Padmakara Translation Group take great care to consult with highly respected Tibetan lamas and scholars to ensure accuracy in the translation from Tibetan to English and other languages. The point of having a group is so that some of the top Tibetan & Buddhist scholars around the world can collaborate with one another.

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) and about Gods being a lower level than humans and bla bla bla...
i was a former Vajrayana buddhist for 10 years and through intensive long meditation and prayer to know if God is real- God revealed himself to me and it was Jesus Christ. ( im not a church go-er) but i believe in meditation and the path of buddhism is generally correct regarding meditation for sure...but they are dead wrong about "GOD". there is a spoke in the wheel, the axis that turns the Great Wheel and it's Jesus.
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