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White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems Paperback – Apr 10 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Revised ed. edition (April 10 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570627789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570627781
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,410,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An inspiration for anyone interested in the Tibetan expression of the Dharma."—The Middle Way

"A powerful guide and antidote to Nihilist-mind; I'll keep this book close at hand for the rest of my life."—Michael Herr, Tricycle

About the Author

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is a preeminent teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The eldest son of His Holiness Düdjom Rinpoche, he is a primary holder of the Düdjom Tersar lineage and is considered to be an emanation of Longchenpa, the great fourteenth-century Nyingma master.

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By DCC on Sept. 28 2001
Format: Paperback
While I'm not much of an intellectual I do take the study of Tibetan texts pretty seriously. What I especially like about this book is that Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has taken some of the most basic and at the same time most profound teachings of the Vajrayana and made them especially accessible to everyone. He begins the book's preface with a small quotation of Patrul Rinpoche;
"Those who intend to benefit others through holy teachings
Do not use elaborate terms and poetry.
The pure path is shown with the simple words of the laity.
That is the sublime method of the Bodhisattvas."
The book absolutely remains true to these words of advice. It can be picked up and read a bit at a time over days, months or years, as each chapter covers a different topic. It can be read sequentially or randomly and enjoyed. In some ways it reminds me a bit of the classic, "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" in that it is a book to be read again and again at intervals in ones life and I think it will remain fresh with each reading.
On a personal note, my copy lives in a zip-lock bag in my rucksack. I like having it around me to pick up and read a few lines whenever I have a free moment. It is like breathing fresh air and clarity.
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A very profound book, which is exceedingly well written. I was astonished at the superb and erudite use of the English language as well as the amazing explanations. You will not find a better guide to enlightenment. I strongly recommend buying this book.
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Thinley Norbu's heart energy is expressed stainlessly in White Sail.. It is pure, direct essence of DzogChen. Read it every day forever; it will always be fresh.
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HASH(0xa2ba0054) out of 5 stars White Sail Sept. 28 2001
By DCC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While I'm not much of an intellectual I do take the study of Tibetan texts pretty seriously. What I especially like about this book is that Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has taken some of the most basic and at the same time most profound teachings of the Vajrayana and made them especially accessible to everyone. He begins the book's preface with a small quotation of Patrul Rinpoche;
"Those who intend to benefit others through holy teachings
Do not use elaborate terms and poetry.
The pure path is shown with the simple words of the laity.
That is the sublime method of the Bodhisattvas."
The book absolutely remains true to these words of advice. It can be picked up and read a bit at a time over days, months or years, as each chapter covers a different topic. It can be read sequentially or randomly and enjoyed. In some ways it reminds me a bit of the classic, "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" in that it is a book to be read again and again at intervals in ones life and I think it will remain fresh with each reading.
On a personal note, my copy lives in a zip-lock bag in my rucksack. I like having it around me to pick up and read a few lines whenever I have a free moment. It is like breathing fresh air and clarity.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ba00a8) out of 5 stars Complete authoritative guide to enlightenment Sept. 15 2003
By Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very profound book, which is exceedingly well written. I was astonished at the superb and erudite use of the English language as well as the amazing explanations. You will not find a better guide to enlightenment. I strongly recommend buying this book.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ba04e0) out of 5 stars Flowing like an endless river Sept. 28 2000
By Terri A parkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thinley Norbu's heart energy is expressed stainlessly in White Sail.. It is pure, direct essence of DzogChen. Read it every day forever; it will always be fresh.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ba08a0) out of 5 stars Authentic Buddhadharma Oct. 29 2006
By Just call me J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
That Thinley Norbu Rinpoche has an idiosyncratic way of using English, that much will be agreed on by both his admirers and detractors. Some of my close friends (for what it's worth, long-time Buddhist practitioners like myself) find him hard to read, I know. However, in recent years I have come to appreciate especially this book very much.
His "Magic Dance" is delightfully poetic in style but here, in "White Sail," Rinpoche is almost stridently attempting to introduce we Westerners to that point of view which is the authentic Middle Way. Particularly he is steering us away from the extremes of both eternalism and nihilism, the latter most especially. Given that to understand the philosophical position of Buddhism fully one has to be a fully enlightened buddha, then those who aspire to follow the Buddhist path really should not take exception to being schooled in what that is and is not.
Some may stress that Buddhism transcends all points of view. This may be true but there is a path to be followed to attain that transcendence and for that journey a guide is required. Such a guide is Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, who does not fail to communicate the authentic (yes, again I say authentic) Buddhadharma.
Thankyou, Rinpoche, for this inspiring and instructive book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ba0984) out of 5 stars Profound lucidity and bright humor Dec 13 2014
By rama - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucidity,humour,brightness-a brilliant critique of minds lost meanderings and a clearly stated and radical bright alternative-Buddhiism expounded with finesse and courage.As great a presentation of View for western minds as Trungpa Rinpoches-and praise does not come higher.


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