Guru Rinpoche, His Life and Times by Ngawang Zangpo
An Important introduction to Guru Rinpoche in the contemporary times and translation of Prayer in 7 chapters
This is an important volume of work. Now, just because I said “work” i personally do not feel that it is overly scholarly or in anyway unapproachable. Whenever important books like this, written, compiled, with translations added to, somehow we gain a number of people without Guru Rinpoche as primary interest writing nearly discouraging reviews all about scholarship of the volume. Why? Because it is clear to most that this is a well researched and very well put together book.
Yet, skipping the point of the beautiful hardcover, later issued with amazing dust jacket and going to the actual subject. If you happen to be somewhat familiar with the towering figure of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava also often called The second Buddha. It is an easy and informative read.
With the subject front and center, this one of the important books on the Guru Rinpoche because it includes very well made translations of what is known as the Prayer in seven chapters or the Seven Chapters of Supplications all with brief notes on origin and discovery. Followed directly by the translation of unique to the Tibetan Buddhism type of text where it is explained how to meditate on these. That instruction comes from the lineage of non sectarian King-like scholar Jamgon Kongtrul the great.
All of the texts above are meant to be short and to the point, very easy reading.
An idea of interest and degree of familiarity with Guru Rinpoche would help and where to get that but not from several inspirational sections presiding the translations. All are worth a read for the landscape covered in these just over 100 pages covers India, Tibet and flow of timeless Buddha wisdom, all towards us here, today. Again, it is in my opinion, although is based on scholarship, however is an easy read that is also informative.