amazon review for: The Yeshe Lama by Keith Dowman (author, translator)

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The Yeshe Lama: Jigme Lingpa’s Dzogchen Atiyoga Manual.
A Radical Dzogchen Translation by Keith Dowman

amazon review:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R30TVCF2BB0JRT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

May this book be of liberating benefit to all,

Here is the actual review, unlike most reviews that I publish, this one is less about the book and more about everything else….

There should be an an understanding that spiritual path of an individual is their own business to an inconceivable extent. Thus if one were to locate a book such as this, it be pretty important to align your practice in a way so that you benefit from it. And only the person them self can possibly know how to do it. So, if a person connects with these “top most” teachings with appropriate degree of seriousness, they will know what to do how to handle these.

After all this is that spiritual path we are talking about here, the one and same that millions of people do not see any value to at all, let alone Buddhist, or Dzogchen teachings… So, yes it is most interesting to try and wrap your mind around the idea that century after century there seemingly persists a large number of people that do get the teachings, do attempt some manner of meditation and still seem to follow into the direction of the “butter bag” – a traditional tibetan idea based on the fact that butter was stored in a leather bag. That bag would become so hard from all the contact with the butter, so it would not be ever softened ever again by application of any more butter… The highest risk that people coming in contact with Dzogchen and liberating Vajrayana teachings is not using these to liberate.

Then there is a storm wave of voices about accurate, bad, good whatever translation that this one is or not. Well when your 40 years of study and contemplation result in your translation of a Yeshe Lama, then it will be possible to compare. Until then, we got this.

And yes in the west and in US we do not have a strong Buddhist tradition at all, it all is very new and very much uncertain. So, one hears people very actively attempting to discourage others in taking their path seriously.

May this review and most of all the book about which I managed to talk very little, be of liberating benefit to all!

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The Sole Panacea by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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The Sole Panacea: A Brief Commentary on the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Cures the Suffering of the Sickness of Karma and Defilement
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

amazon review:
http://www.amazon.com/review/RSSU73F6MTR6J/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

The Experience

-This is not a book – book offering explanations, deeper meaning so on, so forth.
As it is quoted from the Diamond Sutra on the Page 31:

“…Those that see me as form,
Those that know me as sound,
Are on the wrong path.
They cannot see me.
Buddhas see the pure nature of the phenomena.
All Buddhas are Dharmakaya.
Dharmata is not knowledge.
It is impossible to understand it..”

This book does lay out in front of the reader the experience.

amazon review: Buddhahood Without Meditation by Dudjom Lingpa

Buddhahood Without Meditation, A Visionary Account Known as Refining Apparent Phenomenon (Nang-jang)
by Dudjom Lingpa

amazon review:
 http://www.amazon.com/review/R2P65AXW1E4LRQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

 Buddhahood Without meditation (Nang-jang) 

The full title of the text is Buddhahood Without Meditation: Advice for Making Fully Evident One’s True Face – Natural Great Perfection. Revised Edition by Dudjom Lingpa

Buddhahood Without Meditation, widely known by its subtitle, Nang-jang (Refining Apparent Phenomena), presents the view of the Great Perfection through the approach known as trekchö (cutting through solidity). This second, revised edition is the result of a thorough reexamination of the original English translation done in an effort to clarify the terminology and meaning of Dudjom Lingpa’s text for Western students of the Great Perfection. The glossary as been revised accordingly and expanded to incorporate new terms. It also includes the Tibetan text as edited by H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche, as well has his Structural Analysis and Outline.

“The Nangjang was prepared as an inexhaustible treasure trove of the gift of the Buddha’s teachings, the relics of the dharmakaya.” –H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche [from publisher’s website at: http://www.padmapublishing.com/BOOKS/nangjang.htm]

” THIS TEXT BELONGS to the category of atiyoga, the highest of the nine vehicles that constitute the Buddhist path. Moreover, it is from the short lineage of Dudjom Lingpa, a direct transmission of the Great perfection approach so powerful that even hearing it read aloud ensures that the listener will eventually escape the suffering of samsara.
It should be remembered, however, that to benefit fully from the Nang-jang, one must receive empowerment, oral transmission, and a teachings from a qualified Dzogchen master.” Page V.

About this blog, yahoo names, worthwhile books…

Link to the Amazon.com review. Here is a scan of the cover of the book from my library. I remember finding it in the 2nd hand bookstore in which I worked. I had mixed feelings, because I was not really familiar with it’s author yet and looking at that cover I saw an excellent picture of Zangdok Pelry in same time table of contents provided for very broad range (really broad) of subjects covered, arguably too broad for a book to cover and not become one of most famous books on Nyingma practice published in 1995. I was never disappointed reading it when I brought it home. It is a very good book, by a very good author that I have developed trust towards. It is just very curious to think abut this kinds of things and clearly see (hopefully) how it had nothing to do with the book or the author, but rather with my own obscurations, due to which I had slight confusion arise, even as I was looking at representation of Pure Land of Guru Rinpoche (which was the reason I bought the book anyway, I said to myself: “I got to have book with such a cover no mater what I feel at the moment”)

There exists a very great commentary on heart practice of all Nyingmapas, the Vajra Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambhava. It is written by most important scholar of recent times Lama Mipham Namgyal Rinpoche (1846-1912). Title of the commentary is Pema Karpo (White Lotus) Tulku Thondup Rinpoche summarizes this work in 11th chapter of the book.

I was not able to register shorter names that came to mind like “omahhum” with yahoo, they are all taken already, however I was happy to register gurupemasiddhihum, which is no other then concise supplication for blessings to the Guru.

Here are quotations:
Page 171:
“Master (GURU) Padmasambhava (PEMA), please bestow (HUM) attainments (SIDDHI) [upon us].”

Page 173:
“GURU means master or spiritual guide, one who is prosperous with excellent qualities; to whom no one is superior…
PADMA is the first part of Guru Rinpoche’s name.
SIDDHI is what we want to accomplish – the common and uncommon attainments.
HUM means the supplication to bestow the siddhis (attainments).
So, O Guru Padma, bestow the siddhi.”

Thus, URL of this personal page in which I plan to collect things and sometimes, as time allows post pictures is:

EDIT:

http://360.yahoo.com/gurupemasiddhihum – old URL for this blog, https://gurupemasiddhihum.wordpress.com – new URL for this blog.
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