amazon review: Guru Rinpoche, His Life and Times by Ngawang Zangpo

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Guru Rinpoche, His Life and Times by Ngawang Zangpo

amazon.com review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R358S4YIC6SQZY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=155939174X

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.

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amazon review: A Treasure Trove of Blessings and Protection, the Seven Chapter Prayer of the Great Teacher Padmasambhava translated by Mike Dickman

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A Treasure Trove of Blessings and Protection, the Seven Chapter Prayer of the Great Teacher Padmasambhava translated by Mike Dickman

amazon.com review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1TPXMV0XE7N88/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=188727605X

An Important Translation

Culmination of Guru Rinpoche’s speech, the seven chapters of prayers of supplication.

It is said that all of Guru Rinpoche practice instructions, all of Guru Rinpoche life story and all of transmissions of these can be summed up and connected to through these supplications.

These “7 supplications” come with huge traditional place within lives of many followers of Guru Rinpoche. Both historically and currently.

A very important translation that was waiting to happen. Alas this review is 10 years late, but the importance of this project is not diminished by passage of time, rather it has grown, for many people now can get transmissions and teachings on these with the aid of this translation.

Thank you Mike Dickman.

Few Calendar Dates for 2016

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In Western sun cycle related calendar it is 2016,

Also according to the astrological 12 year cycle it is currently Monkey year,

And according to the five element system it is year of fire element.

It is also year 2143 according to sun / moon cycle, counting from the inception of the Tibetan monarchy.

In this year we have several important days and months, here are a few of them.

1st month is called Bumjur Dawa, it is month during which Buddha displayed miraculous activities to encourage faith and so this month is called month of miracles or multiplication month. All things done during this month are thought to carry multiplied power of great value or by 100,000 times. It’s culmination is on the 15th day, the day of full moon.

4th month called Saga Dawa on the 7th day we remember Buddha’s birth and on the 15th day of full moon we remember Buddha’s enlightenment and passing.

All things done during this month are thought to carry multiplied power of great value or by 100,000 times

6th month is the month during which, on 10th day Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava appeared in this world on the wood monkey year 2556(about) years ago in Odiyanna.

1st month: During the 2016 these are the dates for each month.

February 9th – Tuesday. 1st day of 1st month of new 2143 year.

February 17th – Wednesday. 10th day of 1st month. Monthly Guru Rinpoche day.

February 22ns – Monday. 15th day of 1st month. Full moon dasy, Culmination of the month of miracles.

March 4th – Friday. 25th day of 1st month. Monthly Dakini’s day.

4th Month:

May 13th – Friday. 4th month, 7th day, Buddha’s Birth.

May 16th – Monday. 4th month 10th day, Monthly Guru Rinpoche day.

May 21st – Saturday. 4th month 15th day, Full moon day, Culmination of the month on which Buddha displayed birth, passing and enlightenment.

May 31st – Tuesday. 4th month 25th day, Monthly Dakini’s day.

 

6th Month:

August 6th – Saturday. 4th day of 6th month. Is called ChoKhor Deutchen, day on which Buddha gave 1st Dharma discourse.

August 13th – Saturday. 10th day of the 6th month. Is the month and day when 2556(about) years ago in the year of wood monkey Guru Rinpoche appeared in this world.

August 18th – Thursday. 15th day of 6th month. Full moon day.

August 27th – Saturday. 25th day of 6th month. Monthly Dakini’s day.

amazon review: The Lion’s Roar: An Introduction to Tantra by Chogyam Trungpa

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The Lion’s Roar:

An Introduction to Tantra by Chogyam Trungpa

Amazon.com review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/RUFR5835DDCQC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1570628955

Nine Yana (path) system of classification of Buddhist Teachings

Within Buddhism of Tibet we encounter a whole range of complete transmissions of Buddhist teachings, a complete set “from top to bottom”. That very “set” is so complete that various parts if compared can be thought to be in conflict!

Actually there was and still is a persistent discussion on how one could integrate these so called paths into one’s understanding and practice. The So called Hinayana, Mahayana and the Vajrayana, all have to work in that short moment you call life and all too often that even sorter moment we call application of Buddhist teachings, practice.

In this book this very traditional to Nyinma and Kagyu framework is explained one by one and in relation to one another, with a brilliant  paragraph titled: “The Crazy Wisdom Holder and the Student”, it places student – teacher connection on the path.

The book is based on the two teaching seminars and includes live question answer that are quite unfailingly good.

Cover is of a painting by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava encountered in a vision.

amazon review: Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa

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Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa

amazon.com review

http://www.amazon.com/review/RWFH1IVIWXKNM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1570628947

8 Emanations of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava

Is there a choice, crazy wisdom or not crazy, is wisdom always crazy? Why is this book that contains two, both a week long, seminar transcripts is called thus?

Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa in that life has affected change to the Buddhist landscape of North America more then any other master, even up to now well into the twenty first century.

To summarize topic covered in the original lectures and this book. It is an explanation of what is known as eight emanation of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava and the representation of one known as Dorje Drolo is actually on the cover. And Guru Rinpoche is credited to be the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

The book covers a life story of Guru Rinpoche through these emanations, activities and names he was known by.

And possibly Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, just so “fresh-off-the-boat” (two years into his American experience) contemplating the undertaking, of what teacher has to do to lead perspective students away from the neurosis of everyday persistence of that, the meaningless everyday. And onto the path of freedom, path of wisdom, possibly crazy, because it is all-encompassing.

With great, traditional for these books questions and answers.

 

Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche recently published, here is the link on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Gossip-Other-Advice-Thinley/dp/1611802083

Here is a quote from chapter on Solitude, page 40:

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Buddha Shakyamuni Said that whoever takes even seven steps toward a solitary place with the intention to attain enlightenment brings about immeasurable benefit.

In ancient times, many sublime individuals like Padmasambhava gave blessings in sacred places for the benefit of future practitioners. In the present time of the kaliyuga, we can receive these blessings from these sacred places. Because of this, we can automatically realize many qualities if we can do our solitary practice with pure intention…”

amazon review: Sunlight Speech by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt:

Sublime Prayers, Praises, and Practices of the Nyingma Masters
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

amazon.com review:
https://www.amazon.com/review/R1TCFMVK21QTQD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Short and sweet, not a book to be read, but manual to be meditated on

Rinpoche gave us a volume of traditional Tibetan texts that are instructions for the visualization, meditation, contemplation, awakening, published in an American hardcover binding, in English language, available for mail order through global mainstream company like amazon… Simple, short, sweet… It is here, it has arrived.

To practice these one would do well to go any local Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma Center and it is highly likely that something from this selection is already used there.

For a few of other Rinpoche books I wrote that they are not books but rather experiences on display, in front of us. This book is a road map to these experiences.