Echoes, The Boudhanath Teachings by Thinley Norbu
Buddha’s Echoes in this world
How does one review a book like this? Well, obviously one has to read it first, but then again there are so many reviews out there that are based on misreading or surrounding issues, I myself am guilty of having written a few like that. Now, why would I go into this discussion here? Because this book if read by a wider circle of readers has potential to be quite controversial. From the opening pages where Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche describes the types of people to be met in the West, both ones that have met the Dharma and ones that have not. To the very direct, non descriptive points made through out the book. As in something along the lines of “According to the Buddha Shakyamuni, the fundamental quality of the Dharma is directness”. And / or a description of how Mahasiddha Saraha became a pure monk through realization that arose through his relationship with the arrowsmith’s daughter. And then a recounting of that point by telling us that realization is the point and in the same time that we do not have to try to all be like Saraha…
And back to the opening pages where there is a description of meeting many people getting confused through the introduction to the Dharma and also many people that try to guide their life through regular common sense who are direct, simple and have good minds…
What I see here through my subjective understanding is direct answers to (sometimes heated, back and forth discussion) personal and general questions. These answers come without any agenda from the mind of one of the greatest exponents of the Dharma of recent times.
While this book can confuse any one with a degree of fixed opinion, either a beginner or person that knows a bit, it is for sure to be very clear and easy to understand if approached with an open mind and motivation of obtainment of the result of direct wisdom teaching.
As is remembered:
Shakyamuni Buddha final words: ‟Impermanence is inherent in all things. Work out your own freedom with diligence”
Most amazing, may it be of benefit.
Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice,
by Kyabje Thinley Norbu
Famous book, a part of which was published several decades ago and I have heard was circulated in a form of photo copies. In many ways the original 67 pages are still too honest and there will be always some people connecting to the text and wandering why it does not attempt to flatter no one. A work requiring high degree of open mindedness because questions are asked (it is in a form of an interview) and Rinpoche gives long careful answers that are like poems, but are answers to real questions not presentations of wishful thinking.
Anyone looking for something that their narrow mind requires to feel good, could feel disappointed because this book comes from simple, sky-like mind and such a vastness looking back at us from the mirror like teacher could unsettle your comfort zones.
A legendary publication reissues by Shambhala with addition of three more parts that make for a hefty volume. A must read for all that consider Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche work important.
Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche recently published, here is the link on amazon:
Here is a quote from chapter on Solitude, page 40:
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…”
Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt:
Sublime Prayers, Praises, and Practices of the Nyingma Masters
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
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.
A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan,
by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Experience of the experience,
Experience of the experience. All the books from the Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. regardless how much scholarship is on display lay an experience in front of their readers. They are not a push to make “next step” but rather a head first full body dive into an ocean. And this book is very special in a way that Rinpoche talks about his own experiences, while letting us in…
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
-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.
I have met Rinpoche only one time and very briefly, although I wanted to meet him for a while, it took me long time.
One time I have received a word that Rinpoche has a puja coming up in the next half hour in the NYC Shambhalla Center and this is where I run very fast.
During the 45 seconds that I had to communicate with Rinpoche every word carried meaning and was personal, it was just the same as meeting an old friend. After, I seem to have formed an idea that I am sure to work on for a while yet. Because even as in my case I did not have any doubt that there was great, pure being in front of me, the very presence of the Rinpoche in front was not different as standing in front of a mirror and all my confused ideation was revealed.