This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment

Shambhala Publications
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Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders—the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma—Khandro Rinpoche explains why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual path and make the world a better place. The book includes contemplative exercises that encourage us to appreciate the tremendous potential of the human body and mind.
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Born in India in 1967, Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of Tibetan meditation master His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen and is herself a renowned teacher in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the head of a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in India and divides her time between teaching in the West, running the nunnery, and supporting charity projects for Tibetan refugees in India.
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Publisher
Shambhala Publications
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Published on
Feb 15, 2005
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9780834825529
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Buddhism / General
Religion / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
Religion / Buddhism / Tibetan
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The revelations of Düdjom Lingpa, a highly influential mystic of 19th century Tibet, translated by B. Alan Wallace.

The practice of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the pinnacle of the nine vehicles of practice taught in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highly influential mystic Düdjom Lingpa (1835–1904) and his disciple Sera Khandro (1892–1940), the most prolific female writer in Tibetan history, here illuminate the methods to discover our own primordial purity and abide in uncontrived awareness.

Buddhahood Without Meditation: This is Düdjom Lingpa’s most widely taught visionary text. In it wisdom beings and historical figures in the Great Perfection lineage emphasize the view of cutting through (trekchö) to the original purity of pristine awareness via the four special samayas, or pledges, of the Great Perfection: nonexistence, oneness, uniform pervasiveness, and spontaneous actualization. At each stage of his spiritual progress, Düdjom Lingpa’s doubts are dispelled and his realizations enhanced by pithy advice.

The Fine Path to Liberation: Sera Khandro establishes the necessary motivation and conduct for receiving teachings such as Buddhahood Without Meditation. This sublime Dharma is to be seen in the context of the five perfections of the sambhogakaya: the teacher, place, time, disciples, and Dharma are fully perfected and must not be reified as ordinary.

Garland for the Delight of the Fortunate: Sera Khandro fills in the gaps of Buddhahood Without Meditation, explaining the metaphors, and spelling out the implications of the root text’s highly condensed verses. This is an essential key for unlocking Düdjom Lingpa’s profound wisdom.



Prenant pour cadre les quatre idées fondamentales des Préliminaires communs du bouddhisme tibétain (le caractère précieux de la vie humaine, la vérité de l’impermanence, la réalité de la souffrance et l’inéluctabilité du karma) Khandro Rimpotché explique pourquoi et comment nous pourrions mieux utiliser notre courte existence pour parcourir un chemin spirituel et améliorer le monde dans lequel nous vivons. Elle nous dit : « Pensez à tous ces instants que vous avez perdus à hésiter ou à vous laisser distraire, à tous ces instants où vous avez dépensé une énergie inutile en vous laissant aller à la jalousie, à la colère ou à l’égoïsme. Au moment de la mort, vous regarderez en arrière et tout cela ressemblera à un rêve ».
Ce livre inclut des exercices de réflexion pour nous encourager à apprécier à sa juste valeur l’énorme potentiel du corps et de l’esprit humain. Ces exercices se concentrent sur comment apprendre à considérer la vie comme un cadeau et comment offrir aux autres une graine de bonheur en accédant à la paix dans notre propre vie.
Bien qu’élevée en Asie, Khandro Rimpotché connaît parfaitement la culture occidentale, ce qui lui a permis de transmettre la sagesse du bouddhisme tibétain aux Occidentaux avec une authenticité et une spontanéité remarquables. C’est aussi l’un des maîtres tibétains vivants qui a eu le plus accès à l’éducation ; elle donne des enseignements aux États-Unis et en Europe depuis plus de 15 ans, ce qui lui a valu d’attirer des milliers de disciples. Elle apporte une vision féminine unique à cette tradition de sagesse qu’est le bouddhisme tibétain.
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