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Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master [Paperback]

Gendun Rinpoche
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13 Dec 2010
This book is by a Tibetan lama who spent three decades in meditation retreat in Tibet and India and then 22 years teaching Buddhism in Europe. It contains teachings that he considered vital for treading the Buddhist path to liberation, especially for westerners, and that he gave again and again to his Western students. His advice on Buddhist practice is simple and yet profound; it extends from the basics all the way up to the highest teaching of Mahamudra. His words are imbued with an authority and authenticity that comes from having tested these teachings and practices in the fire of his own extraordinary meditative experience. There is no dogma or display of rote learning in this book - everything offered here is heartfelt advice coming from personal experience and constitutes essential fare for the practitioner. The outstanding characteristic of the book is its singular power to inspire the reader to dedicate themselves seriously to Buddhist practice. It will be helpful to newcomers to Buddhism who want a practical and authoritative introduction to its key themes. It will also be of great value to experienced practitioners who will find in it countless gems of advice to help them resolve remaining uncertainties about their Dharma practice. Also included in the book is a lengthy chapter that tells the fascinating tale of Gendun Rinpoche's life and practice in the monasteries and mountains of Tibet, his escape to India, his interactions with the 16th Karmapa, and his powerful impact on his numerous Western students.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Norbu Verlag (13 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3940269042
  • ISBN-13: 978-3940269041
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gendun Rinpoche (1918–1997) belonged to that extraordinary group of great Tibetan Buddhist meditators trained entirely in Tibet who were driven into exile by the Chinese occupation of their homeland and who later in their lives spread the Buddhist teachings in the West. Practicing in the Karma Kagyu tradition, he spent over 30 years meditating in closed retreat in Tibet and India. His accomplishments were such that his principal teacher, the 16th Karmapa, who sent him to Europe to teach, compared him to the great 11/12th century Tibetan yogi Milarepa. In the final years of his activity in Europe he succeeded in firmly planting the Buddhist teachings in Western soil by establishing numerous teaching, practice and retreat centers. He trained more than a hundred Western disciples as teachers or lamas who are now continuing his legacy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Buddhist should have one. 14 Aug 2011
This wonderful book is indispensable to all Dharma practitioners. The wisdom of the aphorisms on each page transcend schools and lineages. These are the words of a great Mahamudra practitioner clearly written and explained in such a way that we can really access the deep underlying wisdom of this master.

This is not a book to hurried through and read but rather a meditation to be treasured and used every day. Open the book at any page and there will be a quotation that goes straight to the heart of our practice. This is indeed 'heart advice' for the Mahamudra practitioner from this great master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the heart 22 Mar 2012
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This book really gets to the essence of Mahamudra. It gives practical instruction but also delves into the depths of non-duality whilst remaining easy to read. The text avoids too much technical terminology and the brief glossary is superb.

This has got to be one of the best books I have read on Buddhism.

I would consider it a must if you are interested in Mahamudra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this! 25 Feb 2011
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You will never find a better book on Buddhism. Whatever lineage or method you practice, this book is a rare gem & should be on any serious students reading list. I'll even buy it off you if you disagree!
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