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Journey to Enlightenment: The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher from Tibet Hardcover – 31 Oct 1996


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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (31 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893816795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893816797
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 29.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poet, scholar, philosopher, and master of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche led a life dedicated to spiritual enlightenment and teaching. During the final 14 years of his life he journeyed throughout Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Nepal, returning to places of his youth and previous phases of his life; at every stop he was welcomed with elaborate cermonies and

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are Buddhist or not, this book will be a rare gem. Here are some reasons I would own this book :
1) Rare and beautiful pictures on the most sacred place in the world
2) Learn something about the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism
3) Words of Wisdom (I mean real Wisdom, in condensed form) throughout the pages would awake you and set you contemplating
This is a great memoir on one of the greatest spiritual teacher that takes the reader on the journey of history and geography, culture and tradition, religion and philosophy. With or without realising it, you are learning the most important lesson in life, with enjoyment.
If there was a book that kept you awake till 3.00am in the morning (of course it depends on what time you started reading), this is it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 1998
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An astonishingly beautiful photographic essay of the life of one of Tibet's greatest lamas of this century. Khyentse Rinpoche was a teacher of the present Dalai Lama and of many other high lamas whose sparkling wisdom and warm compassion shine through even in photos. The author Matthieu Ricard is an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition. He recently accompanied Khyentse Rinpoche on a trip to Tibet. The photographs in this book document the trip in a most vivid portrayal of a living Tibetan culture. It is amazing to see how glorious was the greeting given to this renowned lama upon his return to Tibet. We are treated to a pictorial feast of rites, costumes and throngs of devoted welcomers. The accompanying text tells not only the story of this wonderful trip but also of the life and teachings of Khyentse Rinpoche, the profound influence of which can be felt just by browsing the pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By calmly on 17 Oct. 2007
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I admit that much of the time since I've owned this book, when I go thru it, it is just to look at the photographs. Ricard has captured "Shangri-la": I don't know of any more evocative photographic collection. The faces, the costumes, the landscapes: all the mystic of Tibet and its Buddhism. A good reason to want to visit Tibet.

If you can disengage yourself from the photographs (which I find hard to do) then there are many teachings from Khyentse Rinphoche that point to the benefits of naked awareness.

The combination of amazing photos and amazing teaching may be just what we need to begin to eschew distractions and meet reality head-on. It soon overwhelms me each time I try that, but, as I get older, I wonder how often I can put off the challenge that teachers like Khyense Rinpoche present. Is it trickery or the deepest insight?
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Rare and Fantastic Book 9 April 1999
By ccl@indo.net.id - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are Buddhist or not, this book will be a rare gem. Here are some reasons I would own this book :
1) Rare and beautiful pictures on the most sacred place in the world
2) Learn something about the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism
3) Words of Wisdom (I mean real Wisdom, in condensed form) throughout the pages would awake you and set you contemplating
This is a great memoir on one of the greatest spiritual teacher that takes the reader on the journey of history and geography, culture and tradition, religion and philosophy. With or without realising it, you are learning the most important lesson in life, with enjoyment.
If there was a book that kept you awake till 3.00am in the morning (of course it depends on what time you started reading), this is it!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring visual portrait of devotion in Tibet 13 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An astonishingly beautiful photographic essay of the life of one of Tibet's greatest lamas of this century. Khyentse Rinpoche was a teacher of the present Dalai Lama and of many other high lamas whose sparkling wisdom and warm compassion shine through even in photos. The author Matthieu Ricard is an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition. He recently accompanied Khyentse Rinpoche on a trip to Tibet. The photographs in this book document the trip in a most vivid portrayal of a living Tibetan culture. It is amazing to see how glorious was the greeting given to this renowned lama upon his return to Tibet. We are treated to a pictorial feast of rites, costumes and throngs of devoted welcomers. The accompanying text tells not only the story of this wonderful trip but also of the life and teachings of Khyentse Rinpoche, the profound influence of which can be felt just by browsing the pages.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional photos, powerful teaching, a special life 27 Aug. 2006
By calmly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I admit that much of the time since I've owned this book, when I go thru it, it is just to look at the photographs. Ricard has captured "Shangri-la": I don't know of any more evocative photographic collection. The faces, the costumes, the landscapes: all the mystic of Tibet and its Buddhism. A good reason to want to visit Tibet.

If you can disengage yourself from the photographs (which I find hard to do) then there are many teachings from Khyentse Rinphoche that point to the benefits of naked awareness.

The combination of amazing photos and amazing teaching may be just what we need to begin to eschew distractions and meet reality head-on. It soon overwhelms me each time I try that, but, as I get older, I wonder how often I can put off the challenge that teachers like Khyense Rinpoche present. Is it trickery or the deepest insight?
Snapshot Picture(s) of the lifetime of one of the Greatest contemporary Masters of Tibetan Buddhism & his culture! 23 Dec. 2012
By Dr. Peter Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have most of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's writings! But the 1st time I ever saw his photo, it was always the impression of this Great spiritual Grandfather! With Ricard (former biochemist/molecular biology) as his attendant later in life, I got to photographically see this person thru the eyes of a Westerner, who also understood the context of this great teacher & the cultural trappings he worked through. Am probably going to give this as a gift to my humble spiritual guide who revealed he had received "numerous" teachings from this man!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Journey to Enllightenment 13 July 2012
By E. Featherstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is wonderful, photos and text alike. I have Spirit of Tibet and thought my collection would be complete if I added this volume. It turns out to be the same book. One is hardcover and the other is trade paperback. For anyone else, BEWARE! They are the same book with different title. The sellers cheerfully refunded the price plus return shipping. (elderwealth)
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