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The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin (Suny Series in Buddhist Studies) [Paperback]

Tsogdruk Rangdrol Shabkar , Matthieu Ricard , Padmakara Translation Group
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30 Aug 1994 SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
The Life of Shabkar has long been recognized by Tibetans as one of the masterworks of their religious heritage. Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat after his inspired youth and early training in the province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary Buddhist masters. With determination and courage, he mastered the highest and most esoteric practices of the Tibetan tradition of the Great Perfection. He then wandered far and wide over the Himalayan region expressing his realization. Shabkar's autobiography vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Tibet.
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  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (30 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791418367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791418369
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely inspiring 30 Jan 2012
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a friend had send me a copy of one of the pages, there was another piece on the page that I needed to know how it finished so bought the book. a big bugger of a thing but an excellent read and every page is filled with gems
absolute treasures. Mind pills.
in prose, verse and rhyme the book should be on any Tibetan Buddhists shelf as a dharmic primer.
so glad I purchased it.
its a book you can dip into, or you can read from cover to cover
one you wont want to lend out should it not return.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emaho! ("How marvelous!") 16 Nov 2004
By Peacock Eye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the splendid autobiography of Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangrol (1781-1851), a yogi who wandered far and wide expressing his realization, as a fully accomplished adept of the Great Completion (Dzogchen).

From the Foreword by HH the Dalai Lama: "Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime (...) as source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike." HH Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche: "As one reads it, one's mind cannot resist being turned toward the Dharma."

This autobiography is full of humor, wit and playful joy, intense self-discipline as well as magnificant flights of imagination. An accessible book full of telling stories, a must-read, must-own for those interested.

"Man -
If you have any self-respect,
A heart in your chest,
Brains in your head, and
Some sympathy for yourself,
Regret your past actions and
Improve your whole behavior.
It's time! It's very late!
- Shabkar
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the master works of Tibetan religious heritage 16 July 2006
By Kalden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Considered as one of the master works of Tibetan religious heritage.

For people who have a connection with Tibetan Buddhism this book is a true treasure. And, dear vegetarians, you are right :-), many Tibetan Buddhists might prefer to ignore the fact, but Shabkar as a non sectarian Tibetan yogi gave up eating meat for the rest of his live when he was 27 years based on his sincere conviction that a Buddhist - at a certain stage - should gave up "the negative act of eating the flesh of beings" (p.232). See also his book Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat, ISBN 1590301161.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous ! 16 Feb 2000
By Thomas Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Matthieu Ricard has created a work of art. Remaining true to the poetic beauty of the Tibetan original he has for the first time presented this important work to the west. Also, his notes and appendixes on historical and buddhist backgrounds are invaluable. For the first time the reader is presented with the life of a Tibetan saint and his lineage formerly largely unknown among western students of Tibetan buddhism. A tuely inspiring page-turner !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative and Inspirational work! 19 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Never have I come across such an inspiring piece of buddhist literature. Plan on having your life and your practice changed forever after reading the life story of this amazing yogin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Autobiography for Remi in you. 11 Dec 2011
By Steven M. Parisian - Published on Amazon.com
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Full of wonderful gems. Perfect example of what a living Buddha would do. Shabkar embodies the Remi movement of Tibet.
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