The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and Moon Paperback – 30 Oct 1986
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About the Author
Born in Eastern Tibet, Kalu Rinpoche was trained in monasteries and retreat centers. He spent many years of solitary retreat in remote mountains. Thereafter he was summoned back to the monastery to teach and guide practice. A few years before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, he left the country and eventually settled in India. Since then, he has travelled extensively, teaching and establishing centers in Asia, Europe, and North America where his tradition of meditative practice is maintained.
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Rinpoche present a traditional view, leaning heavily on the teachings of Gampopa's 'Jewel Ornament of Liberation', although he does present these in an easily understandable format (which is not always the case with Gampopa himself).
The book is a lucid and very accurate account of the most important teachings of Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism. I think the material should be accessible to most, although be advised that it is always best to receive a 'living' transmission from a living lama.
Also beware that Rinpoche cuts straight to the chase and does not package and gift-wrap the Dharma for the Western mind in the way that other excellent teachers - such as Ole Nydahl - do. Some things may be hard to swallow. But rest assured that there is still a lot of wisdom to be found in his words.
So, if you really want to have a solid Tibetan Buddhism 102, written in an incredibly human style, and you think you can handle some of the more punk-rock aspects of Buddhism (like the vivid descriptions of the hell realms) then this is an amazing condensation of the most important, vital teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, presented in thier full profundity.
However, if you just want to understand a little more about how the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism could apply to your problems and inner struggles, it's probably a much better bet to get a book by Pema Chodron.
The style is warm and human and never dense or obscure.
This book is a 'rinpoche' - A wonderful treasure!
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