A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan: Autobiographical by Thinley Norbu

By Thinley Norbu

Personal memories of an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist grasp, starting from touching memoir to funny storytelling, from sharp cultural observation to deeply felt verse--illustrated with infrequent pictures in complete color.

     Illustrated with colour pictures released for the 1st time, this college of memories offers a unprecedented glimpse into the lifetime of an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist instructor. the writer units a paranormal temper as he describes his early years in "Snowland" (Tibet) as one in every of seven young children of a well known Nyingma grasp. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche's storytelling alternates earthy humor with poetic sensitivity and delicate sensuality. Describing his travels in Asia, Europe, and the US, he offers thumbnail sketches of individuals and areas, in addition to sharp-sighted statement on Western cultural developments and Dharma scholars' optimistic and damaging characteristics. greater than simply an autobiography, this written delivering is an expression of Rinpoche's knowledge, compassion, and private awareness.

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For seven years, from the age of eighteen to twenty-five, I gathered experience. I spent some time sustaining a monastery that my father had given me when I was a young boy. There was a connection between the monastery and myself, because once, during my childhood when I was eight years old and my father was giving teachings there, I recovered from an illness after they made ritual long-life prayers for my health. The monastery was old, like an exhausted, haggard man, and there were about sixty peasant families connected to it.

If you synthesize, the essence of all Buddha’s teachings is intention. You must always try to increase good intention. ” Later, I met all of these lamas again. I met Gently Tuned Wisdom Intelligence of Phenomena in Fruit Valley, where I received teachings on cutting through all substantial and insubstantial phenomena and simultaneous passing, and I met Indestructible Wisdom Teacher from Polo, from whom I received teachings on Samantabhadra’s Prayer of Basis, Path, and Result, and on the Essence of Secret Teachings and its commentaries.

They try to make the most rotten-smelling cheese and the most fresh-smelling perfume. Of course, in samsara, we are always jumping between confusing contradictions, and so we distract ourselves with rotten and sweet. 57 In Paris, at the Arc de Triomphe, 1982. 58 Teaching Dharma in New York City, 1979. My friends took care of me like a precious brother. They showed me many libraries and museums with rare antique religious objects. These ancient religious objects once were natural, wonderful, and 59 alive, but sometimes I felt sad to look at them because now they each seemed to be just a name and a decoration.

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