One needs to be somewhat familiar with Tibetan Buddhism, before reading this book. I could read this chapter over and over again and learn something every time. The practices described in the last sections of the book are far too esoteric for me. They are very useful, even beautiful, for people who are interested in Guru Yoga but they are definitely not for everyone.
These practices are useful means for getting closer to Buddhahood. But they are just too foreign from my way of thinking which is much more secular. View 2 comments. Nov 20, Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: dharma. Jul 12, Keith rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: practitioners of Nyingma Buddhist tantra. The teachings on the Outer Preliminaries, which account for more than half of the book, are likewise equally applicable to the foundations of Mahayana practice in any of the Tibetan traditions.
Nov 28, Erica Jones rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism , reviews. I believe this text is best understood with its historical context and intended audience in mind, i. I very much enjoyed the vernacular language and ordinary expressions and speech used in this translation, coming to feel a close familiarity with the occasionally ornery-sounding Rinpoche, with his en I believe this text is best understood with its historical context and intended audience in mind, i.
I very much enjoyed the vernacular language and ordinary expressions and speech used in this translation, coming to feel a close familiarity with the occasionally ornery-sounding Rinpoche, with his endless and amusing excoriation of sloppy and lazy practitioners and lamas alike. Being skeptical of the guru tradition and yet intuitively drawn to Vajrayana Buddhism, The Words of My Perfect Teacher provided a great introduction of what to look for - and beware of - in a teacher or "spiritual friend," as one might look upon him or her.
The endnotes can add much valuable explanation to the main text and I would recommend not skipping them for the most part. This admittedly becomes rather annoying towards the end where they are so numerous. Let us note one of the major pitfalls of spiritual practice, in observance of Rinpoche's sage words in the Conclusion of the book: "On separate occasions, my teacher also used to give numerous special instructions for exposing hidden faults, and I have added whatever I have been able to remember of these in the most appropriate places.
Do not take them as a window through which to observe others' faults, but rather as a mirror for examining your own. Look carefully within yourself to see whether or not you have those hidden faults. If you do, recognize them and banish them. Correct your mind and set it at ease on the right path. To see where you are going to be born next, look at what you do now. Sep 25, Travis rated it liked it. Very fundamentalist take on Vajrayana Buddhism.
Prepare for lots of elaborate descriptions of hell realms. Not your typical feel-good, yuppie Buddhism. Aug 04, Mary Overton added it. The king called the doctors and asked how the disease should be treated. He made great offerings to the Three Jewels and prayed fervently, saying, 'As soon as I die, may I immediately be reborn as a rohita fish in the Nivritta river! As soon as one side was eaten, the fish turned over and offered them the other side.
While they were cutting off the flesh, the first side became whole again. In this way, by eating each side alternately, everybody who was ill could be cured. Then the fish spoke to them all. I gave up my life and took birth as a rohita fish to save you from the epidemic. As an expression of your gratitude, give up doing evil and do all the good you can.
I will carry you all to safety! But as it slept, a cloud of eighty thousand ketaka flies began to suck its blood. Waking up, it saw how many they were and realized that to go back into the water or roll on the ground would kill all the insects. So it just lay where it was, giving them its life. May 13, Isaac Spencer rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism. Patrul's words are like pouring the juiciest, sweetest balm onto a dry, desicated heart. The result being that one knows what is important in life and all the ways one fools oneself.
Patrul doesn't mince words. There are no fluffy bunnies to be found here. Patrul's words are a blast in the ear of those including myself asleep with selfishness. Nov 20, Arnaud Versluys rated it it was amazing. This book is the seminal primer to understand and practice the ngondro or preliminaries in the Nyingma Nyingthig tradition. I first read it 15 years ago and i find myself coming back to it over and over and discovering fresh instructions each time! Jan 10, Amie rated it it was amazing. Five stars!
Buried in here is the strangest little poem. I would tell you about it, but it ends with the line "keep this in your heart, don't go telling people about it". Oct 23, Alonzo rated it it was amazing Shelves: bodhicitta , tonglen , bodhisattva , tibetan-buddhism , buddhism , mind , mind-training , vajrayana , to-read-again , vajrasattva. I read this out of curiosity more than out of a desire to live this way.
Tibetan Buddhism is the most ritualistic and "religious" of the forms of Buddhism that I have looked at so far.
Patrul Rinpoche – Words Of My Perfect Teacher
And, a lot of the information in this book is meant to be used in conjunction with the oral transmission of a qualified teacher. Those chapters, which reinforced what I have learned on these subjects from other books, were very helpful in overcoming difficult emotions and thought processes. Those teachings have helped me look at the world and at other people differently. I am far from a Bodhisattva, and quite honestly, don't know whether that is a state that I could ever attain, but just attempting to cultivate a heart and mind of love and compassion will help make at least my part of the world a better place.
Sep 01, J rated it it was amazing. As someone who has spent a lot of time reading and being involved in Tibeten Buddhism, I rate this book. It's a solid translation of the original text and has a foreward by HH as well as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. For non Buddhists, I am not sure how much the book would appeal but it still provides an excellent summation of the Tibetan perspective.
I am currently holidaying overseas with foreign language bookstores everywhere so it is a companion I am really glad that I brought for those longer ni As someone who has spent a lot of time reading and being involved in Tibeten Buddhism, I rate this book. I am currently holidaying overseas with foreign language bookstores everywhere so it is a companion I am really glad that I brought for those longer nights stuck in the hotel.
This is a book to reference rather than read like a novel. It's inspiring, interesting, even intriguing. It pushed my thought to a deeper level. Apr 08, tammy rated it it was amazing. If one feels drawn to Buddhism, Words of My Perfect Teacher provides a clarity and depth of understanding that is unmatched. Jun 27, joe rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the most important books ever to be translated from Tibetan to English. It is a must read for anyone interested in Buddhism or Tibet.
The Words of My Perfect Teacher
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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A concise, clear exposition of the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtig cycle of teachings of Nyingma Vajrayana "Tibetan" Buddhism. This book plus live teacher plus diligent practice is Buddhist alchemy.
It covers the gamut of the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings, beginning with the Mahayana "ordinary" or "outer preliminaries": cultivating the right attitude of compassion and loving-kindness, developing an appreciation for the transient nature of existence and a revulsion for the imperman A concise, clear exposition of the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtig cycle of teachings of Nyingma Vajrayana "Tibetan" Buddhism. It covers the gamut of the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings, beginning with the Mahayana "ordinary" or "outer preliminaries": cultivating the right attitude of compassion and loving-kindness, developing an appreciation for the transient nature of existence and a revulsion for the impermanent things that perpetuate discontent, and coming to a deep understanding of the law of moral cause-and-effect.
The final practice detailed in the book perhaps unsurprisingly given the recent upswing of my interest in the bardo, the Book of the Dead, DMT experiences—and meaningful coincidences! AKA Go to straight to enlightenment, do not pass go. Needless to say, this book has me fired up to practice.
Mar 10, Suzanne Arcand rated it liked it Shelves: buddhism. Feb 12, Jodelle Lai rated it it was amazing. The Words of My Perfect Teacher summarizes in a very detailed way of the things that Tibetan-Buddhist people believe in. It is marvellous and very inspirational. It opens up or allows people to be spiritually connected to the divine. This is a great book that I highly recommend to people who believe and respect Tibetan Buddhism to read.
Patrol Rinpoche did a great job explaining in a very simple way of how this universe work. Jun 05, Dawnene rated it it was amazing. This is not just a book or even just a dharma book. I have read literally hundreds of books on Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy and Dharma.
I had this book on my shelf for years without reading it. This remarkable volume is an important step in the ongoing transmission of buddhadharma to the West. Essential for all who aspire to develop selfless compassion and to follow the path to realization in this life. Ray, author of Secret of the Vajra World. Menu Search. Cart You have no items in your shopping cart. Search: Search. My Account Login. Shambhala logo. Browse Inside.
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