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About the Author

Gendun Rinpoche (1918–1997) belonged to that extraordinary group of great Tibetan Buddhist meditators trained entirely in Tibet who were driven into exile by the Chinese occupation of their homeland and who later in their lives spread the Buddhist teachings in the West. Practicing in the Karma Kagyu tradition, he spent over 30 years meditating in closed retreat in Tibet and India. His accomplishments were such that his principal teacher, the 16th Karmapa, who sent him to Europe to teach, compared him to the great 11/12th century Tibetan yogi Milarepa. In the final years of his activity in Europe he succeeded in firmly planting the Buddhist teachings in Western soil by establishing numerous teaching, practice and retreat centers. He trained more than a hundred Western disciples as teachers or lamas who are now continuing his legacy.

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Norbu Verlag (December 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3940269042
  • ISBN-13: 978-3940269041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gendun Rinpoche (1918-1997) belonged to that extraordinary group of great Tibetan Buddhist meditators trained entirely in Tibet who were driven into exile by the Chinese occupation of their homeland and who later in their lives spread the Buddhist teachings in the West.

Practicing in the Karma Kagyu tradition, he spent over 30 years meditating in closed retreat in Tibet and India. His accomplishments were such that his principal teacher, the 16th Karmapa, who sent him to Europe to teach, compared him to the great 11/12th century Tibetan yogi Milarepa.

In the final years of his activity in Europe he succeeded in firmly planting the Buddhist teachings in Western soil by establishing numerous teaching, practice and retreat centers.

He trained more than a hundred Western disciples as teachers or lamas who are now continuing his legacy.


The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa said about him:

"Gendun Rinpoche is like Milarepa -
in this life he attained the state of Vajradhara."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2011
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I came accross this book around 2002 and it became my favourite Buddhist book. I met Buddhism in 1996 but practised under an inqualified dharma teacher, which made my mind very narrow. I left the group around 2001 and tried to find new dharma sources. I came over a vajra song of the author of this book, Gendun Rinpoche and after a first negative reaction, because it questioned my past dharma understanding I opened up to the quality of the Dharma understanding. It became my main source of inspiration among all other Buddist books I have and still is my companion nowadays.

The language in this book is very clear and very soft, too. All essential topics of the buddhist path are touched and it looks like you can reach awakening in just following this books advice.
It is really heart touchening.

I can fully recommend it
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Potts on April 26, 2011
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As someone who has read dozens of Buddhist related insight books the past several years, this is a jewel of a discovery. The late Gendun Rinpoche's insights are truly amazing as he puts basic Buddhism in clear perspective. I rate this in the top 4 or 5 practical Buddhist application books in my library... maybe even number 1!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2012
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I have more than 20 years' experience doing Tibetan Buddhist meditation. I also guide meditation retreats two or three times a year. I know what I am speaking about. This is probably the most profound book, yet easy to read, that you can read about mahamudra meditation. Gendun Rimpoche is a real mahamudra master - this is the highest title you can give a human being!
Don't bother looking elsewhere, get this book and read the best of the best. Enjoy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Skinner on April 11, 2012
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This book really gets to the essence of Mahamudra. It gives practical instruction but also delves into the depths of non-duality whilst remaining easy to read. The text avoids too much technical terminology and the brief glossary is superb.

This has got to be one of the best books I have read on Buddhism.

I would consider it a must if you are interested in Mahamudra.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By platypus on November 28, 2011
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This book can truly claim to be 'from the heart' because all of the advice has the ring of truth, of personal experience. It sounds as if the Teacher has experienced, first hand, everything he discusses. And the text is quite comprehensive, and could, if practiced, really help one perceive all phenomena more accurately
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Candace Podvoll on March 14, 2013
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If you only had one book in your library, this one would be it! It is so comforting, kind, encouraging, elucidating, so warm. It is a true friend, a true help in these troubled times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrey Biryukov on September 29, 2011
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Really great book. Written in easy language, it is deep and touching. It really leaves the feeling of listening to the advice of the great master.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily bp on August 10, 2013
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Gendun Rinpoche was a meditation master and reading this book feels like receiving a direct transmission from this wonderful teacher. It is a gift to be able to access these teachings from such a master.
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