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"Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was someone with extraordinary experience and realization, a fact known throughout the world. It is evident to everyone that he was unlike anyone else when it came to pointing out the nature of mind, and making sure that people both recognized it and had some actual experience."- Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche"Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was an incredible master, one who was both learned and accomplished. The great masters of this time – the 16th Karmapa, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – all venerated him as one of their root gurus and a jewel in their crown ornament. He was someone who achieved the final relization of the Great Perfection."- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920-1996) was one of the outstanding Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation. Forced into exile by the Communist invasion of Tibet, he came to settle in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Though spending over 25 years in retreat, he not only taught extensively, but also founded numerous monasteries and retreat centers the world over. He is the author of such popular books as Rainbow Painting and As It Is Vols. I & II.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9627341398
  • ISBN-13: 978-9627341390
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on December 31, 2004
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This is a good book on the ultimate view of Dzogchen, Mahamudra, and Madhyamaka, but not, I think, the author's best work. I liked volume I (and "Rainbow Painting") better. But, it's certainly worth your time reading it. The title of this book reflects its main tenet (p. 97 "nothing needs to be accepted or rejected; it is already perfect "as it is." i.e. the title of book). It's also taken from a quotation (pp. 140-1) from Padmasambhava's "Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpa" -

"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing,

Is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state.

When not altering what is, allow it to be as it is,

And the awakened state is right now spontaneously present.

`As it is here means actuality. `Actuality' means seeing directly how it is, not as an idea or a concept. This matches the philosophical (and Rosicrucian) use of Actuality for "what is" vs. Reality for our perceptions of "what is."

Interestingly, the title of the publishing company similarly reflects the writings of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche: (e. g. on p. 94) Rangjung Yeshe = "self-existing wakefulness." This is reminiscent of Tulku Urgyen's son Drubwang Tsoknyi's book "Present Fresh Wakefulness."

This view is similarly described in Kagyu Mahamudra, Madhyamaka (The Middle Way philosophy), and Nyingma Dzogchen. The author describes these similarities in several places in the book (e. g. pp. 97, 122 &. 233). He also includes quotations from the three traditions throughout the book (e. g. pp. 117-8, 207, etc.) and even some stories on Chö (d) on pp. 222-3.

However, the first half dozen chapters are considerably redundant with volume I as well as with each other.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Folk on November 21, 2011
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This book was not written for the novice or the merely curious. I would guess that it will go right over the head of, and could be easily misunderstood by, those checking out Buddhism for the first time.
Hard for me to say enough good things about this book. I read through it very slowly to try to fully absorb it and will certainly reread it. To me the book was one nugget of gold after another and was an overview of the basic underlying fundamentals of practice, but not presented in a dumbed down elementary way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pau on August 24, 2013
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In perfect spoken English, without need for special vocabulary or previous training, Rinpoche explains how to take control of your everyday mind and allow it to naturally return to its underlying perfection....Buddha.
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I love this book and regard it very highly, I am not a Buddhist but have received many teachings.
The teaching is very specific and in the same time so simple and effortless.
With simple recognition, commitment and practice, you can cut through all the complications, rituals, visualisations and so on which has made the path of Buddhism not attractive for me in the first place.
This book brings a complete new light of understanding and practice of inclusiveness.
One of the best and helpful books for every meditator.
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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche is a master on whom one can rely with total trust.

When I was a newer Buddhist student I read this book more cognitively....and it stayed just at the level of information.

Now, having had many direct teachings from authentic teachers in the same lineage, including my main teacher Sogyal Rinpoche and three of the sons of Tulku Urgyen, it speaks to me at a much deeper level, reminding me of what I have experienced in those special moments of blessing by my masters. I tend no longer to read books like this - they are too rich - but just to dip into them and to savour small sections eg a particular instruction, for inspiration or as a reminder and clarification and deepening. For me it is a must-have book and so I now also have it on my Kindle so I can search it and underline....but I still love most the printed copy.
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