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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications; 1 edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9627341649
  • ISBN-13: 978-9627341642
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Confessions of a Gypsy Yogini is a vivifying account of the ambrosia-like Buddhist path with the brilliant imagery and clear voices of many renowned masters recorded by the author, who herself lived for seventeen years at the feet of one of the greatest Tibetan masters of meditation at the epicenter of unfolding events of Dharma that crossed many oceans. May this volume 
reach many to ignite the light of love and wisdom—the true meaning of Dharma—in their hearts." 
—Tulku Thondup 

About the Author

Marcia Dechen Wangmo is a translator, editor, and writer whose company, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, has translated and preserved 62 essential Tibetan works for the English-speaking public. She lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Leggett, CA.

Tulku Thondub is author of Boundless Healing; Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth; and The Healing Power of Mind. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joy Berri on November 18, 2010
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This book is GREAT rendition of hard won truths on the path to freedom. It's written by a woman - a revolution in itself. That a Tibetan Master would offer the real Buddha teachings freely to a woman of the west is a testament to the true spirit of enlightenment - beyond duality, beyond gender. That Marcia has trodden the path with heart and openness, and then written about it, is an inspiring gift to all who seek truth. And now, for a confession from an ignorant aspirant (me) - I didn't originally get what Marcia had done because I had an expectation of what the book would be based on the title and description. And I formally offer an apology for having written a review from the standpoint of a self-absorbed, limited self. If I had taken the time to truly understand what Marcia had written about, the conveyance of ancient wisdom from real teachers grounded in the precepts of enlightenment, and that she took the time to generously offer through her book in an adept, honest and simple way, I would have given the book five stars to start with. I was brash in my first review, and hope that my new understanding will be received with forgiveness and with the spirit of gratitude and inspiration that the book has imbued me with. Thank you Marcia, for your clarity, openness and honesty. I'd also like to say that one of the things I found most wonderful about the book was the connection Marcia has with her teacher, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She actually extends her connection with her teacher to the reader, and he's the real thing! Just reading the book to connect with him is worth everything! If you want to learn about enlightenment, you can get a good start just by establishing your own connection to him, reading the book, and then finding a teacher who you vibrate with. Good luck!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David G. Warren on January 3, 2011
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I found this book to be most excellent and very inspiring. Most books of this type do not really expose any of the writers faults and how they might work with those faults. As practitioners let us be honest we all have negative thoughts and actions and indulge in them frequently. I very much liked the honesty and courage in this book. I find the critical review somewhat disappointing comparing the author to Milarepa is not that useful and using a work of fiction Castaneda is distracting from the point of the book. In the book there is ample practical teachings and references to make use of for a beginner or an old timer. If we honestly take a good look at ourselves we can benefit greatly from the message of the book. The author is not trying to become a guru which I find very refreshing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paki S. Wright on October 4, 2011
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Really enjoyed the author's searing and unrelenting honesty in terms of her experience and practice of Buddhism, which spans several decades, mostly in Asia, under the tutelage of one of the greatest masters of Dzogchen in recent history, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

As Binder writes it, meeting and feeling the deepest kind of love that we may, if lucky, feel for our teacher, is the very moment of freedom from conceptual thinking. It creates a gap that allows us to awaken to our inherent nature, which can't happen through intellectual analysis alone.

Since the author speaks Tibetan and has been an editor for many years, I particularly appreciated her section on the usual translation of dukkha, commonly interpreted as suffering. But Binder finds the concepts of mundane disillusion, weariness, or disappointment with "the pointlessness of worldly pursuits" more apt -- and I think more befitting for many Western Buddhists, who, let's face it, don't suffer quite the way beings in other realms do. But get tired and disillusioned with the supposed joys of samsara? You bet.

Loved the details of her experiences with Tulku Urgyen, could go for a lot more of same, but in general, highly recommended.
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'Confessions' provides a humble series of teachings through examples of the common pitfalls of our journeys. The way Marcia expresses her experience, the teachings become richer and even less edgy as we see our fellow seekers really going for It. There is also a touching liturgy at the end that culminates as a lovely practice. It is much easier to do the practice with some commentary from the author or other teacher, but if that isn't a possibility it still stands as a lovely prayer and aspiration.
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