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  • Perfect Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Jewel Heart Corp; First Edition edition (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934994022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934994023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,245,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gelek Rimpoche has consistently shown resiliency and flexibility of character. I have also seen him show sound understanding of selflessness, the hallmark of Buddhist teaching. He can be an elegant lama in a formal setting... a wise advisor in another setting...a loyal and creative colleague in the endless work of seeing to the continuing usefulness of the Dharma. Throughout it all, he remains a cherished and jolly person, a good friend. - Robert A.F. Thurman --Robert. A. F. Thurman

Gelek Rimpoche s mix of astute psychological insight, extraordinary intellect, and great compassion plus delightful wit makes him a wonderful, wise spiritual friend and guide. - Daniel Goleman --Daniel Coleman

Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality, humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life Ram Dass --Ram Dass

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Gelek Rimpoche Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche was recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of four. Carefully tutored from an early age by some of Tibet s greatest living masters, Rimpoche gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgment and penetrating insight. As a small child living in a monk s cell in a country with no electricity or running water, and little news of the outside world, he had scoured the pictures of torn copies of Life Magazine for anything he could gather about America. Now Rimpoche brings his life experience and wisdom to both the east and the west. Among the last generation of lamas educated in Drepung Monastery before the Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet, Gelek Rimpoche was forced to flee to India in 1959. He later edited and printed over 170 volumes of rare Tibetan manuscripts that would have otherwise been lost to humanity. Rimpoche was also instrumental in forming organizations that would share the great wisdom of Tibet with the outside world. In this and other ways, he has played a crucial role in the survival of Tibetan Buddhism. He was director of Tibet House in Delhi, India and a radio host at All India Radio. He conducted over 1000 interviews in compiling an oral history of the fall of Tibet to the Communist Chinese. In the late 1970 s Rimpoche was directed to teach Western students by his teachers, the Senior and Junior Masters to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since that time he has taught Buddhist practitioners around the world. Rimpoche is particularly distinguished for his thorough familiarity with modern culture, and special effectiveness as a teacher of Western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. Recognizing the unique opportunity for the interface of spiritual and material concerns in today's world, Rimpoche has also opened a dialogue with science, psychology, medicine, metaphysics, politics, and the arts. In 1988, Rimpoche founded Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center. His Collected Works now include over 32 transcripts of his teachings, numerous articles as well as the national bestseller Good Life, Good Death (Riverhead Books 2001) and the Tara Box: Rituals for Protection and Healing from the Female Buddha (New World Library 2004). Rimpoche is a U.S. citizen and lives in Michigan. What I like about Gelek Rimpoche is that he has consistently shown resiliency and flexibility of character. I have also seen him sound understanding of selflessness, the hallmark Buddhist teaching. He can be an elegant lama in a formal setting, a truly worthy representative of his illustrious lineage. He can be a wise advisor in another setting, placing responsibility for growth wherever it belongs: on the individual. He can be a loyal and creative colleague, in the endless work of seeing to the long duration and continuing usefulness of the Dharma. Throughout it all, he remains a cherished and jolly person, a good friend. - Robert A.F Thurman Gelek Rimpoche is one of the wisest, most cheerful people I know. He is a beautiful and gracious spirit who carries the great wisdom of Tibet. We are fortunate to have him teaching in the West. - Jack Kornfield Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality, humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life Ram Dass

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I have re-read this book several times over the years and the breadth and depth is amazing. There always seems to be something deeper that I find when i re-read it. The book is very thorough with good examples including explaining the various stages of development and techniques that may be helpful as you progress. He also has a chapter on the pinnacle of the practice, Mahamudra.

Alan Wallace books are very good as well. If you like Alan Wallace, you will likely like this book too.
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Clear, concise and practical. Some Tibetan books are a bit deep/confusing for me. I also have Gelek Rimpoche's Ch. 8 of Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, which is very helpful.
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Born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1939, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche was recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of four. Among the last generation of lamas educated in Drepung Monastery before the Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet, Gelek Rimpoche was forced to flee to India in 1959. He later edited and printed over 170 volumes of rare Tibetan manuscripts that would have otherwise been lost to humanity. He was director of Tibet House in Delhi, India and a radio host at All India Radio. He conducted over 1000 interviews in compiling an oral history of the fall of Tibet.

In the late 1970's Rimpoche was directed to teach Western students by his teachers, the Senior and Junior Masters to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Since that time he has taught Buddhist practitioners around the world. In 1988, Rinpoche founded Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center.

Rimpoche's Collected Works now include over 40 transcripts of his teachings, numerous articles, as well as the national bestseller Good Life, Good Death (Riverhead Books 2001) and the Tara Box: Rituals for Protection and Healing from the Female Buddha (New World Library 2004).