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About the Author

Beloved for his unconventional, contemporary approach to Dharma, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche brings more than 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom and teachings to the modern spiritual seeker by connecting ancient worlds with new people, cultures, attitudes and lifestyles. Rinpoche shares largely progressive teaching methods, which use elements as diverse as Madonna s music, sacred sutras, feeding the homeless and caring for animals to convey authentic Buddhist teachings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Kechara Media and Publications; 2 edition (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9834339984
  • ISBN-13: 978-9834339982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Maya on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I notice that I am the first to post my review about this book. It is pity that this book is not promoted heavily and widely, as it is truly beneficial for so many - especially those who call themselves Buddhists, or are following the path of Buddhism. I guess, in places like Amazon, even a precious GEM can be lost in this jungle of mass products. Why would I say its precious and beneficial? Well, for one, it deals with subject matters like Gurus, Buddhist Centers and the politics that also do exist behind the scenes. It does not attempt to hide the weaknesses and flaws because we are all humans, and humans are the ones responsible for finding a Guru, sustaining a relationship with the Guru, running a Buddhist center and sustaining that Buddhist center and so forth. But beyond all that, it clariifes and helps us to understand the phenomena of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist Centers. This is the only book of its kind. I wish more people know about this book so that we can all start respecting one another, learn to tolerate each other and even help everyone, regardless of our religious backgrounds and beliefs. Infact, I would say that this book should be a mandatory reading for all Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. What is the point of pursuing our own spiritual growth when we are engaged in activities that undermine others's spiritual growth and development? Should we be growing and developing at other people's expenses? These are some of the questions that came to my mind as I read this book. Then I realised how my own actions and thinking have been conditioned all these years, without even realising it. And I call myself, a Buddhist!Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Surette on December 21, 2009
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In 'Gurus for Hire, Enlightenment for Sale', Tsem Tulku Rinpoche tells it like it is: want to know about the Guru-student relationship and why it is important? Can you actually question the Guru? What's the difference between centres, teachers, different practices, etc? It's a must read for any Dharma practitioner who harbours these kinds of questions but was just too darn embarrassed to ask. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atara on February 10, 2014
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Most excellent of books. Tsem Rinpoche is a pleasure to read, he is very clear and down to earth and real. In fact he's a fully realized master as you can see when reading. This books is good for everybody in a Sangha. He lays it on the line as far as our obscurations and downfalls and shows us ways out. He doesn't pull any punches. He clearly understands the dynamics of a Sangha which, when you read, are universal. You see how your Sangha is not unique. I can't say enough good things about this teacher and his teachings even though we are not in the same lineage.
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A wonderful book for anyone who has ever been part of a spiritual group and couldn't figure out their teacher or the group. The title is not a description of this book, which describes in an increasingly complex format, how gurus are not for hire, enlightenment is not for sale, appearances to the contrary. I purchased it for a friend on the verge of leaving a spiritual path she's followed twenty years, and it helped her understand the role crabby fellow diciples play in helping a person gain insight into themselves and greater strength. It made her appreciate all the responsibilities a lama has in America, not only to teach but also to create a thriving community and a place of study.
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