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The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects Paperback – 1967
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These are "secret" teachings in the sense the book says they are: up to the hearer who hears them to realize the truth of the teachings, to penetrate their subtlety and depth. They are not often-repeated, worn-out teachings that everybody already knows. Not at all.Read more ›
Paraphrase between A David-Neel and her teacher as reported in the book (Note similarities to dialog of Don Juan and Carlos): "Why are these teachings secret? Does that mean I can't write and tell about them?" "No, Alexandra, these teachings are not called 'secret' because it is forbidden to talk about them. They are 'secret' because so few who hear them understand."
This and Zen-Flesh Zen-Bones are my staple books for staying grounded. They both help me keep in touch with reality and such.
It's a hard read, but it holds so much in it.
But the concepts/precepts contained in it REMAIN a "secret" to me, even to this day.
One thing I DO know for sure; you cannot KEEP this book! You will be tempted to loan it to someone, and they will NEVER return it. EVER. Even people who always return things will find an excuse to keep it, I know this for a fact.
This time, I ordered 2 copies. That makes a grand total of about a dozen copies I have purchased through the years.
After so many years, I am hoping to grasp the contents this time around. Have no doubt: the authors recognize the reader as likely an idiot, and say so. But they do their best to assist.
(If you want to see someone's head explode, try discussing the contents with a dyed-in-the-wool Fundamentalist Anything - or better yet, a Catholic. THEY will tell you all are simply "Mysteries" of the Universe!)
Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden allow one to unravel those mysteries, those "secrets" if you will. I think.
I dunno. 42+ years later, I still don't quite "get" it.
Good Luck to You!
Update: 45+ years study now, and I know even less now than I did back in the 60's when first gifted with a copy of this book. I don't know what I know as a result of reading this. I used to know what it was I did NOT know, but further reading has changed even that.
I am purchasing a copy today for my grandson. When I asked his age on his birthday recently, he stated "Everyone thinks I'm seven years old. I'm not supposed to tell how old I really am".Read more ›
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An enlightening introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by a truly extraordinary human being was cited by Alan Watts in one of his lectures, and the book did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Colin M. Shawhan
She doesn't a wonderful job providing a rare insight into Tibetan culture through a Buddhist lens.Published 2 months ago by Consumer
This book is a must read for anyone interested in Mahayana Buddhism and "Waking Up".
This describes the Madhyamika sect of Mahayana Buddhism. Read more
one of my all time favorite books on Buddhism because of simplicity, clarity and great charts on the Skandas and such.Published 8 months ago by tellitru
This marked-up, shabby, little worn copy is changing my life! I've since bought all books by Alexandra David-Neel. She's my new Hero!Published 8 months ago by Nita Alvarez
A wonderful insiders view on an ancient tradition of teachings usually reserved for conversation between a teacher and a student. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Travis B. Eneix