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"Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime. . . . A source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike."—H.H. the Dalai Lama

"This thorough, well-conceived edition of an of an important text will be welcomed by scholars and serious practitioners of Buddhism."—Library Journal

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  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (February 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559391545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559391542
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Peacock Eye on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the splendid autobiography of Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangrol (1781-1851), a yogi who wandered far and wide expressing his realization, as a fully accomplished adept of the Great Completion (Dzogchen).

From the Foreword by HH the Dalai Lama: "Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime (...) as source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike." HH Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche: "As one reads it, one's mind cannot resist being turned toward the Dharma."

This autobiography is full of humor, wit and playful joy, intense self-discipline as well as magnificant flights of imagination. An accessible book full of telling stories, a must-read, must-own for those interested.

"Man -
If you have any self-respect,
A heart in your chest,
Brains in your head, and
Some sympathy for yourself,
Regret your past actions and
Improve your whole behavior.
It's time! It's very late!
- Shabkar
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kalden on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Considered as one of the master works of Tibetan religious heritage.

For people who have a connection with Tibetan Buddhism this book is a true treasure. And, dear vegetarians, you are right :-), many Tibetan Buddhists might prefer to ignore the fact, but Shabkar as a non sectarian Tibetan yogi gave up eating meat for the rest of his live when he was 27 years based on his sincere conviction that a Buddhist - at a certain stage - should gave up "the negative act of eating the flesh of beings" (p.232). See also his book Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat, ISBN 1590301161.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Roth on February 16, 2000
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Matthieu Ricard has created a work of art. Remaining true to the poetic beauty of the Tibetan original he has for the first time presented this important work to the west. Also, his notes and appendixes on historical and buddhist backgrounds are invaluable. For the first time the reader is presented with the life of a Tibetan saint and his lineage formerly largely unknown among western students of Tibetan buddhism. A tuely inspiring page-turner !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Parisian on December 11, 2011
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Full of wonderful gems. Perfect example of what a living Buddha would do. Shabkar embodies the Remi movement of Tibet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Never have I come across such an inspiring piece of buddhist literature. Plan on having your life and your practice changed forever after reading the life story of this amazing yogin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Johnson on October 18, 2012
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This is an excellent volume for any lover of Buddhist, especially Tibetan Buddhist, wisdom. The translation appears to be excellent, and the notes at the end of each chapter are extremely complete. The book is a tome. Yet it is well bound. And it arrived in excellent condition. Very glad to have it.
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