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Compassionate Action Paperback – April 4, 2007
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"Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche . . . is renowned throughout the Tibetan community, . . . a legendary adept who—like the great sages and hermits of the past—has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples. It is truly wonderful, therefore, that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
"This little book is an inspiration of immense value to all serious practitioners of the Buddhadharma."—The Mirror Newspaper, published by the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
"Provides wonderful insight into the diversity of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition."—The Feminist Review
"Compassionate Action is a jewel. Chatral Rinpoche's teachings are clear, compassionate, and uncompromising. Compassionate Action is essential reading for Tibetan Buddhists and indeed for Buddhists of all schools."—Norm Phelps, author of The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights
"Compassionate Action is a 'must-read' for anyone seeking to learn from this quintessential wise and holy man. . . . Highly recommended."—Wisconsin Bookwatch "This book provides a series of inspiring insights into the beliefs of someone who has devoted more than eight decades to the intensive practice of Dharma and who has little time for the many ways in which people fool themselves—while at the same time caring passionately about their development towards an enlightened state."—Thar Lam journal
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Chatral Rinpoche, the quintessential "hidden yogi," has been a legend in the Himalayan region for the past seventy years. Although he has never traveled to the West, his amazing story and teachings have gradually been infiltrating the Western Buddhist consciousness since Father Thomas Merton first met him in 1968 and famously remarked that he was "the greatest man I ever met."
This is the first English-language book of this living legend, and includes his biography and autobiography, six of his essays, five prayers he composed, an exclusive interview, and sixteen pages of photos from throughout his life.
"Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche...is renowned throughout the Tibetan community...a legendary adept, who--like the great sages and hermits of the past--has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples. It is truly wonderful therefore that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion."
--Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
"Compassionate Action is a jewel. Chatral Rinpoche's teachings are clear, compassionate, and uncompromising. Compassionate Action is essential reading for Tibetan Buddhists, and indeed for Buddhists of all schools."
--Norm Phelps, author of The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights
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Zach Larson has done a wonderful job editing the book. It's clear and concise, and full of great stories about Rinpoche's life and times. There are also many photos of Rinpoche, his family, and other eminent teachers. Included in the text of the book are several teachings given by Rinpoche that I found deeply moving.
I highly recommend COMPASSIONATE ACTION. It's a book that you'll easily read several times.
Oh, my other favorite is WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER. I'll have both of these books with me for the remainder of this life time.
The rest are just anecdotes and some superficial information about His Holiness Chatral Rinpochè. It doesnt make any substantial contribution in order to know the heart of this Buddha from the Himalayas, neither about his training methods . That`s all.
The highlight of Compassionate Action for me was his explanation of one of his most well known actions. He releases 70 truckloads of fish from the market in Calcutta annually, an action that allows the live caught fish to re-enter life with a greater possibility of being born into Dharma practice and ultimately attain liberation. In an interview, he details his reasoning behind the sign that hangs in his monastery: "In this Buddhist monastery the consumption of meat, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco as well as playing cards or gambling is strictly prohibited." Citing the early teachings of the Buddha, and eventually basing his ideas on the laws of cause and effect, he simply notes the negative influence of both killing and not taking action to prevent the killing of other beings has on our own spiritual lives. Chatral Rinpoche is committed in his practices and beliefs around the preservation of all life -- insect, animal and human.
In the West we most often hear of the Dalai Lama as the foremost representative of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche has taken a different approach to his practice of the Dharma than the Dalai Lama. While the Dalai Lama makes great efforts to travel and teach as many as will listen all across the world, Chatral Rinpoche offers teachings to very few people, often only a few of those who have spent a minimum of six years at his monastery. He is a part of a complex system of lineage that has developed for centuries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In the end, I am still a bit confused about the exact meaning of it all, who is an "emanation" of whom, but appreciate the overall reverence for spiritual ancestry.