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The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones: The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action: A Discourse Virtuous in the Beginning, Middle, and End Paperback – January 26, 1993
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan
About the Author
Patrul Rinpoche (18081887) was one of the greatest Tibetan teachers of the nineteenth century. Famous for his precise and direct style, he shunned high monastic office and lived the life of a homeless wanderer, writing his book in a rustic hermitage under an overhanging rock.
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The book is a commentary of Patrul Rinpoche's "The Heart of The Enlightened Ones". It begins with the commentary but also contains the root text of Patrul Rinpoche's writing. There is a short biography included of Patrul Rinpoche and also of Dilgo Khyentse. That was a real treat! Also included are a section of notes, a bibliography and an index. The root text contains the Tibetan script as well as the English translation.
This book is a real treasure. We are so fortunate to have great masters translated into English. Dilgo Khyentse explains the importance of Chenrezi's six-syllable mantra [Om Mani Padme Hum (page 58)], as well as the importance of intention in regards to action (page 66) and how to handle wrongdoing and accumulated negativity (page 68). This book is full of great instruction, explanations of Tibetan Buddhism, and wisdom.
This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about practicing Tibetan Buddhism. It's great to get back to the basics of practice. I will definitely come back to re-read this book again. Once is simply not enough!
THE HEART TREASURE OF THE ENLIGHTENED ONES is the title of a Buddhist poem by a Tibetan Buddhist master, Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887). This poem takes up 42 pages at the end of this book. The poem is printed in both Tibetan and English, with the Tibetan text printed on one page, faced by the English translation on the opposite page. Therefore, the English text of this poem takes up only 21 pages of this book.
The celebrated, 20th Century Tibetan Buddhist master, Dilgo Khyentse (1910-1991) contributes a 161 page "commentary" on Petrul Rinpoche's 21 page poem. Dilgo Khyentse's commentary is the "heart" of this book. This book offers a unique opportunity for readers to obtain an impression of the Buddhist scholarship of Dilgo Khyenste, who is the subject of a biographical film entitled BRILLIANT MOON.
In its original Tibetan, Petrul Rinpoche's poem is purportedly a LITERARY masterpiece. However, this literary masterpiece quality is probably lost in English translation.
A unique and fascinating feature of this "book" is that the text of Dilgo Khyenste's "commentary" was not written by Dilgo Khyentse, but spoken, in an "oral transmission." As the "Translators' Preface" notes (p. xiii - upper case for emphasis): "Although the commentary is presented here in the form of a book, it should not be forgotten that it is not a text that Khyenste Rinpoche wrote down over a period of time and then pondered, corrected, revised, adjusted, added to, and deleted from. HE SIMPLY SPOKE IT, JUST AS IT IS."
An odd feature of Dilgo Khyentse's oral transmissions is that, when listened to, his oral delivery is robotic, in a monotonous monotone, without any pauses for, e.g., emphasis, like he is reciting a Buddhist chant. But what he actually says is "alive" in rich content. His Buddhist mind is like a computer, processing it's Buddhist data base - quite a tour de force.
The nature of Dilgo Khyentse's oral delivery is wonderfully illustrated by a "film clip" in a DVD about Dilgo Khyentse entitled BRILLIANT MOON. In this film clip of a Dilgo Khyentse oral "teaching," the English translation of his words is printed at the bottom of the screen, as he speaks. The text of the English translation indicates that he delivers a composed statement of compelling wisdom, precise and well stated. However, this oral "teaching" is sound recorded and, in English translation, may have been edited (for clarity). There is a total disconnect between the rich content of his oral teaching and his method of oral delivery.
Parenthetically, Patrul Rinpoche - who authored the poem which is the subject of Dilgo Khyenste's commentary - also authored a magisterial tome entitled WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER, a comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhism - which appears to be his magnum opus. Most of Patrul Rinposhe's written work has not survived. The first Yale University Press edition of WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER was published in 2011, comprising an intimidating 500 pages, with the twice the number of words per page as in Dilgo Khyenste's THE HEART TREASURE OF THE ENLIGHTENED ONES.