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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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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan

About the Author

Patrul Rinpoche (1808–1887) 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (January 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. L Mcnamara on January 10, 2000
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As a beginning practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, I found this book to be an excellent guide to a simple, direct, yet pround practice. Dilgo Khyentse was one of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism and these teachings given not long before his passing are wonderfully fresh, realistic and down to earth about the things one faces in everyday modern life.
The practice it teaches is not difficult but it brings great peace and gives the reader practical ways to deal with the confusions and disappointments of modern life. Dilgo Khyentse was a teacher of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and there is no way to go wrong reading anything he has taught. Of all the books I have read on Tibetan Buddhism, this one is the most helpful and most delightful.
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The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones is an excellent guide for Vajrayana practice according to the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the greatest Tibetan masters of this century. The translator and editor of this book, Matthieu Ricard, is one of the ablest translators today. I was fortunate to receive the teachings in this book as they were given by Khyentse Rinpoche in France in 1986. Under Ricard's expert editorship, I think they have lost none of their freshness and relevance for those curious to know more about Tibetan Buddhism, and also for experienced practitioners who wish to understand the view, meditation and conduct of Buddhism more deeply.
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It has been said by those who know,

that His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

knows a thing or two,

about a thing or two.

In the forward, the Dalai Lama not only lauds this text

as containing ALL the Essential instructions

to accomplish full enlightenment in one life time,

but he goes on to compare it to an elixir for reviving the dead!

Having had the very good fortune to receive teachings

from every major and many minor Buddhist schools

this simple devotee to the Buddha of Compassion

can concur whole heartedly with His Holiness.

This book is so important,

that I have taken it as my Primary Text

and as such, read it from cover to cover,

Every Single Month.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, wrote this book

from the "Rime" or NON-sectarian approach.

It has something to offer everyone

from wide-eyed beginner to 9th level Bodhisattva!

Too many Americans have gotten distracted

from Buddha's path to enlightenment

by such things as:

Culture, Language, Tradition and Politics.

THIS text was designed to protect the reader

from such foolishness

and keep them alertly aware of what is most important

in their quest to accomplish the path in THIS life!

Many Theravadans and Gelugpas discribe the path of the Sutras

in terms of Renunciation, Compassion and Insight:

Dilgo Khyentse covers these from the perspective

of both a Scholar and a Yogi!
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For the second time this week, I spent time in two bookstores combing through the self-help sections and spiritual sections. I wished to buy a book to serve as direction, but could not, none appealed. Coming to the end of my browsing the second store, I came across this book. I read a couple of verses here and there, a line or two about the mind. It took me aback a bit, this was a different book. I kept the book back and continued to finish what remained in the section. I realized I unconsciously bowed my head and touched the book with my forehead as I replaced it, something I rarely catch myself doing. And I had not even read through this one. I eagerly returned to the book after a few minutes. It was not costly, I decided to buy it without further dallying.

Reaching home, the first thing I did was to see the amazon reviews. Hmm, 5 stars. But Buddhist books can be esoteric to the lay readers, or just skim the surface in a lighthearted style. Will it slake my heart's and mind's thirst? Does it dive into the esoteric or offer me a helping hand?

At the time of writing this review, I am barely six pages into the introduction. And I can already say that this is one extraordinary book, striking in its directness and immediacy. The first seven 'notes' I have encountered so far speak with brief, but extraordinary clarity about what the Buddhist and Sanskrit terms used mean. The introduction is merely about whether the reader has the right motivation to read the book. Otherwise, the book says, studying this text will just be a waste of time!

This is a no-nonsense work. It does not seem to be going into complex ideas and explanations so far, but is striking urgent.
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I bought this book from a suggestion of a Tibetan Master. I'm glad I did. It's a real gem. It is easy to read and easy to understand. You don't have to be a Tibetan Buddhist scholar to understand or benefit from the wisdom contained within these pages. This book is great for the beginner or the seasoned practitioner.

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!
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