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The Words of My Perfect Teacher, Revised Edition (Sacred Literature Series) Paperback – October 27, 1998
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"For all teachings on all practices, whether preliminaries or main, this text is indispensable."—Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, author of Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones and The Wish Fulfilling Jewel
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan
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That means to read and identify a point you need to learn. Then ruminate on it. Look at it from different angles. Decide whether you can accept this teaching or not. Then meditate on the point until you have completely absorbed it.
Regarding meditation on a topic, One text says to "Drive Impermanence into your heart."
If you use this book that way, it will change you.
The translators state that they made 3-4 revisions per page from the original to the revised edition. In a 400 page book, that's 1200-1600 revisions. Yes, they're probably small changes - I haven't gone through and actually looked for what was changed. But in a precious text like this one, which you will probably be taking into your heart and thinking about a lot, it seems well worth paying about a penny per revision.
If you're looking for a first introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, you will probably be happier with something like Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - again, get the revised edition. However, if you are looking for a deeper introduction to the ngondro practices, this is a book of great depth - and humor, and charm.
It seems a previous reviewer was upset that the translators didn't get it "perfect" the first time, and felt that a revision was merited. However, translation is very difficult; I'm glad that they incorporated new insights and clarifications into a revised edition.