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Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness Paperback – Import, 2001
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About the Author
The Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche came to Europe at the request of H.H. 16th Karmapa in 1977. He is one of the most erudite scholars and accomplished yogins of the Karma Kagyu lineage of our day. He is especially well-known for his breadth of vision and the clarity of his Dharma expositions. While he unites prodigious scholarship with great compassion, he also embodies the training and temperament of a true yogin. In fact he is often compared to the great yogin Milarepa. Like him he is known for his spontaneous songs of realization. For decades he travelled around the world teaching wherever he was invited leaving an indelible impression on many sanghas. At the same time in conjunction with Thrangu Rinpoche he was training the next generation of Kagyu tulkus and khenpos at the Nalanda Institute for Higher Studies in Rumtek, Sikkim. He also founded and continues to support nunneries in Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. These are just a few of the things he has accomplished in his life. For more information go to his website - marpafoundation.org. Lama Shenpen Hookham had already studied and practised in retreat in India and Nepal under the direction of Kagyu Lamas for ten years before meeting Ven. Khenpo Gyamtso Rinpoche in 1977. She first met Trungpa Rinpoche in 1967 and followed his suggestion to go to India to take meditation instruction from Karma Thinley Rinpoche. When Karma Thinley Rinpoche left for Canada, she studied with Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche until in 1975 HH Karmapa asked her to return to the West to teach. She acted as Gendun Rinpoche’s translator in France for a number of years until Khenpo Rinpoche directed her to take her place at Oxford University where, in 1986, she completed her doctoral thesis on Tathagatagarbha doctrine according to the Shentong interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhaga, published under the title of ‘The Buddha Within’ by SUNY 1991. She married Michael Hookham (now known as Rigdzin Shikpo) in 1972. Khenpo Rinpoche encouraged Shenpen to establish the Awakened Heart Sangha and take charge of students as their Lama. This is now a worldwide spiritual community based in the UK. She spends most of her time in semi-retreat and in training her students. For more information about Shenpen and her teaching activity see www.ahs.org.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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