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The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects Paperback – 1967
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These are "secret" teachings in the sense the book says they are: up to the hearer who hears them to realize the truth of the teachings, to penetrate their subtlety and depth. They are not often-repeated, worn-out teachings that everybody already knows. Not at all.Read more ›
Paraphrase between A David-Neel and her teacher as reported in the book (Note similarities to dialog of Don Juan and Carlos): "Why are these teachings secret? Does that mean I can't write and tell about them?" "No, Alexandra, these teachings are not called 'secret' because it is forbidden to talk about them. They are 'secret' because so few who hear them understand."
This and Zen-Flesh Zen-Bones are my staple books for staying grounded. They both help me keep in touch with reality and such.
It's a hard read, but it holds so much in it.
But the concepts/precepts contained in it REMAIN a "secret" to me, even to this day.
One thing I DO know for sure; you cannot KEEP this book! You will be tempted to loan it to someone, and they will NEVER return it. EVER. Even people who always return things will find an excuse to keep it, I know this for a fact.
This time, I ordered 2 copies. That makes a grand total of about a dozen copies I have purchased through the years.
After so many years, I am hoping to grasp the contents this time around. Have no doubt: the authors recognize the reader as likely an idiot, and say so. But they do their best to assist.
(If you want to see someone's head explode, try discussing the contents with a dyed-in-the-wool Fundamentalist Anything - or better yet, a Catholic. THEY will tell you all are simply "Mysteries" of the Universe!)
Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden allow one to unravel those mysteries, those "secrets" if you will. I think.
I dunno. 42+ years later, I still don't quite "get" it.
Good Luck to You!
Update: 45+ years study now, and I know even less now than I did back in the 60's when first gifted with a copy of this book. I don't know what I know as a result of reading this. I used to know what it was I did NOT know, but further reading has changed even that.
I am purchasing a copy today for my grandson. When I asked his age on his birthday recently, he stated "Everyone thinks I'm seven years old. I'm not supposed to tell how old I really am".Read more ›
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I've already re-read this book 2 times and am skimming through it a 3rd time. Really, truly fascinating and profound.Published 10 days ago by Sam
Any book or teachings recommended by Alan watts is a most read. However about half way through I found it to be redundant.. Read morePublished 24 days ago by me
This book has some great insights into life and universe for people who are interested in these things. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G.