- Series: Sacred Literature Series
- Hardcover: 485 pages
- Publisher: AltaMira Press; Revised Edition edition (October 26, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761990267
- ISBN-13: 978-0761990260
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Words of My Perfect Teacher: A Complete Translation of a Classic Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Sacred Literature Series) Hardcover – October 26, 1998
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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.
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I drive 3 hours a day, it's my only free time. Especially texts like this, need to be in audio books.Read more