This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to EnlightenmentPaperback
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- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 18mm | 299g
- Publication date: 15 February 2005
- Publication City/Country: Boston
- ISBN 10: 1590301749
- ISBN 13: 9781590301746
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 151,023
Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders--the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma--Khandro Rinpoche explains why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual path and make the world a better place. The book includes contemplative exercises that encourage us to appreciate the tremendous potential of the human body and mind.
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Born in India in 1967, Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of Tibetan meditation master His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen and is herself a renowned teacher in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the head of a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in India and divides her time between teaching in the West, running the nunnery, and supporting charity projects for Tibetan refugees in India.
"The Four Reminders, explained here, form the bedrock of Buddhist practice. Khandro Rinpoche has had the benefit of combining religious upbringing and training with modern education, which lends a refreshing contemporary clarity to her explanation."—His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama "Khandro Rinpoche's teachings on the four elemental realities of our lives offer an inspired and vivid opportunity to connect with the profound simplicity of the Buddha's wisdom."—Sakyong Mipham, author of "Turning the Mind into an Ally " "This is a gem of a book, and throughout Khandro Rinpoche is uncompromisingly direct in her discussion of topics that are often stumbling blocks for Westerners."— "Buddhadharma"
Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders-the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma-Khandro Rinpoche explains why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual path and make the world a better place. She says, "Think of all the time you've wasted hesitating or feeling distracted, or expending useless energy feeling jealous or angry, or being selfish. At the time of death, you'll look back and it will all seem like a dream." The book includes contemplative exercises that encourage us to appreciate the tremendous potential of the human body and mind. They focus on how we can learn to see this life as a gift-and how, by achieving peace in our own lives, we can bring a seed of happiness to other people. Although raised in Asia, Khandro Rinpoche is well-versed in Western culture, which allows her to translate Tibetan Buddhist wisdom to Westerners with remarkable authenticity and immediacy. She is also one the most highly trained living Tibetan masters and has been teaching in the United States and Europe for over fifteen years, during which time she has attracted thousands of students. She brings a unique feminine perspective to the wisdom tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.