By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

ISBN-10: 0861713966

ISBN-13: 9780861713967

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being compelled into exile from his homeland through the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he could ultimately develop into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much impressive students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a contemporary Buddha is absolutely annotated, and comprises photos.

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As an exegete, he did not depend on Tibetan commentators, but based himself directly on the explanations of the Indian masters (in Tibetan translation). 107 He also wrote a similar gloss-commentary on one of the fundamental Nyingma tantras. Through this method he trained many of the most outstanding Khampa scholars of the next generation. It was said, for example, that Shenga's fifty students at Dzongsar turned into fifty seminary masters (mkhan po). <;lita and Gorampa, and of the Sakya learned tradition in general.

Shenga himself took a knife and deeply slashed the animal's belly. Suddenly the unborn foal dropped out, and the mare, though mortally wounded, turned her whole attention co licking and caring for the aborted foal. This poignant scene left a deep impression on him and turned his heart toward things of the spirit. Soon thereafter he met the great master from Dzokchen, the Fifth Grub dbang, Thubten Chokyi Dorje (1872-1935). " and gave him an upper robe. " ' 02 Shenga then ran away from home, renouncing lay life for good.

19 He practiced four meditation sessions per day (especially on Vajrayogini, Na ro Mkha' spyod rna), and at the end of his daytime sessions he would ring his bell. After this, sometimes people outside would come to the window of his retreat house and, by speaking through it, consult him. At first, since the little Konchok LhUndrup was too small to dress or go to the toilet by himself, his uncle had to care for him. After a year or so, the boy was old enough to help his uncle with small tasks, such as making tea.

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