The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogi

The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogi

The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogi

The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogi

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Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime...a source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike.--The Dalai Lama

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By His Holiness
the
XIVth Dalai Lama

The vast religious literature of Tibet can be divided into two kinds of books: those dealing with Buddhist teaching in a technical, analytical way, intended for those who have trained in logic and philosophy, and those which contain advice. The latter category consists of works which present the Dharma in a way that is accessible to people without special training. It includes, on the one hand, books which deal with the Stages of the Path, Mind Training, and so forth, and, on the other, books of an inspirational nature containing the lives of great practitioners, spiritual songs, and so forth. The special quality of these books lies in their universal appeal. The Life of Milarepa and his Hundred Thousand Songs, for example, are treasured in almost every Tibetan household and also would often be the only additional book that meditators took into retreat with them.

I am, therefore, delighted to know that the life-story of another more recent great practitioner, Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, is also to be published in English. Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime, he also lived the life of a wandering mendicant teaching by means of spiritual songs. Shabkar is particularly celebrated for the absolute purity of his approach to his lama and his personal practice, which freed him from the snare of sectarianism. He is also affectionately remembered for the kindness of his gently teasing humor.

This work will undoubtedly make a great contribution to the growing store of Tibetan literature translated into English, providing a source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike. I am glad of this opportunity to express my gratitude and admiration to Matthieu Ricard and other friends who have labored long under expert guidance to produce it.

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