Rays of the Sun [paperback]
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In the early days of Vajrayana few Tibetan Lamas visited Britain, and eager students were often prepared to travel considerable distances to receive instruction. Yet some sought out a young Englishman recently returned from the Himalayas. Inspired by the magic and mystery of Tibet, they were keen to discover the lived meaning. Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s teachings were simple, direct, and experiential. The four evening talks contained here deal with the themes studied by everyone exploring Buddhism in depth: the four noble truths, eightfold path, causality, compassion and refuge. This material is discussed in creative contemporary English, and presented from a perspective informed by Dzogchen. Rinpoche was first asked to teach by Gétsulma Tsültrim Zangmo, a Western nun whom Rinpoche named ’ö-Zér Nyima after she received Dzogchen transmissions from him. ’ö-Zér Nyima means Rays of the Sun and this book is dedicated to the memory of... More > this extraordinary English woman.< Less
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Sep 28, 2010This book is an essential book for any practicing Buddhist in the West, in fact it is essential reading for anybody slightly interested in Buddhism or anybody who has ventured to question “just what exactly is going on here?” Anyone who has read anything by Ngakpa Chögyam will find all the greatness of his prose here, from arm bending analogies "Our perception is the legislation and our responses enforce it. We’re our own judge, jury, and prosecution. We sentence ourselves, gaol ourselves, and execute ourselves. This is the only entirely accurate legal system—but its accuracy only exists within its own frame of reference. Meditation is our only weapon against this repressive regime and it constitutes civil disobedience in the form of passive resistance." to the light-hearted humor that makes these teachings so toe-dippingly delightful, so swimmable really; full immersion is all you will want and yes the lifeguard is on duty, but he’s not gonna save you. There is plenty... More > enough in this book to save yourself and in fact there might be a little synchronized swimming in the deep end. The topics in this book are original talks, which makes them succinct, filled with anecdotes, color, and common experience, they are short enough to satisfy a proper introduction and so elegantly mirrored through Sutric, Tantric and Dzogchen teachings as to be panoramic in view. rays of the sun addresses the fundamentals of the path so accessibly that eureka gongs and lightbulbs are bound to syncopate in a sort of personal orchestra. Rays of the Sun does not bring Buddhism closer to the western mind in some sort of skingrafting adjacency, but shows that anyone with a mind is already involved with Buddhism. This book will show you how to discover it.< Less
Feb 1, 2010Ngakpa Chogyam has produced a work which deals with several complex subjects, yet presents them in language the average person can understand. His thorough understanding of Buddhism clearly shines through without overwhelming or confusing the reader. This is a work which belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in understanding the basic fundamental ideas which make the foundation of Buddhist thought and practice. The subjects are broken up into individual sections which are easily readable in a single sitting.
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- Aro Books worldwide (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Aro Books worldwide
- September 29, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.56 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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