By Thinley Norbu
Personal memories of an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist grasp, starting from touching memoir to funny storytelling, from sharp cultural statement to deeply felt verse--illustrated with infrequent photographs in complete color.
Illustrated with colour images released for the 1st time, this university of recollections presents a unprecedented glimpse into the lifetime of an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist instructor. the writer units a mystical temper as he describes his early years in "Snowland" (Tibet) as considered one of seven little ones of a popular Nyingma grasp. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche's storytelling alternates earthy humor with poetic sensitivity and smooth sensuality. Describing his travels in Asia, Europe, and the United States, he provides thumbnail sketches of individuals and locations, in addition to sharp-sighted observation on Western cultural developments and Dharma scholars' optimistic and unfavorable features. greater than simply an autobiography, this written supplying is an expression of Rinpoche's knowledge, compassion, and private recognition.
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63 In London, 1980. 64 On the avenue, especially near the Queen’s palace, there are tall police with black hats and long guns. They stand in small guardhouses that look like copies of standing coffins made to fit their bodies exactly. They never move. If you do not watch carefully, you can misunderstand and think they are mannequins of soldiers. When I peeped through the gate of the palace, I did not notice they were living beings until they hit the rings on their thumbs against their guns as a signal to tell me to stop peeping.
We bowed and 38 exchanged scarves, according to Dharma custom. When we use long white scarves, the length is symbolic of continuity. The white color is symbolic of pure intention; of faith when we offer them to statues, of devotion when we offer them to teachers, of respect when we offer them to parents, and of love when we offer them to friends. Then we sat and drank auspicious, welcoming tea and ate rice, talking in a formal style; but my mind was searching for that exotic girl. My future mother-in-law was there.
In order to destroy foreign countries, they make bombs that they cannot use without destroying themselves, and their dangerous war-weapons accumulate for generations, increasing fear. Your continuous, kind love-weapon penetrates throughout the world, creating peace and understanding. When they die, their precious possessions stay behind in a Swiss bank, causing family feuds. When you died you left behind just one old walking stick and went freely in the ten directions of the Bodhisattvas’ land, leaving the gift of your Bodhisattva actions.
A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan: Autobiographical Reflections by Thinley Norbu