A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung by David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being compelled into exile from his fatherland by means of the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist colleges, he might finally develop into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much extraordinary students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a contemporary Buddha is totally annotated, and comprises images.

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Uncle Ngawang Nyima was not in favor of his nephew's going away to study, but he could not actually block the plans of his own teacher Gaton. 96 For the journey to Jyekundo, Dezhung Rinpoche's companion and attendant was Jampal Tendzin, the most active of his two mischief-making monk cousins. Everyone called this cousin Dzulo ("clown") because he liked nothing better than a good joke and to make others laugh. He wore ordinary monk's clothes, while Dezhung Rinpoche's horse and superior robes clearly marked him as a young lama.

Minyak, 1928. First of two surviving photographs. GG He had nothing to offer the masters in return for teachings, and chis created a serious difficulty. Once when Khyentse was giving a series of profound initiations and instructions, he tried co join the large assembly of students. Many people from all walks of life--monks, laymen, and laywomen-had come, numbering in the hundreds. Since no restrictions were being placed on the attendance, he thought chis might be the ideal chance finally to receive teachings from the master.

GG He had nothing to offer the masters in return for teachings, and chis created a serious difficulty. Once when Khyentse was giving a series of profound initiations and instructions, he tried co join the large assembly of students. Many people from all walks of life--monks, laymen, and laywomen-had come, numbering in the hundreds. Since no restrictions were being placed on the attendance, he thought chis might be the ideal chance finally to receive teachings from the master. He humbly crept in from the rear of the crowd and sat in the last row at the back of the temple.

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