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A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche

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In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being forced into exile from his native land by the Communist Chinese. Already a revered master of the teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist schools, he would eventually become a teacher of some of Western Buddhism's most notable scholars. This is the inspiring and unlikely biography of a modern ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Wisdom Publications
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Scott
Jan 04, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
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I didn't read this cover-to-cover, but found it extremely useful for the detail historical and geographical information on the Gapa/Gawa region that was Dezhung Rinpoche's home.

This region, around the city of Jyekundo (Yushu in Chinese) where they recently suffered a devastating earthquake, lies between the historical kingdoms of Derge and Nangchen. Near the boundaries of modern Qinghai, Sichuan and the Tibetan Autonomous Region, this corner of Kham is still almost entirely Tibetan.

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Gerardo
Sep 26, 2016 Gerardo rated it it was amazing
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"A Saint in Seattle" is the biography of Dezhung Rinpoche, one of the most famous and influential Tibetan Sakya and Rimé (non-sectarian) masters of the 20th Century and a key figure in the seminal propagation of the Dharma in the West.

After escaping from Tibet when the Chinese Communist Army invaded it in 1959, Dezhung Rinpoche flew off to the United States with Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche (one of the two heads of the Sakya lineage) and his family. There, Rinpoche first collabora
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Gene
Aug 01, 2007 Gene rated it it was amazing
Seattle was the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism in North America, thanks to the efforts of His Eminence the third Deshung Rinpoche, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, and Her Eminence Dagmo Jamyang Sakya. Quite a fascinating biography to read, and a marvelous account of the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Buddhism in America.
Tenzin
Mar 19, 2008 Tenzin rated it it was amazing
A great book.
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