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Brilliant Moon: The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse

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Through lively anecdotes and stories this highly revered Buddhist meditation master and scholar tells about his life of study, retreat, and teaching. The formative events of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s life, and those insights and experiences that caused him to mature into the warm, brilliant, and highly realized meditation master and teacher he was, are deeply inspiring. Th ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Shambhala
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Dec 14, 2009 Pemasiera rated it really liked it
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is one of very few exceptionally learned teachers escaping from Tibet as the Chinese closed in and coming to the West as well as India to teach. It's always inspiring for Tibetan Buddhists to read the stories of these magnificient men and women. This is the second one I set my sights on this summer. I was surprised that it was an autobiography (at least halfway). But then it was his Excellency reporting many many years of giving and receiving empowerments, reading transmi ...more
Jared Della Rocca
I’ve tried to be honest in my reviews, and unfortunately at times that doesn’t come across well. But my reviews are how I felt about a book and what it was like, for me, to read it. With that stated, I was totally turned off by Brilliant Moon. The narrative was so filled with names of teachers, living and deceased and references to Buddhist writings, prayers, and rituals that I found it mostly incomprehensible. Khyentse wrote, it seemed to me, for those who were already familiar with Buddhism an ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it
You have to get to the second part of the book where relatives and friends tell such amazing stories, it highlights all the more how humble Dilgo Kyentse was for not mentioning most of them.

The movie of the same name is also very inspiring
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Jul 12, 2011 Mark Gelula rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. I love Khyentse Rinpoche and this book has helped me to learn so much more about him.
Feb 21, 2013 Micah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the stories just left me in awe and were deeply inspiring.
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Enjoyed second part a lot..
Sep 22, 2013 Marcia rated it it was amazing
One of the best written Biographies of Tibetan Spiritual masters I had encounter so far. I went through entire book in one day and could not stop. Greatly written, well edited and easy to read. "A must", especially for any one considering himself one of the Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche students.
May 05, 2009 Duncan rated it it was amazing
What an amazing life. Some of it was hard to read, but after reading I would feel great and inspired.
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H.H. Khyabjé Dilgo Khyentsé Rabsel Dawa Rinpoché (Tib.: དིལ་མགོ་མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རབ་གསལ་ཟླ་བ་ Wylie: dil mgo mkhyen brtse rab gsal zla ba) was a Vajrayana lama and Supreme Head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism from 1987 until 1991. He was hel to be the "mind emanation" of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892).
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