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Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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Blazing Splendor paints an intimate portrait of the lost culture of Old Tibet and of a remarkable man who inspired thousands. A memoir in the form of tales told by Rinpoche toward the end of his life, the book spans his lifetime — a lifetime rich in adventures of both spirit and body. His reminiscences weave a rich tapestry of family history and also describe the lives of ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published August 4th 2005 by Rangjung Yeshe Publications
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Dec 18, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
Wonderful stories told by Tulku Urgyen about his great grandfather, the famed Khampa terton, Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870), who together with Jamgön Kongtrül and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, created a Buddhist revival centered in the Kham kingdoms of Derge and Nangchen that gave rise to many of the teaching lineages which have since come to the west.

Tulku Urgyen also tells stories about the 16th Karmapa, and several of his teachers, his escape to Nepal, and his four sons, each of whom is currently a r
Jun 07, 2010 Jeremy rated it really liked it
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A good example of a contemporary Tibetan Buddhist memoir. Tulku Urgyen was a highly respected teacher, regarded by many as a realized being. In that way, this book is potentially of great interest to those seeking to understand Tibetan Buddhist and the nature of study and contemplative practice in that tradition.This book is not so overrun with genre requirements as many Tibetan biographies, but also far from general interest. Recommended for people who already have a significant understanding o ...more
Francis Fish
Apr 25, 2010 Francis Fish rated it really liked it
The book is worth a read to get an insight into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, and the life of a tulku, which is the living incarnation of a revered master from the past. Urgyen talks about his life and the people he knew, including his formidable grandmother, and also covers some of the things that happened to the sacred teachings when the Chinese invaded Tibet.

I think that, if you aren't a Buddhist, you may find the book a little dry. I enjoyed it and found it an interesting relief to some of
Mark Sobralske
May 25, 2012 Mark Sobralske rated it it was amazing
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What a fantastic read! So exciting to read about the last generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters in Tibet before the communist invasion and all from the point of view of a Buddhist master himself, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
I especially liked the stories about the 15th as well as 16 Karmapas in Tibet.
The book helped me understand the arrangement of some monasteries in Boudha, Nepal and how they came to be, after the teachers came down from Tibet.
Dec 14, 2012 Nate rated it it was amazing
well written. entertaining, sad and funny at times written by a very humble but highly realized masters who rubbed shoulders with other highly realized master. But reading this then you can see why people want to love in the old authentic Tibet and not the Disneyland one of the tourist mundane world or the harsh propaganda of material world.
David Scharff
Feb 04, 2008 David Scharff rated it it was amazing
Wow...what an incredible book filled with stories of amazing beings. And the most amazing of them all is the author himself, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. You can learn so much from these much about real Dharma and genuine holiness.
Aug 17, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in Tibet, and or Buddhism, this book is a journey from the past to the present. Its like Magic and Mystery in Tibet, only more believable. Incredible tales, and very inspiring.
Isaac Spencer
Aug 23, 2010 Isaac Spencer rated it it was amazing
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Extremely rich and inspiring. Full of amazing stories.
Nov 06, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Excellent tales of old Tibet and the diaspora to Sikkim, India and Nepal. Any one will enjoy this book and Buddhists will especially benefit from reading it.
Dec 09, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT book. I read and re-read this!
Jan 10, 2016 Aleksandra rated it it was amazing
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One of the best books about lineage history.
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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche ((Tibetan: སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, Wylie: Sprul-sku O-rgyan Rin-po-che, where "Rinpoche" is an honorific meaning "Precious One," not a surname) was a Tibetan Buddhist Lama of the Kagyü and Nyingma schools, and a teacher of Dzogchen. He is most widely known in the West through the works of Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt.
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