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Secret Oral Teaching in Tibetan Buddhist Sects

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This is an account of the Madhyamika (Middle Way) school of Buddhism, a method of mediation and enlightenment that was developed by the great Indian teacher Nagarjuna. In a collaboration between the Frenchwoman Alexandra David-Neel and her friend, the Tibetan lama Aphur Yongden, these teaching are presented clearly and elegantly, intended for the layman who seeks a way to ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 128 pages
Published 1967 by City Lights Books (first published 1964)
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A must read for anyone interested in Tibetan mysticism, as are all of Alexandra David-Neel's books.
Raechelle Thomas
This book had bee sitting on the shelf for quite some time-and then a couple weeks ago I read the name of the author w/reference to this specific book twice in two days from two completely unrelated sources; I figured it was time to read the book.

I really enjoyed it-though I got lost a tad in some of the middle part-but it just really made me think and contemplate. I'm sure I will read it a couple more times over the next few years; when the time is right the middle part will make sense.
This woman is fascinating. Published in the 50s (?), this book was an early peek into the deeper tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. ADN incorporates a great deal of her own (western) perspective to give the reader some context, and she is clearly very well read in various schools of Buddhist thought, since she makes a number of comparisons between them.

I thought this would be a tough read, but it really wasn't. (To me anyway) it felt very accessible.
Lilly Miriam
First published in Calcutta in 1964.
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Alexandra David-Néel (October 24, 1868 - September 8, 1969) was a French explorer, anarchist, spiritualist, Buddhist and writer. She is most known for her visit to the forbidden (to foreigners) city of Lhasa, capital of Tibet (1924). She was born in Paris, France and died in Digne, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. She wrote more than 30 books, about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her well- ...more
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