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The Teacher-Student Relationship

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It is crucial for students of Vajrayana Buddhism to find an authentic wisdom teacher and know how to properly rely upon that teacher in order to awaken to their buddha nature and thereby attain full enlightenment. Fortunately, the topic has been thoroughly explored by Jamgon Kongtrul in the tenth chapter of The Treasury of Knowledge. This essential text clearly lays out wh ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Snow Lion
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Pemasiera
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
While this relationship is so vastly emphasised and cherished in Tibetan Buddhism not much is written about it. Indeed this manuscript when not dealing directly with Jamgon Kongtrul heavily quotes "The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche. What I did like about the book was thatit outlined in clear detail the qualities and responsibilities of both guru and student. This is not a conversational book, it's an outline book going over a lot of information. with some commentary. Very good ...more
Mark Sobralske
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Feels weird rating Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. What can I say?
I think if the translation had been done by someone like Erik Pema Kungsang it would be more interesting. Nevertheless, the book is useful for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism in examining this important relationship with the teacher.
It is written in a similar style to the Jewel Ornament of Liberation and is a great reference or read, front to cover.
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The first Jamgon Kongtrul, Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé (འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས་ 'jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha' yas), was one of the preeminent scholars in 19th century Tibet, often referred to as Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. The name Kongtrul is a contraction of Kongpo Bamtang Tulku, of whom he was held to be an incarnation. He also was a tertön, or "revealer of Dharma treasures," a ...more