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The Life of Shabkar has long been recognized by Tibetans as one of the masterworks of their religious heritage. Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat after his inspired youth and early training in the province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary Buddhist masters. With determination and courage, he mastered ...more
Paperback, 712 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Snow Lion (first published January 1st 1994)
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Max Rohde
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This is a bit of an odd book. Whereby it must be added that it is most likely odd only from a modern Western perspective.

I did not manage to finish this book but I think I read a good 30 or 40%. Below I summarize some of the things which I have learned about Shabkar while reading the book:

He denounces material possessions:


One day a poor Mongolian vagabond turned up. Rifling through my provision bags, he set about stealing one of them. At that very moment I said: Thief, you have come! Wonderful!
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Carrolldunham Dunham
Magnificent translations of a great Tibetan yogi
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I dipped in and out of this exhaustive and thorough tome, as I was using it primarily for Ricard's incredibly inclusive index.
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very good book, give you a lot of aspiration
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Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdröl (Tib. ཞབས་དཀར་ཚོགས་དྲུག་རང་གྲོལ་, Wylie. zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol) was a Tibetan Buddhist lama and Dzogchenpa considered to be an emanation of Milarepa due to his yogic lifestyle and prolific composition of spontaneous poetry and songs.