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Summary

Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that "when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.'" Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.

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this is a great book, but will have to revisit.

this is a great book, and is set out in a distinctive format. the depth of knowledge in this is incredible. this is my forth book on Buddhist teachings, but so far the best. I am so impressed but will have to listen again and again to understand the relationship between the path and my own.

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Inspiring!

If you are looking to increase your wisdom and disentangle yourself from everyday worries and self inflicted issues, this book is a great starting point!

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There are better ways to learn of Buddhism

It is an interesting topic and I have taken part in teachings by multiple lamas, but the back and forth between author and countless quotes make it exhausting to listen to this audio book.

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Great narration but too basic

This book starts really well, with a great narrator and a strong few chapters but then went down hill from there as it is more and more just about random quotes from spiritual masters, with stories so basic, sounds like it should be told to children. But did disappointed as most reviews were excellent.

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6 hours of 'quotes'

If inspirational flowery quotes are what you are looking for, then this is fine l guess, but l was looking more for 'how to apply' enlightenment in everyday life, not just listen to long winded pointless stories from Chinese monks.

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Invaluable

A beautiful guiding light on the path. Filled with subtle but profound wisdom. Wonderfully read, this is an engaging listen.

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A beautiful listen

Another beautiful listen full of thoughtful and inspiring words. The perfect narrator always helps .

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Great Heart Advice from the Tibetan Masters

A very practical and illuminating selection of heart advice from the Tibetan Masters. Of particular interest to anyone on the Mahayana path.

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struggled to get past the first chapter

Struggled to finish. Was looking for something a little more uplifting and up beat. Wasn't for me

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  • 14-08-15

Excellent

A great condensation of instructions from all the masters. MR always presents in a fresh way. This collection will rekindle your dharmic fire and keep it burning brightly

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  • Julia
  • 03-07-16

indeed this is a great book.

I have listened three times I have l found this book enlightening and calming. my complements to the author and the narrator.

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  • mayan5
  • 13-09-15

Great story and performance.

love it! It really is such an enjoyable read and provides such great examples about better ways to live your life, if you're inclined to practice a spiritual life.

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  • Allison Matthews
  • 08-12-16

Left me feeling confused

I am not an avid Buddhist practitioner but I listen to and read a lot of Buddhist material. This book seemed to get really negative at the end which left me feeling confused. First off it seems as if they expect you to find a guru and worship them. In the west, finding a guru can be very difficult, especially one who is truly on the path to dharma. Second it seems innately wrong to ever worship one person, it just seems counterintuitive to other Buddhist teachings. Lastly towards the end of the book it seemed to set forth a lot of rules. Almost as if saying "if you don't do it this way, don't bother." The beginning of the book was good, lots of good stories but the ending was pretty depressing.

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  • GaneshaX
  • 11-05-21

good material but annoying reader

I can't abide this narrator's affected voice. I wonder if it's his Buddha impression all breathy and spiritual sounding.

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  • David F.
  • 12-10-20

Thank you so much.

Matteiu Riccard and all of the profound teachers of the past and present who's words make up this book.
I am indebted to all of you. May I prove equal to the lessons here in this life.

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  • Simply Me
  • 22-08-19

Excellent Read

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and engage with them the material. It was an easier progression of knowledge to acquire.

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  • 25-06-19

Esoteric

Some good advice here but not really meant for the householder. I would recommend if your life is devoted to Dharma practice but not if you are a mother raising three small children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-18

A Vajrayana practitioners dream resource

Wow! this was one of the most useful books I've yet to buy. As a student of a Nyingma teacher, this pithy collection resonates powerfully. I am always amazed at the rhetorical variety and styles of the different masters. I will definitely seek this out in hard copy and keep it close at hand.

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  • Jose E. Alvarez
  • 14-03-15

Simply outstanding

I greatly enjoyed this audio book. Superb content and heartfelt narration. Highly recommended for beginners and experienced practitioners of Buddhism alike.

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