The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chokyi Wangchug
Author: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Pubpsher: North Atlantic Books
The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds: The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug presents an engaging account of the life of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug, a realized Tibetan tulku (reincarnated lama or teacher). The book's historical references provide a detailed portrait of Tibet on the verge of invasion and occupation by Chinese forces in the decades leading up to 1959 when Chinese repression led the Dalai Lama to take refuge in India. Narrated by Chökyi Wangchug's nephew, author and international Tibetan teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, this inspired biography describes the extraordinary events of Chökyi Wangchug's life during this momentous period in Tibetan history. Born in 1909 in a valley south of Derge, an ancient center of Tibetan culture, Chökyi Wangchug was recognized at an early age as a reincarnation of a tulku and thus received Buddhist teachings from the greatest masters of the epoch. A privileged observer of his uncle's life, Namkhai Norbu reveals the complexity of Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy and the conflicts caused not only by Chinese forces, but also by people close to Chökyi Wangchug who had become members of factions motivated by bigotry and personal greed. Despite the difficulties he encountered, he maintained a state of equanimity and dedicated himself to a life of peace and compassion for all sentient beings. Ultimately tortured and imprisoned by the Chinese, he and two other realized Tibetan teachers passed away at the same moment while meditating. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body, and the Case of Khenpo A Chö
Author: Francis V. Tiso
Pubpsher: North Atlantic Books
Francis V. Tiso, a noted authority on the rainbow body, explores this manifestation of spiritual realization in a wide-ranging and deeply informed study of the transformation of the material body into a body of light. Seeking evidence on the boundary between physical science and deep spirituality that might elucidate the resurrection of Jesus, he investigates the case of Khenpo A Chö, a Buddhist monk who died in eastern Tibet in 1999. Rainbow Body and Resurrection chronicles the dissolution of Khenpo's material body within a week of his death, including eye-witness interviews. Tiso describes the spiritual practices that give rise to the rainbow body and traces their history deep into the encounter of religions in medieval Central Asia. His erudite exploration of the Tibetan phenomenon raises the fascinating question of whether there is a connection between the rainbow body and the dying and rising of Jesus. Drawing on a wealth of recent research, Tiso expands his discussion to include the contemplative geography out of which Dzogchen arose some time in the eighth century along the great Silk Road across Central Asia. The result is an illuminating consideration of previously unimagined relationships between spiritual practices and beliefs in Central Asia. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This antiquarian volume contains a comprehensive treatise on dry-fly fishing, with both theoretical and practical information for the dry-fly fishing enthusiast. Although old, the information contained within these pages is timeless, making this both a handy resource and a great addition to collections of fishing literature. The chapters of this volume include: 'The Dry-Fly Fisherman's Gear', 'Floating Flies and Sunk Flies', 'How to Cast', 'Where to Cast', 'When to Cast', 'Studies of Fish Feeding', 'Circumstances Affecting the Angler's Sport', 'Selection of Fly', 'Evening Fishing', 'Autopsy', 'Trout or Grayling', 'The Management of a Fishery', et cetera. This text is being republished now complete with a specially commissioned introduction on the history of fishing.