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Publisher's 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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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
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  • 09-13-15

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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A Master Selecting Masters' Teachings

Matthieu Ricard selects the passages included in this book elegantly and with a deep wisdom that can only come from a Master who has been touched by the void of bliss at the deepest level.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Monotone

The narration is very monotone and it was a bit challenging to keep alert. After a while, it kind of became white noise.

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Simply outstanding

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

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Deeply satisfying

Beautifully narrated by Eduardo Ballerina. a must for seekers on the path, full of wisdom!

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Amazing

The collection of heart advice is incredible and a must have to anyone having a dharma library

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helpful advice to keep your practice fresh

wonderful review for those on the path of Dharma. I appreciate the sincere quotes of serious practitioners and Lamas.