The Life of Shabkar: Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin

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Shambhala Publications, Feb 6, 2001 - Religion - 712 pages
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 the highest and most esoteric practices of the Tibetan tradition of the Great Perfection. He then wandered far and wide over the Himalayan region expressing his realization. Shabkar's autobiography vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Tibet.

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This is one of my favorite books. Shabkar was transcendent! The most compassionate and fully realized Dzogchen Master. Well, ok, superlatives of that sort don't apply to Dzogchen masters in comparison. But the superlative applies without diminishing any other. Read full review

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Shabkar (1781-1851) was a Tibetan master who, according to the introduction by the Dalai Lama, is second only to the sage Milarepa in the regard in which he is held at all levels of Tibetan society ... Read full review


Meditation at Lapchi
Return to Central Tibet
Return to Domey
and Varahi
Glossary of Enumerations
General index

At White Rock Monkey Fortress
Pilgrimage to Central Tibet
The Ravines of Tsari
At Mount Kailash
Pilgrimage to Nepal
Index of persons deities and sacred images
Index of places
Index of Tibetan works

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Shabkar (1781–1851) was a renowned practitioner and teacher both of the Mind-Training and the Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a free spirit who chose to live as a hermit or wandering pilgrim without home or possessions, far from the organized life of religious establishments. He left behind many volumes of teachings, including a celebrated autobiography. He is famous for his concern for animals.

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