The Life of Shabkar - The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin

The Life of Shabkar - The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin

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Author: Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol
Translator(s): Matthieu Ricard / Jakob Leschly et al
Publisher: Shechen Publications
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 705
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174720413


This work is a detailed narration of the life and liberation of the great vajra-holder Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, refuge and protector for all sentient beings of this dark age.

The Life of Shabkar has long been recognized by Tibetans as one of the master works of their religious heritage. Following his inspired youth and early training in his native province of Amdo under the guidance of several extraordinary Buddhist masters, Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol devoted himself to many years of meditation in solitary retreat.

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. His autobiography vividly reflects the values and visionary imagery of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Tibet.


It is alive, a tale with compelling magical adventures, the force of narrative, and great variety.

– Steven D Goodman, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

This is an accurate readable translation of an important Tibetan autobiography, rich with details about Tibetan culture, religion, attitudes, and practices.

-Janet Gyatso, Amherst College





Translator’s Introduction

A celebration of Shabkar



Early Years

Renouncing the World

Meeting My Teacher

Retreat at the Hermit’s Cave

Meditation of Tigress Fort

At the Heat of the Lake

Meditation at Mount Machen

At White Rock Monkey Fortress

Pilgrimage to Central Tibet

The Ravines of Tsari

At Mount Kailash

Pilgrimage to Nepal

Meditation at Lapchi

Return to Central Tibet

Return to Domey



List of Abbreviations

Glossary of Enumerations



Tables of Songs, Letters, Teachings, and Major Events