Author: Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol
Translator(s): Matthieu Ricard / Jakob Leschly et al
Publisher: Shechen Publications
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
A celebration of Shabkar
THE LIFE STORY
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