A favourite of Tibetans and recommended by the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist teachers, this practical guide to inner transformation introduces the fundamental spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The Words of My Perfect Teacher is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtig, one of the best-known cycles of teachings and a spiritual treasure of the Nyingmapa school, the oldest Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Patrul Rinpoche makes the technicalities of his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life. His style of mixing broad colloquialisms, stringent irony, and poetry has all the life and atmosphere of an oral teaching. Great care has been taken by the translators to render the precise meaning of the text in English while still reflecting the vigour and insight of the original Tibetan.
A preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, insightful introductory essays, explanatory notes, and classic illustrations enhance this quintessential introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice.
Paperback, revised edition, published in 1998 in very good condition. Binding sound and pages clean and unmarked internally. There are the very beginnings of slight foxing on the outer edges of the pages on the top and bottom edges, extremely slight and this does not extend in any way to the text. There are also one or two scuff marks, again to the outer edges of the pages, the covers themselves are virtually unmarked, albeit the corners of the covers are very slightly creased. Otherwise the book really appears unopened and unused.