The Life of Shabkar: Autobiography of a Yogin, translated by Mattieu Ricard
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.
- Publisher : Snow Lion (Feb. 6 2001)
- Paperback : 712 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1559391545
- ISBN-13 : 978-1559391542
"Regarded by many as the greatest yogi after Milarepa to gain enlightenment in one lifetime. . . . A source of inspiration to Buddhist practitioners and general readers alike."—H.H. the Dalai Lama
"This thorough, well-conceived edition of an of an important text will be welcomed by scholars and serious practitioners of Buddhism."—Library Journal
About the Author:
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.