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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Barnes and Noble Recommendation

F., thank you for asking: “What are some good (buddhist) books that Barnes and Noble are likely to have?

The good folks at Barns and Noble can be remarkably accommodating. Tell them you want “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones” by Dilgo Khyentse. If they don’t have it in stock they can always order it, especially if you tell them the ISBN is: 0-87773-493-3 but why would you want that book?

The fourteenth Dalai Lama is asked to write the forwards to many books, most of the time his forwards could feel a bit perfunctory; something along the lines of, “Dharma is good, this is a dharma book, so reading it could be beneficial.” However the forward that the Dalai Lama wrote for “Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones” is the first time I say him pretty much gush. He explained that the root text “…comprises all the essential instructions…” he described the style in which it was written as being like “an elixir for reviving the dead” and he explained that the root text’s author, Dza Patrul Rinpoche, was “…a great Bodhisattva…” as well as a “…great, sublime, and learned practitioner…”.

I was first introduced to this text during my second three year retreat, and since then I have treasured it as the center of my practice. I can’t wait to hear how it benefits you.

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