Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Chöje Akong Rinpoche

Chöje Akong Rinpoche is a tulku in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and a founder of the Samye Ling Monastery. He was born in 1939, near Riwoche in Kham, Eastern Tibet. At the age of two he was discovered by the search party seeking the reincarnation the previous (1st) Akong, Abbot of Dolma Lhakang monastery in the Chamdo area of Kham. The search party was following instructions given by the 16th Karmapa. Akong Rinpoche is my teacher and guide of over 30 years.

This text is based on 20 years' Buddhist teaching in the West, and aims to help those seeking the truth about suffering and happiness. The first part deals with topics such as: impermanence; the right motivation; facing the situation; body, speech and mind; compassion; and mindfulness. The second part is devoted to exercises, meditations and relaxation techniques for body and mind, including: feeling; openness; taking suffering; bringing the Buddha to life; and universal compassion. The exercises, designed to provide a base of self-knowledge, mind-therapy and self-healing, have also been found beneficial in therapy workshops and in the treatment of psychological problems. The author comes from the Samye-Ling Tibetan Centre in Eskdalemuir, Scotland. Taming the Tiger: Tibetan Teaching for Improving Daily Life .

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