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mirage wrote:Hi everyone,
I am considering buying "Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche. The book is a bit expensive for me, so I decided to ask for advice first.
My problem: as far as I know, most of the book is devoted to explanation of Longchen Nyingthig ngondro. But when I (hopefully) will begin my ngondro, it will be Chokling Tersar ngondro, since that's my tradition. Will "Words of My Perfect Teacher" still be helpful for me?
Essentially, I was looking for a definitive Lamrim-level book for my tradition, kinda like Lamrim Chenmo is for Gelug school (I own it and liked it a lot). WoMPT always turns up first in any recommendations I find, but since it is heavily centred around ngondro of a different lineage, I am not sure if it is the right one for me.
heart wrote:The biggest part of "Words of My Perfect Teacher" is about the four thoughts that turn the mind. The Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro is very similar to the Lamey Tukdrup Barche Kunsel Ngondro that is normally called the Chokling Tersar Ngondro. So even most part of the Ngondro instructions are very similar. "Words of My Perfect Teacher" is considered a masterpiece, you don't have to have any doubts about it.
michaelb wrote:WOMPT is great. It is commentary on LN ngondro but is general enough to provide plenty of useful advice to anyone. You could also try Light of Wisdom, Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on Chokgyur Lingpa's Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=22157 It is in 2 volumes (or is there a 3rd that's restricted?) so, as money seems to be a consideration, it isn't cheap, but it is a Chokling Tersar Lamrim text which is what you want.
Edit: I just noticed there are apparently 4 volumes to Light of Wisdom. I've only read 2 and am guessing 3and 4 are restricted. On the cheaper side there's always the Great Gate.
mirage wrote:I own the first volume of Light of Wisdom, but I still have to read it thoroughly. For some reason I found it less easily understandable than Lamrim Chenmo: it often feels like Nyingma authors just tend to assume that reader had a far greater level of realization/understanding than I actually do. So I was hoping for something a bit more basic.
byamspa wrote:And if you get through WOMPT, there's a commentary on it too!