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Fearless In Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal by Matteo Pistono

I enjoyed reading this biography and learning about Buddhism.

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I enjoyed reading this biography and learning some things about Buddhism.

  • Jun 5, 2014

Fearless In Tibet is a biography of Terton Sogyal.  Terton Sogyal seemed like an unusual name to me, but I found out that it is more of a title than a name. I learned that a terton is a treasure revealer and a sogyal is a king of merit.  I believe that people of all religions seek inner peace and some sort of reward.   Once I learned what this title meant, I wanted to learn more about this man.  Terton Sogyal began life as a son of a yak herder in 1856.  He became the spiritual teacher to the thirteenth Dalai Lama by following his spiritual prophecy and path  that started in his childhood.  He advised the Dalai Lama in a time when Russia and China threatened to invade Tibet.  This man lived to be nearly seventy years.  This is remarkable to me because of the lack of medical care at the time.  This Buddhist terton also became friends with a Muslim war lord and taught him how to liberate his mind from attachments. I think that another tenet of Buddhism is the ability to accept and value people from different religions.

This book is filled with photographs taken by Matteo Pistono himself.  He practices Tibetan Buddhism.  It took him fifteen years to research this book, because he spends time living between the United States and Asia  There is a picture of a phurba. A phurba is a dagger used in mediation that can used to increase compassion and destroy a person's ego.  There is a photo of a scroll that shows the depiction of yogi's hands and feet.   This is also a reference to life force stones that can used to prolong a person's life.  Just the mere description of stones with the potential to do this fills me with hope.     

I don't even practice Buddhism, but I agree with the four main principles of Tibetan Buddhism.  I believe that everyone has the ability to ease conflict and sickness.  I believe that everyone has the capacity to control the hostile forces in their mind and in life.  I believe that every person has the ability to create favorable conditions in their lives.    Everyone is born with the drive to live a long life and to succeed.    Another principle of Buddhism is to approach positive and negative conditions with the same calm state of mind.  These practices are hard for me because of my attachment to material things like money.  I will strive to develop a detachment to material things. I can eventually achieve these Buddhist ideals if I can do this.  I enjoyed reading this biography and learning some things about Buddhism in the process.

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June 08, 2014
Too much materialism is dangerous for any society to engage in. At some point, the spiritual side of life is important-particularly when you get older. See my book on "Immortality Commons" about conditions for living longer. http://www.amazon.com/Immortality-Commons-Dr...rds=dr+joseph+s+maresca
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