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The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds

The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug

by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

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Translated, edited, and annotated by Enrico Dell'Angelo

The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds tells the remarkable story of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug (1909-1960), a realized Tibetan trulku (reincarnated lama or teacher) and reincarnation of the great nineteenth-century master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Author, Dzogchen Buddhist scholar, and internationally known teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Chökyi Wangchug's maternal nephew and disciple, and himself a high-ranking tulku, describes in intimate detail the important events of Chökyi Wangchug's life, his spiritual practices, and the challenges he faced at a time of vast change and political upheaval in Tibet. Throughout his life, he maintained his sense of equanimity and dedication to the Buddhist teachings, even while navigating the complexities of Tibetan religious hierarchy and facing the immensely difficult situation in 1950s Tibet. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's son, Khyentse Yeshe, who was born in 1970, was recognized as the current reincarnation of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug by H.H. Sakya Tridzin, the head of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism.

"This book is a fascinating study of one of the major lamas of twentieth-century Eastern Tibet - up to his death a few years before the Cultural Revolution and his eventual reincarnation in Italy. All told from the perspective of traditional hagiography, The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds is filled with extraordinary details of the complex lives of Tibetan religious masters of this period."

Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard University and author of Apparitions of the Self, In the Mirror of Memory, and Women of Tibet

North Atlantic Books and Shang Shung Publications, 2012.

232 Pages

  • Homage 2
  • 1 The Reincarnations of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo 3
  • 2 Jamyang Chökyi Wangpo 7
  • 3 The Wamgo Tsang Family 13
  • 4 The Birth of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug 17
  • 5 First Studies and Spiritual Retreats 21
  • 6 The Ceding of Dzongsar Monastery 25
  • 7 Derge Gönchen 29
  • 8 Voyage in Amdo 33
  • 9 Pilgrimage in Central Tibet 37
  • 10 Galingteng 43
  • 11 Discovery of the Vajrapani Terma 49
  • 12 Extraordinary Feats and Encounters 55
  • 13 The Yedzong Terma 61
  • 14 The Vulture’s Phurba 71
  • 15 The Importance of Pure Vision 75
  • 16 An Exceptional Dream 81
  • 17 The Death of Togden Chamten 85
  • 18 The Invasion of Tibet and the Passing of Jamyang Kyentse Chökyi Wangchug 91
  • 19 The Death of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö 101
  • 20 Khyentse Yeshe 107
  • Chronology 113
  • Transliteration Table 117
  • Notes 135
  • Bibliography 181
  • Index 191

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