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Mastering Meditation


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His Eminence Choeden Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1930 and was recognized as a young boy as the reincarnation of the previous Choeden Rinpoche. When he was fifteen, he enrolled at Sera Je monastic college, where he excelled; he completed all the study necessary for the highest degree of geshe lharampa, was renowned as one of the great Tibetan teacher-yogis of our modern era, and was chosen as a debate partner for the Fourteenth Dalai Lama when His Holiness was taking his geshe exams. After the Chinese takeover of Tibet, Rinpoche entered solitary retreat, in which he stayed for nineteen years. In 1985 the Dalai Lama asked him to leave Tibet to teach in India and Nepal. He taught students in the geshe program at Sera Je for many years, as well as offering teachings all over the world. He passed away in 2015.


"My precious guru, H.E. Choeden Kyabje Rinpoche, was a true master of wisdom and skillful means. He was not only a consummate scholar of the highest order, but an enlightened being who embodied the highest qualities of compassion and loving-kindness. I had the great fortune to be with him constantly for many, many years. The peace and stillness he radiated was so profound that just being in his presence was itself a meditation. Through his deep serenity and insight, he lived in the quintessential nature of calm abiding and mahamudra. It is my sincere wish that readers of this book be blessed, as I have been, by Rinpoche's gentle and profound wisdom."--Khen Rinpoche Geshe Gyalten, cofounder with H.E. Choeden Kyabje Rinpoche of Awakening Vajra International
"I am immensely grateful that this fine book makes Choeden Rinpoche utterly present to my mind, and his deep and inspiring teaching gives me consolation! These greatest teachings are simple and direct, yet they give a powerful sense that the teacher actually knows what they mean, is sharing actual experience, not just description."--Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
"Kyabje Choeden Rinpoche was more kind to me than all the three times' buddhas. His teachings are not just words but come from a learned mind--and from experience."--Lama Zopa Rinpoche
"Kyabje Choeden Rinpoche was one of the great masters of the past century and the mentor to many of the senior teachers at Sera, including my own teacher Gen Thupten Rinchen. His broad and incisive understanding was supported by years of intensive practice, yielding the true fruits of the Buddhist path. For anybody interested in looking more deeply into the long-term goals of Buddhist practice, this book is an indispensable guide."--Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering, abbot of Sera Me Monastery and author of the Foundations of Buddhist Thought series
"This volume by one of the preeminent scholars and contemplatives of the Geluk tradition in recent times is bound to become a classic guide to unveiling the mystery of consciousness, which has thus far eluded modern science."--B. Alan Wallace, president, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

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