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Magical Play of Illusion: the autobiography of Trijang Rinpoche

Magical Play of Illusion: the autobiography of Trijang Rinpoche
Trijang Rinpoche
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As the mentor to the young Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoché became one of his most trusted confidants. Rinpoché's status gave him a front-row seat to many of the momentous historical events that befell Tibet. He observes the workings of Tibetan high society and politics with an unvarnished frankness, including inside details of encounters with Mao Zedong, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Pope Paul VI.

Most widely known as a yogi with profound, lifelong religious training, Trijang Rinpoché was also a statesman, a preserver of culture, a poet, writer, and artist. His autobiography is a beautifully written account of Tibetan life in the twentieth century, including intimate details about the upbringing of the Dalai Lama.

"Rinpoché's interests were varied and his field of mastery wide, ranging from classical philosophy to literature and poetry, and from traditional Tibetan healing sciences to the visual arts. The collection of his writings reflects his broad command of Tibetan cultural traditions. . .I feel fortunate to have been among the students of this great Tibetan master. I am profoundly grateful to Rinpoché for his kindness, for his teaching and transmissions, and for his personal friendship. It is a joy for me to add these few words of appreciation to the English translation of Trijang Rinpoché's autobiography."

—from the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"Kyabjé Trijang Rinpoché, the junior of the two great gurus of the Dalai Lama, was universally recognized as one of the greatest Buddhist tantric masters to escape to India following the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet in the 1950s. He was also amazingly humble and down to earth. His story is not only a personal autobiography but a glimpse into the beauty and wonder that was Tibet. It is a story filled with emotional peaks as high as the Himalayas and the emotional lows that came with the loss of homeland and subsequent destruction. A must read for anyone interested in Tibetan culture, history, and spiritual life."

—Glenn Mullin, author of The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation