the essential jewel of holy practice

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“Dza Patrul Rinpoche was a humble monk and erudite scholar who dedicated himself to practicing what is taught in Śantideva’s How to Lead an Awakened Life...Patrul’s essential point is that we need to transform ourselves in thought, word, and deed, which requires mindfulness, introspection, and conscientiousness.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Emily McRae

The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice is a vibrant philosophical and ethical poem by one of Tibet’s great spiritual masters. Patrul Rinpoche presents a complete view of the path of liberation from the perspectives of the Madhyamaka understanding of emptiness and the Mahāyāna ideal of compassionate care refracted through the Dzogchen perspective on experience. This yields a sophisticated philosophical approach to practice focusing on the cultivation of clear, open, luminous, empty awareness and of liberation leading to the transformation of one’s moral capacity and sensitivity. Patrul Rinpoche’s verses speak intimately and directly to the reader and inspire one to develop one’s mind for the sake of ethical perfection and liberation.

The translators’ introduction provides a foundation for reading the poem and their commentary to the verses assists the reader in understanding Patrul Rinpoche’s allusions and technical terms.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 136 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $17.95
  • ISBN 9781614294474
  • ebook
  • 136 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614294634
about the author
The Essential Jewel of Holy Practice

Emily McRae is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. Her work addresses topics in Buddhist ethics, moral psychology, and feminist philosophy. She has studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the University of Wisconsin and Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

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