Co-editing the book is a special relationship, as in shaping it through to its present form, it too has seen me through transformative changes.
This is a "cut" from my original Editors' preface that wouldn't go to print, but has its place to share what the work is about. Enjoy!
" This book is our homage to one’s spiritual friend, teacher, Guru. It is a resource of the life of the 1st Shangpa Rinpoche with precious anecdotes and recollections of so many whom he had touched.
We are in the presence of the 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche, as he shares his intimate perspective of the journey of his previous incarnation. On one’s own personal journey, may one be touched and inspired by his. His is a witness to the ultimate victory, to navigating and surmounting difficulty, and to serving the best cause in life.
In Patrul Rinpoche’s words, “No sutra, tantra, or sastra speaks of any being ever attaining perfect Buddhahood without having followed a spiritual teacher….Likewise, a spiritual teacher or companion is our true guide to liberation and omniscience, and we must follow him with respect. This is accomplished in three phases: firstly, by examining the teacher, then by following him, and finally by emulating his realisation and his actions.”
Whether you contemplate a potential spiritual teacher or already study with one, this book is filled with examples of the excellent qualities we look for in a true teacher. It is infused with the devotion, gratitude and excitement of unfolding blessings, that Rinpoche inspires and that we yearn limitlessly to share. "
Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche, Anila Zangmo, Chiu Yuin, artists, readers and contributors in all ways, my profound thanks.
Photo credit: Professor David Snellgrove