Thinley Norbu. A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar. Boston, Mass.: Shambhala, 2006. Hardcover, xxii + 312 pp.
To appreciate the great value of this work, it helps to know that its author, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, is regarded as an emanation of the fourteenth-century Nyingma master Longchenpa. He also happens to be the eldest son of Düdjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), who was the reincarnation (tulku) of Düdjom Lingpa (1835-1903) whose revelatory teaching (terma) on Concise Recitation of the Preliminary Practices forms the root text for the present commentary “A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar.” Included in this book is also Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s commentary—“The Light Rays of the Youthful Sun”—on his father’s treasure teaching on Fulfillment Liturgy of the Dakinis. Both concise root texts are given in Tibetan and in a continuous rendering at the back of the book.
The preliminary practices (ngondro) are fundamental to the practical path of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Often Western Vajrayana practitioners consider them unimportant and seek to bypass them. This book makes it clear why the ngondros need to be taken seriously: they are integral to the path.
Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s commentary is well grounded in tradition, supported by numerous citations from great Tantric and Sutric scriptures, and also helpfully lucid.
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