The Great River Of Blessings
An eBook Available Through The Sakyong Foundation
The Sakyong Foundation is pleased to host The Great River Of Blessings, a downloadable book by Walker Blaine. The Great River Of Blessings is an account of the Rinchen Terdzö conferred by His Eminence Tertön Namkha Drimed Rinpoche on Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the winter of 2008-2009. The Rinchen Terdzö is a three month long presentation of some of the most vital practices and instructions held by the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche received the Rinchen Terdzö directly from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
There is no charge to download the book. However, the author suggests that readers consider making a contribution to The Sakyong Foundation’s humanitarian work in Asia. Right now that effort is concentrated on road building in Chandragiri district, the heart of the Tibetan community in Orissa, India. Modern roads and drainage will greatly reduce malaria risk during the monsoon season. This will be of benefit to everyone in the region.
The Great River Of Blessings is lively and informative. Its 272 pages are filled with pictures and stories about the events in India, the history of the Rinchen Terdzö, its relationship with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and much more. The book concludes with supplementary essays on the connections between Shambhala Buddhism, the terma tradition, and creating enlightened society. The Great River Of Blessings also gives a basic overview of the Nyingma lineage in the context of Tibetan culture and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s life when he is in Asia.
A printed edition of The Great River Of Blessings can now be ordered from lulu.com for about $60. This is the lowest price for an on-demand book of this size with color photos. The Sakyong Foundation and the author receive no money from the sale of this book.
The Sakyong Foundation is also pleased to offer the list of the empowerments that were bestowed at the Rinchen Terdzö in Orissa. The 216-page empowerment list is presented in PDF format and was compiled by Patricia Kirigin of the Nalanda Translation Committee with reference to Tibetan sources and other translations of the list, notably the work of translator Peter Roberts.
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About The Author
Walker Blaine completed his bachelor’s degree at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 1986. After graduation he spent the next 15 years practicing and working in rural retreat centers in North America. From 2001 to 2008, he divided his time between retreat, pilgrimage, and study in Asia and the West. He is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Walker’s two CDs of Buddhist music, Highland Eyes and Body Of Light can be sampled at iTunes and at http://www.highlandeyes.com.