Words of My Excellent Teacher (Tib: Kunzang Lame Shyalung), penned by the terrific Nyingma grasp Patrul Rinpoche (1808–87), is an clarification of the preliminary methods (Tib: ngondro) from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings found out by 1 of the most essential figures in the Nyingma lineage, Jigme Lingpa (1730–98). This famed commentary is a penned history of the oral teachings Patrul Rinpoche obtained right from his instructor, Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu (1765–1843), who was a single of Jigme Lingpa’s foremost disciples.
Text of My Fantastic Trainer: A Finish Translation of a Common Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism was translated from Classical Tibetan into English by the Padmakara Translation Group, who were being also accountable for publishing the e book in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. This traditional Tibetan Buddhist text has now been translated into the Bulgarian language by Yavor Konstantinov and released on 10 February 2022 by East-West Publishing House in Sofia.
BDG a short while ago experienced the privilege of interviewing Konstantinov. He was born in Sofia, and been given a master’s degree in German philology and comparative literature from the College of Innsbruck, Austria. Konstantinov began translating Dharma teachings into Bulgarian and German following assembly his instructor, Pema Rinpoche of the Palyul Nyingma custom of Tibetan Buddhism. He has also translated Dharma books from German and English into Bulgarian. His translations include things like: Eight Several years in Tibet by Peter Aufschnaiter and In Appreciate with the Planet by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. In 2020, Konstantinov commenced operating as an editor of the Buddhist almanac Lotus, which is published by East-West Publishing Household two times a year and has been a wonderful results. He is co-founder and co-chair of Palyul Heart Bulgaria, founded in 2011 by Pema Rinpoche, as perfectly as co-chair of the religious group Nyingma Buddhism.
Buddhistdoor Global: How did your Dharma route start off?
Yavor Konstantinov: I first fulfilled my root trainer Pema Rinpoche in 2003, and a few years later I took the refuge vows from him. It was a turning position in my everyday living. In excess of the several years, I have been given teachings from him on both the preliminary and main procedures in the Palyul Nyingma custom of Tibetan Buddhism. Pema Rinpoche also produced it attainable for me to meet up with and obtain teachings from His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Palyul Chogtrul Rinpoche, and other excellent lecturers from his important lineage.
BDG: Can you briefly explain Patrul Rinpoche’s book?
YK: Patrul Rinpoche’s Phrases of My Fantastic Instructor is a typical introduction to the non secular practices frequent to all four major educational institutions of Tibetan Buddhism, prepared a lot more than a hundred yrs in the past. Although it presents the preliminary tactics of the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of teachings of the Nyingma university, this e-book carries a universal information that transcends all divisions of universities and traditions, and continues to sound applicable and contemporary in our modern occasions. Participating and extensive, Patrul Rinpoche, one of the finest Buddhist instructors of the 19th century, provides the whole Buddhist path to enlightenment.
BDG: How did you get to the notion of translating this book into Bulgarian?
YK: A extensive time ago, Pema Rinpoche pointed out this book to me as necessary for comprehension Buddhist practices. A yr back, I offered it for translation and publication to the renowned Bulgarian publishing house East-West, and a great deal to my delight they agreed. The English translation from Classical Tibetan was geared up by the renowned Padmakara Translation Team, also responsible for publishing the reserve in other important Western languages. The Bulgarian publisher shortly managed to prepare the legal rights, and the good thing is I was ready to meet Padmakara’s not-inconsiderable specifications as a Bulgarian translator. These requirements provided a particular level of apply, practical experience in translating Dharma guides, and so on. So, Words and phrases of My Ideal Instructor is now offered in Bulgaria in the fantastic edition posted by East-West Publishing Property.
BDG: Which of the book’s messages stays deep in your mind?
YK: Patrul Rinpoche’s book is an inexhaustible supply of knowledge. From it I have learned that the instructions of the trainer that expose our hidden faults really should not be taken as “a window via which to observe others’ faults, but rather as a mirror for inspecting your personal. Glance thoroughly within just on your own to see regardless of whether or not you have people concealed faults. If you do, recognize them and just take them out of their hiding put. Suitable your head and set it at ease on the correct route. . . .”
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