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The Garden

A Parable
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Doubleday
 | 
February, 2000
ISBN:
9780385497893
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Michael Roach is a fully ordained Buddhist monk who received his geshe (Master of Buddhism) degree from Sera Mey Tibetan Monastery after 22 years of study. In The Garden, he brings to life centuries of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom through a parable—beautifully written—in which a young man is brought into a mystical garden by a beautiful embodiment of Wisdom. The nameless seeker lured to the garden meets many of the pantheon of great Tibetan teachers, the dominant historical figures who have contributed fundamental teachings to Tibetan Buddhism—such as Tsong Khapa, the first Dalai Lama, and Master Kamalashila. The Garden is a touching and inspiring story laden with lucid and entertaining narrative that reveals the essence of the Tibetan tradition.

I knew that what I had seen was true. I could never doubt these things again. I knew I was not mistaken, I knew I was not somehow deluded or crazy. I knew that no one, ever, could say anything that would ever make me doubt what I had seen.

I knew that I knew what every holy book in the world said; I knew that I knew the great ocean of knowledge entirely, as though it were reduced to a teardrop in a child’s eye. And I knew the truth of these holy books, and I knew I must give my life to keep them in this world, for others to come after me.

I loved every living thing. A light came out of my chest, a powerful pillar of light, with no color, and it went out, and it touched every living thing, and I knew then that I would always live for each of them, and only for them, and that there was nothing else for me ever to do.

Also by Geshe Michael Roach is The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Strategies for Managing Your Business and Your Life.

Publisher’s Description: 

With The Garden, centuries of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom are brought to life for readers by one of its greatest Western teachers, Michael Roach. Through a parable in which a young man is brought into a mystical garden by a beautiful embodiment of Wisdom, Roach presents the pantheon of great Tibetan teachers. The nameless seeker lured to the garden meets the dominant historical figures who have contributed fundamental teachings to Tibetan Buddhism, such as Tsong Khapa, the first Dalai Lama, and Master Kamalashila. Unique among works of Buddhism now available, The Garden is destined to become a classic for its lucid revelation of the secrets of the Tibetan tradition and for the wisdom Geshe Michael Roach evokes.

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