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Amrita of Eloquence

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A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
By Lama Karma Drodul translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso

Amrita of Eloquence is a luminous portrait of the life of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, one of the Kagyu lineage's most beloved and revered teachers. Beautifully written by Lama Karma Drodul (Rinpoche's nephew and disciple) and elegantly translated by Yeshe Gyamtso, Amrita of Eloquence describes Khenpo Rinpoche and his life with humor, lyrical beauty, and boundless affection.

The book is composed in the traditional style of Tibetan spiritual biographies, but is nonetheless completely accessible to modern readers. The importance of such biographies cannot be overestimated: studying the life of one's guru brings devotion, and devotion brings awakening.

Born in eastern Tibet in 1924, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche is one of the great masters of the Karma Kagyu tradition. Rinpoche, who received most of his training and education in Tibet before the Chinese invasion, is highly accomplished in meditation, philosophy, and monastic arts. As abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD) in Woodstock, New York; spiritual guide of thirty-five Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) affiliate centers; and retreat master at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York, Rinpoche has touched the lives of thousands of students. He is also known for numerous books, including The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen; Dharma Paths; Instructions of Gampopa; Bardo: Interval of Possibility, The Wish-Fulfilling Wheel: The Practice of White Tara; and the five-volume masterwork Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma.

"You light the beacon of dharma in a land where it was previously absent. You bring happiness to the minds of all kinds of beings. You are always on the path of nonviolence, peace, and happiness. Holy being with flawless morality, I pray that you remain."

 - Supplication written by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for the long life of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche


"Lama Karma Drodul has done a tremendous service to the Kagyu tradition by compiling this much-needed biography of this great modern-day Tibetan master. As it is said in the traditional teachings, "Masters of this stature are becoming rarer than a star in the midday summer sky."

- Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche