Does karma leave any room for self-determination, or are we totally at the mercy of fate? Gelek Rinpoche explains how the law of karma works within the individual. By understanding ego and habitual patterns we find the key to freedom from pre-determination.
Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, bestselling author and internationally
renowned Tibetan Lama Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche brings his traditional Buddhist
training into strong dialogue with science, psychology, medicine, metaphysics,
politics and the arts; he skillfully addresses the dilemma of living a spiritual
life in a material world. His collected works now include over 30 transcripts of
his teachings, numerous articles as well as the national bestseller Good Life,
Good Death (Riverhead Books, 2001) and The Tara Box: Rituals for Protection
and Healing from the Female Buddha (New World Library, 2004). Rimpoche is a
U.S. citizen and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, Rimpoche founded Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center with
chapters in the US, Europe and Asia. Jewel Heart offers a multi-layered program
for spiritual development, including weekly webcasts, annual retreats and
special events. The organization also supports senior lamas and the training
of young monks, a children’s school and orphanage, and Buddhist performing
arts tours. Sales from the Jewel Heart Store support Tibetan refugees and
monasteries in India and Nepal.
Gelek Rimpoche has consistently shown resiliency and flexibility of character
and sound understanding of selflessness. He can be an elegant lama in a
formal setting . . . a wise advisor in another setting . . . a loyal and creative
colleague in the endless work of seeing to the continuing usefulness of the
—Robert A.F. Thurman
Gelek Rimpoche’s mix of astute psychological insight, extraordinary intellect,
and great compassion—plus delightful wit—makes him a wonderful, wise
spiritual friend and guide.
Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality,
humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life.