Excerpt from Book Two - Chapter 8:
"The first encounter I had with my Lama in prison was as simple as that, but due to this great blessing, I was saved from my downfall. In the beginning, prison to me was the worst of hell. In the middle, after I met Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche, the hard labor which I had thought as painful and fruitless ever so slowly became my daily Dharma practice. At the end, due to the unrepayable kindness and profundity of my master, prison became like a land of jewels, and the hatred and anger toward my enemies ended up being completely transformed. I did not return from the prison empty-handed. Suffering, the source of pain, became the catalyst. I was able to develop genuine altruistic aspiration under the guidance of Khenpo Munsel, and through that, to fulfill the purpose of my human birth in this lifetime. But I also would not hesitate to say that the real Lama, the real teacher who gave me the most invaluable instructions was actually suffering. Suffering was my greatest teacher."
From the very depths of our hearts, we pray that our collective efforts and aspirations, as writer and readers of the 8th Garchen Rinpoche’s life stories, become a source of never-ending dedication toward the full awakening of everyone—our enemies, our loved ones, ourselves, and all beings—now and for all lives to come. As we read, may true comprehension take hold of us, and through the living transmission and teaching Garchen Rinpoche has entrusted us with, through his life stories, may trust in karma and Bodhicitta arise, deepen & spread!
Book Two, designed and crafted with great care, aesthetic flair, and with love and gratitude, consists of 480 pages, including forewords from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Garchen Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and over 58 pages of full-color photos, some of which have been collected by the author on her lone trip to Lhasa in 2014 and have never been released in the past, and many other beautiful elements of surprise!
Garchen rinpoche's biography project
With Love and Gratitude Always