A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)
A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)
A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)
A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)

A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)

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A Play of Magical Illusion (Tibetan)

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The Definitive Life Account of Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Junior Tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that includes his Renowned Autobiography and its Official Supplement, with Comprehensive Features.

In any highly successful professional life, the point is reached as to whether or not to take it to the next level and become a world class achiever. It is here that the mentor comes in. The stakes are much higher when the individual is a Dalai Lama, the moment when his nation is facing imminent invasion, the perils largely ignored by the rest of the world, and his own life, formal education and training scarcely begun.

In this personal account, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche— the Younger Tutor of His Holiness the current Dalai Lama— tells the story of his life. It is an eventful and moving life from early on. The rigours of academia in a Tibetan monastic seat, a reincarnate master's training, brutal challenges that few in his status encounter, and how he came through them all, becoming a rising spiritual master sought equally by commoners as well as the elite in Lhasa: Kyabje Rinpoche relates all of these, and much more, in sober detail. He then recounts how he was given responsibilities as the Junior Tutor to His Holiness. We become witness to an unusually close and enduring spiritual bond and deep mutual reverence and affection that develop between the individual and his second mentor.

Few would expect an account of this weight, magnitude, and sophistication from a Tibetan trained in pre-1959 Tibet written in mellifluous blend of prose and poetry, and in words that are light, measured, and at the level of everyday life.

The Supplement by Ven. Zemey Rinpoche, from the same original sources, continues the narrative from where the original account leaves off, and completes it with the same attention to detail.

With archival photos rarely found in other books, this is the definitive account of Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Rinpoche, one of the most influential Tibetans whose life continues to inspire Tibetans and non-Tibetans alike.

The Autobiography proper, the main part of this book, covers Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang's life, with the background of his parents and up to the year 1974. It is complemented by the Supplement prepared at his wish; it relates the story of his life from mid 1974 to 1983 and records the discovery of his present reincarnation, Kyabje Trijang Chogtrul Rinpoche. This work was compiled by Ven. Zemey Rinpoche, who was one of the Tutor's closest disciples. It was compiled by Rinpoche in close collaboration with Ku-ngo Palden Tsering, the Tutor's private secretary and life-long manager.
— Lungrig Namgyal, 101st Gaden Tripa —


This svayambhu life is a wonderful lotus that blooms from the calyx of the heart of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. It resonates the rejuvenation of millenarian Buddhist thought and practice from the personal experiences of a living master. As modern minds search for directions and purpose to fill the spiritual emptiness, this life is a light to advance into unchartered frontiers. The lucid silence of the Buddhist eternal and transcendent is this sensitive presentation that adores the waning day making the stones moan. The oceanic learning and sadhana of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche whispers "I am a drop of nectar with tomorrows inside," to dispel the dark clouds in the mind, to seck a great tree unbowed by the storm.
— Prof. Lokesh Chandra —

  • Author: H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang
  • Translator: Geshe Cheme Tsering
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-2-88925-005-9
  • Publication date: First published in 2022

About Trijang Rinpoche

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was one of the greatest Gelugpa lineage masters of recent times. A close student of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and the junior tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche was an unrivalled scholar, a master debater and the holder of many precious lineages of sutra and tantra.

Many consider him to be an emanation of the Tantric Buddha Vajrayogini. Above all, he is highly revered for the role he played in the preservation and continuation of Lama Tsongkhapa's pure lineage in its entirety.

  • Height: 52 mm (2-in)
  • Width: 190 mm (7.5-in)
  • Thickness: 247 mm (9.7-in)
  • Weight: 1.7 kg (3.7 lb)

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