“Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche studied under some of the greatest masters of the previous century, and ranks today as the senior-most teacher of the Dzogchen lineage. He is renowned throughout the Tibetan community as a steadfast guardian of the Buddhist tradition and a highly accomplished, legendary adept, who--like the great sages and hermits of the past--has spent much of his life in retreat, practicing meditation and granting teachings only sparingly to a few committed disciples.

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“It is truly wonderful therefore that we now have this precious collection of his teachings and advice capably translated into English, enabling many more people to benefit from his boundless wisdom and compassion. Here, in these poetic writings and recorded interviews, Rinpoche imparts his instructions in a forthright and elegant style and reveals his deep commitment to Buddhist ethics, his dedication to non-violence and preserving life, and above all, his total dedication to the authentic teachings of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.”

--Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

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“I've read many Dharma books in the last few years and this is one of my two favorites. Chatral Rinpoche is an amazing teacher, one whose impact on the Buddhist world will be felt for many generations to come...

“Zach Larson has done a wonderful job editing the book. It's clear and concise, and full of great stories about Rinpoche's life and times. There are also many photos of Rinpoche, his family and other eminent teachers. Including in the text of the book are several teachings given by Rinpoche that I found deeply moving.

"I highly recommend Compassionate Action. It's a book that you'll easily read several times.

"Oh, and my other favorite is Words of My Perfect Teacher. I'll have both of these books with me for the remainder of this life time."

--Rick Adkins, as posted on Amazon.com.

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"This book provides a series of inspiring insights into the beliefs of someone who has devoted more than eight decades to the intensive practice of Dharma and who has little time for the many ways in which people fool themselves - while at the same time caring passionately about their development towards an enlightened state."

--Thar Lam, August 2009

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“…Compassionate Action, is a jewel…Larson provides an intelligent and intelligible guide to the life and teachings of one of the most revered figures in contemporary Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche’s teachings are clear, compassionate and uncompromising.

“Zach Larson has performed a great service by bringing us the remarkable life story and compassionate teachings of one of our greatest living lamas. Compassionate Action is essential reading for Tibetan Buddhists, and indeed for Buddhists of all schools…”

--Norm Phelps, author of The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights.

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“Chatral Rinpoche is a revered Nyingma master who is considered to be the incarnation of the "Second Buddha" Guru Padmasambhava's mind--a fully realized bodhisattva embodying, as the book's title suggests, compassionate action. A heart disciple of the former Dudjom Rinpoche, he serves today as the tutor of the reincarnation of that great master, which makes clear Chatral Rinpoche's extraordinary spiritual stature..."

"It is reassuring to know of the existence of such a great being and Zach Larson deserves credit for making some of Chatral Rinpoche's teachings and prayers available for the first time in an English-language book."

--Georg Feuerstein,Traditional Yoga Studies.

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"Compassionate Action is the first English-language book of Himalayan yogi Chatral Rinpoche, who has influenced Western Buddhist consciousness for decades and was dubbed 'the greatest man I ever met' by Father Thomas Merton in 1968. Presenting Chatral Rinpoche's biography and autobiography, six of his essays, five prayers that he wrote, an exclusive interview, and color photographs from the different phases of his life, Compassionate Action is a 'must-read' for anyone seeking to learn from this quintessential wise and holy man. Highly recommended especially for students and practitioners of Buddhism."

--Midwest Book Review