Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s new book, Poison is Medicine, was written in response to the misunderstandings and misapprehensions about the Vajrayana that were exposed by the Vajrayana guru-related scandals of the 2010s.

One of my reasons for writing this book is that I would like us all to think about and examine the various issues the recent Vajrayana guru scandals have brought to light, from as many different angles as possible.


My wish is to offer aspiring Vajrayana students a few tips from the tantric texts about how to choose their guru. This book will, I hope, point you in the right direction by supplying you with the tools you need to examine a guru thoroughly before committing yourself.


– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


Although Rinpoche is unable to answer any of your questions personally, he is interested in learning about the doubts and uncertainties that remain in your minds after reading this book. So, if you wish, please send your questions, written as concisely and clearly as possible to: [email protected]


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