By Tony Duff
This can be a e-book of teachings on tips on how to do a whole consultation of meditation. The ebook is a compilation made by way of Lama Tony to assist those that wish to training meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma approach. It emphasizes the sensible variety of guide present in the Kagyu culture in the event you really are looking to do anything with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly type taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses without delay on operating without delay with one’s personal brain. still, the ebook is especially detailed and transparent approximately the entire key issues concerned about meditation practice.
The publication emphasizes the Kagyu procedure specifically. Lama Tony has acquired teachings from many Kagyu masters and used his wisdom of the culture as a foundation for making the booklet for his personal scholars. Tony chosen vital texts from Gampopa and different early masters to set clarify the foundation for meditation. Tony was once Mingyur Rinpoche’s first translator and translated a lot of his teachings so a few them have been used for the particular directions on meditation inside the publication. Lama Tony extra different, worthwhile teachings based on the huge teachings he has got over decades from many, diverse Kagyu masters, corresponding to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a ebook that includes a whole educating on the best way to do a whole consultation of meditation within the form of the Kagyu tradition.
The booklet starts off with a size creation by way of Lama Tony that is a educating in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to train technological know-how and discovered loads of what he does be aware of from a lot time spent with Lama Tony, who has a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Lama Tony writes a long piece approximately what can and can't usefully be got from technology by way of dharma perform. this could be of genuine curiosity to Westerners, in particular those that think that technological know-how has anything to supply Buddhist perform. Following the advent, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that is awarded through the use of a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s rationalization of the floor in his well-known Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is usually taught by means of Kagyu professionals with the intention to exhibit the that means of buddha nature. this can be the 1st time that this a part of Dolpopa’s textual content has been absolutely translated and released. Following that, there's a bankruptcy containing an unpublished paintings of Gampopa that lays out the entire Kagyu direction. Following that's the seminal textual content written by way of Gampopa that units out his educating of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has no longer been released to this point. the subsequent bankruptcy is a transparent instructing almost always Kagyu direction through Mingyur Rinpoche that's in accordance with Gampopa’s 4 Dharmas. the entire chapters to date were for surroundings the degree for the particular teachings on meditation.
The rest of the publication is taken up with genuine teachings on how one can do a whole consultation of meditation. This a part of the booklet is established round the educating on what's referred to as “The 3 Excellences”. Any whole set of meditation will start with the initial practices of taking safe haven and arousing enlightenment brain. Lama Tony has written a bankruptcy in this. Following that, there's the most perform, which within the Kagyu method of meditation, may be shamatha-vipashyana perform that finally ends up in Mahamudra recognition. There are numerous, enormous chapters that conceal the entire subject matters concerned. those chapters count for the main half on Mingyur Rinpoche’s instructing. an entire consultation of meditation will finish with the 3rd excellence, that is commitment. For this, there's a brief bankruptcy written by way of Lama Tony in keeping with teachings bought from many Kagyu gurus.
The booklet is sort of various from many of the books on meditation which are on hand so far. Lama Tony has used his large wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to bring together a e-book that provides the culture appropriately by means of together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. an individual who practises meditation will locate this booklet invaluable in lots of alternative ways and Kagyu practitioners specifically will locate it most respected. additionally, the total publication corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of educating for his personal scholars; it is going to be a “must learn” for them.
The ebook comprises translations of the subsequent text:
Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive that means” by means of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, floor part
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Now for a second approach to this meditation. In the first approach, you used a specific visual object as the basis for doing the meditation. In this second approach, you do not use a specific visual object, rather, you let any visual object that appears to your visual sense become the basis of the meditation. To do this, start by relaxing your mind. Then stay with whatever the eye sees. Again, as before, when you do this, there is no need to think about anything. W hen doing this, there could be times when you do not notice a particular visual object but that doesn’t matter; in those cases, if you can keep your mindfulness with that, the meditation continues on and the natural relaxation of mind will still appear.
If you practise with the thought, “I must have perfect four immeasurable thoughts towards all, with no anger whatsoever, no jealousy whatsoever, and so on, and if that doesn’t happen, it is not all right”, then you will be setting a standard that is too high and the practice will be very difficult to do. Let me tell you a story about this. In India, there was a man whose neighbour had a very bad-tempered dog. W henever the man came and went from his house, the dog growled menacingly and tried to bite him.
Third, the object can move around in the visual field. These are not faults. It is normal for the eyes to hurt, of course: we do not usually stare at one thing for a long time and if we do, the eyes start to hurt. Then, you might see double but as long as your mind is with that, that is, as long as there is mindfulness with it, it is all right. Then, if the object becomes dark and or indistinct, again, as long as your mind is staying there with it, it is all right. 62 K EY PO IN T S O F M IN D : SH AM AT H A B.