By Bruce Newman
It is a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and extremely obtainable. The ebook starts with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary stumble upon with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via the entire steps worthy for winning perform within the West. incorporated is succinct assistance on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, turning into lively in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. distinct emphasis is put on the aptitude pitfalls, and the significant merits, of the guru-disciple dating.
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Nevertheless, rituals are very important. If you go to monasteries in the East, they're doing long, elaborate pujas all the time. The lamas aren't fools; they know what they're doing. In a later chapter I'll talk a little about the theory or meaning behind pujas; for now, see them as your entry gate into the center. In my retreat, I told our retreat master that I didn't like all the pujas. He told me to think of them as a social event. At the time, I thought that was glib and superficial; however, I've learned that there's a lot of truth and benefit to what he says.
The problem was that in the absence of a close relationship with a qualified teacher, he sincerely believed that he was realized and able to begin teaching. He occasionally got himself into some jams. Luckily, he straightened himself out through meeting real teachers. The same thing happened to me. Twenty-five years ago, I attended a short retreat after only a few months of practice and had the most extraordinary experience of my life. I really thought I had made it! I was seriously pondering how I was going to teach my disciples.
Centers need to extend themselves into the broader community for many reasons. In order simply to survive, a center might need more students offering assistance.
A Beginners Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioners Journey by Bruce Newman