By Tony Duff
It is a ebook of teachings on the way to do an entire consultation of meditation. The publication is a compilation made by means of Lama Tony to aid those that want to coaching meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma manner. It emphasizes the sensible form of guideline present in the Kagyu culture if you happen to truly are looking to do anything with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly kind taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses without delay on operating without delay with one’s personal brain. still, the e-book is especially particular and transparent approximately the entire key issues serious about meditation practice.
The e-book emphasizes the Kagyu method particularly. Lama Tony has acquired teachings from many Kagyu masters and used his wisdom of the culture as a foundation for making the publication for his personal scholars. Tony chosen vital texts from Gampopa and different early masters to set clarify the foundation for meditation. Tony used to be Mingyur Rinpoche’s first translator and translated lots of his teachings so a couple of them have been used for the particular directions on meditation inside the booklet. Lama Tony further different, valuable teachings based on the wide teachings he has got over decades from many, diverse Kagyu masters, resembling Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a publication that includes a entire educating on how you can do a whole consultation of meditation within the variety of the Kagyu tradition.
The publication starts with a size creation by way of Lama Tony that's a instructing in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to train technological know-how and realized loads of what he does comprehend 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 acquired from technology by way of dharma perform. this could be of actual curiosity to Westerners, particularly those that think that technological know-how has anything to supply Buddhist perform. Following the creation, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that's awarded by utilizing a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s rationalization of the floor in his recognized Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is usually taught by means of Kagyu authorities as a way to express the which 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 full Kagyu direction. Following that's the seminal textual content written through Gampopa that units out his instructing of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has no longer been released to this point. the following bankruptcy is a transparent educating as a rule Kagyu course through Mingyur Rinpoche that's in keeping with Gampopa’s 4 Dharmas. all of the chapters up to now were for surroundings the level for the particular teachings on meditation.
The rest of the publication is taken up with genuine teachings on easy methods to do a whole consultation of meditation. This a part of the e-book is based round the instructing 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, should be shamatha-vipashyana perform that eventually ends up in Mahamudra recognition. There are numerous, titanic chapters that hide all of the issues concerned. those chapters depend for the main half on Mingyur Rinpoche’s educating. an entire consultation of meditation will finish with the 3rd excellence, that's commitment. For this, there's a brief bankruptcy written through Lama Tony in accordance with teachings acquired from many Kagyu gurus.
The publication is kind of varied from lots of the books on meditation which are to be had to this point. Lama Tony has used his large wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to assemble a booklet that offers the culture competently via together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. a person who practises meditation will locate this ebook invaluable in lots of other ways and Kagyu practitioners particularly will locate it most dear. in addition, the complete e-book corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of educating for his personal scholars; will probably be a “must learn” for them.
The ebook includes translations of the next text:
Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive that means” by way of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, floor part
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If you try too hard, this will not work; you will be trying so hard to hear the sounds that you will not be able to do the practice. If that happens, try not listening to sounds deliberately and that will usually work. The actual instruction is to listen to sounds but for people who are a too tight, the instruction can be changed to “not listen”, meaning that these people should just sit there and let the sounds come to them, without deliberately trying to listen. If you do the two practices discussed so far, any and every visual form and colour and any and every sound can be turned into an assistant of meditation.
Therefore, it is necessary that the eye sees its object and together with that, the mind also sees it. For example, if you were to look at your own hand for one hour and if there was nothing intervening between your eye and your hand, then your eye would be seeing your hand for that hour. However, it is very unlikely that your mind would also be seeing your hand for that hour. During those moments when the mind was also seeing the hand, that is precisely when there is also mindfulness with mind.
Therefore, to develop it further, there is a practice called “Sending-Taking” 30 . Sending-Taking is a very effective practice for 29 Bodhicitta that puts others above oneself. 30 Tib. gtong len. 46 TA K IN G R EFU G E AN D AR O U SIN G EN LIG H T EN M EN T M IN D developing loving-kindness and compassion through the mind-set of exchanging yourself for other. The practice of Sending-Taking” is also a type of shamatha practice, which is part of the main practice of insight into reality. Therefore, doing Sending-Taking not only serves to develop the motivation for the practice, bodhicitta, but also helps prepare you for the actual meditation on reality.
A Complete Session of Meditation by Tony Duff