By Tony Duff
This can be a ebook of teachings on how one can do a whole consultation of meditation. The publication is a compilation made by way of Lama Tony to aid those that want to coaching meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma method. It emphasizes the sensible sort of guideline present in the Kagyu culture should you really are looking to do anything with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly type taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses at once on operating without delay with one’s personal brain. still, the e-book is especially special and transparent approximately all the key issues considering meditation practice.
The publication emphasizes the Kagyu strategy 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 very important 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 publication. Lama Tony further different, precious teachings in keeping with the large teachings he has acquired over a long time from many, various Kagyu masters, corresponding to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a e-book that incorporates a entire instructing on how one can do a whole consultation of meditation within the type of the Kagyu tradition.
The e-book starts with a size advent by means of Lama Tony that is a instructing in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to educate technology and realized loads of what he does recognize 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 technological know-how when it comes to dharma perform. this could be of genuine curiosity to Westerners, specially those that think that technological know-how has anything to provide Buddhist perform. Following the advent, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that is offered by utilizing a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s clarification of the floor in his recognized Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is frequently taught via Kagyu specialists so as to exhibit the which means of buddha nature. this can be the 1st time that this a part of Dolpopa’s textual content has been totally translated and released. Following that, there's a bankruptcy containing an unpublished paintings of Gampopa that lays out the full Kagyu course. Following that's the seminal textual content written by way of Gampopa that units out his instructing of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has no longer been released thus far. the following bankruptcy is a transparent instructing typically Kagyu direction via 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 ebook is taken up with real teachings on how one can do a whole consultation of meditation. This a part of the booklet is established round the instructing on what's known as “The 3 Excellences”. Any entire set of meditation will commence with the initial practices of taking shelter and arousing enlightenment brain. Lama Tony has written a bankruptcy in this. Following that, there's the most perform, which within the Kagyu process of meditation, might be shamatha-vipashyana perform that eventually results in Mahamudra recognition. There are numerous, big chapters that conceal the entire themes concerned. those chapters depend for the main half on Mingyur Rinpoche’s instructing. a whole consultation of meditation will finish with the 3rd excellence, that's commitment. For this, there's a brief bankruptcy written by means of Lama Tony in line 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 so far. Lama Tony has used his large wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to bring together a e-book that offers the culture safely via together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. somebody who practises meditation will locate this ebook helpful in lots of alternative ways and Kagyu practitioners particularly will locate it most precious. in addition, the complete e-book corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of training for his personal scholars; it is going to be a “must learn” for them.
The e-book includes translations of the subsequent text:
Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive which means” through Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, flooring part
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Therefore, some protection needs to be provided so that the wind cannot blow the flame about. In the same way, mind has an illuminative quality that can bring brilliant knowing. However, the mind of an ordinary person has no control over itself and is blown about by external factors therefore, its innate illumination does not come out very strongly. If the mind is protected from that distraction, the illuminative quality of the mind can come on very strongly and bring brilliant knowing. The way to make the mind without distraction is to train it so that it can abide steadily and calmly wherever it is put.
That creates a workable situation of mind within which vipashyana can be developed. The vipashyana practice is taught as logical enquiry into the nature of reality. The vipashyana practice can be done separately from the shamatha practice but in the end, the two have to be put together. In the tantra teachings, there are both graded and non-graded approaches. In the graded approaches found in the Mahamudra teachings, you practice shamatha first but this is done in a way that leads into the natural vipashyana of mind revealing itself.
Doing the practice entails the development of two positive mental factors. The first is called “mindfulness” and the second is called “alertness”. Mindfulness is the ability of mind to stay with its object. Alertness is the particular mental faculty that is alert to any straying from the object. If the mind strays, alertness informs the mind that there has been distraction allowing mindfulness to be re-asserted. Mindfulness is then re-asserted and the mind stays put on the object again. Both mindfulness and alertness are needed in the development of shamatha.
A Complete Session of Meditation by Tony Duff