By Tony Duff
This can be a booklet of teachings on how you can do a whole consultation of meditation. The ebook is a compilation made through Lama Tony to aid those that wish to instruction meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma manner. It emphasizes the sensible kind of guide present in the Kagyu culture when you really are looking to do whatever with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly sort taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses without delay on operating at once with one’s personal brain. still, the e-book is particularly certain and transparent approximately all the key issues taken with meditation practice.
The publication emphasizes the Kagyu strategy particularly. Lama Tony has bought teachings from many Kagyu masters and used his wisdom of the culture as a foundation for making the ebook 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 few them have been used for the particular directions on meditation inside the booklet. Lama Tony further different, helpful teachings based on the wide teachings he has obtained over decades from many, diverse Kagyu masters, corresponding to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a booklet that includes a entire educating on easy methods to do an entire consultation of meditation within the kind of the Kagyu tradition.
The booklet starts with a size creation by means of Lama Tony that is a educating in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to educate technology and discovered loads of what he does understand 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 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 supply Buddhist perform. Following the advent, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that is offered through the use of a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s rationalization of the floor in his recognized Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is usually taught via Kagyu professionals which will convey the that means of buddha nature. this is often 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 complete Kagyu course. Following that's the seminal textual content written via Gampopa that units out his instructing of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has now not been released up to now. the following bankruptcy is a transparent educating more commonly Kagyu course by way of Mingyur Rinpoche that's in line with Gampopa’s 4 Dharmas. the entire chapters to date were for environment the level for the particular teachings on meditation.
The rest of the ebook is taken up with real teachings on tips on how to do an entire consultation of meditation. This a part of the booklet is based round the educating 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 procedure of meditation, could be shamatha-vipashyana perform that finally ends up in Mahamudra awareness. There are a number of, sizeable chapters that hide the entire subject matters concerned. those chapters count 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 way of Lama Tony in response to teachings obtained from many Kagyu gurus.
The e-book is kind of varied from many of the books on meditation which are to be had to this point. Lama Tony has used his huge wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to collect a publication that provides the culture effectively via together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. somebody who practises meditation will locate this e-book helpful in lots of other ways and Kagyu practitioners specifically will locate it most dear. furthermore, the total ebook corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of training for his personal scholars; will probably be a “must learn” for them.
The publication includes translations of the next text:
Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive that means” via Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, flooring part
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Extra info for A Complete Session of Meditation
How are objects turned into the assistant of shamatha? The answer is that mindfulness must be brought to the six sense objects and put together with them. Mindfulness then is the principal cause or means by which the natural potential or innate qualities of your own mind are brought forth. At the moment, the natural potential or innate qualities of your mind are not fully evident. The principal means for bringing them forth is mindfulness. To make an example of this: the human body has a great deal of natural potential but the potential will not be brought out unless the body is exercised and trained.
So, these trains of thoughts such as, “I’m sick. This illness is no good. It is harming me. ”, and so on are the principal assistants to the actual sickness. , the pains and aches themselves should have mind connected to them. W hen you do have pain or discomfort, just look right at the pain or discomfort; bring your attention 65 K EY PO IN T S O F M IN D : SH AM AT H A to it. By doing that, it will be turned into an aid of meditation as already described for the sensations of eye, and so forth.
The mind tends to behave like a frog; it stays on one visual form for a while then it jumps to another where it stays for a while before jumping to another, and so on. However, as long as your mindfulness is staying with it, wherever it goes, it is fine. If you can do that, then the basis of the meditation is occurring nicely and because of that the meditation will also turn out well. This kind of meditation in which the mind is brought together with an object of the senses is useful for everyone who has not yet overcome the distraction of mind.
A Complete Session of Meditation by Tony Duff