The heart of meditation—the thing that brings it alive—is compassion. Without that essential foundation, other practices are pointless. Fortunately, the mind can be trained in compassion, and the mind thus trained with the qualities of love, empathy, kindness, and respect for others is ready for the practice of the Great Completeness (Dzogchen), which is considered the pinnacle of spiritual practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama here teaches the Great Completeness simply but thoroughly, using as his reference a visionary poem by the nineteenth-century master Patrul Rinpoche to show that insight can never be separated from compassion. Through practice of the Great Completeness, we can access our innermost awareness and live our lives in a way that acknowledges it and manifests it. The wisdom and compassion that arise from such insight are critical, His Holiness teaches, not only to individual progress in meditation but to our collective progress toward peace in the world.
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All meditation practices must come to this: Innermost Awareness. The Dalai lama clarifies a short and profound poem written in the 1800’s by Dza Patrul Jingme Chokyi Wangpo that strikes to the heart of the matter. All other meditation practices lead to this; direct perception of innermost awareness that maintains itself during meditation and afterwards in the non-meditation.
“When you are able to stay within the experience of the already identified basic nature – the true foundation and mode of release – without losing it, by not fluctuating from it, then conceptions that are generated appear right within the context of this basic nature and thus are like writing on water; they immediately disappear, released in the sphere of innermost awareness, making no connections to subsequent involvement.” (text at page 99.) Other meditations involve conceptualizations and can only provide temporary states. This covers the ultimate practice we need to...
This book is not for beginners. The reader needs to know the basic Buddhist concepts like emptiness, karma mechanism and so forth. It is not a philosophical or religious book; rather than it is a technology description to achieve enlightenment through the realization of the mind emptiness according to Buddhism. It puts together the essential points of this kind of path – described partially in other books -- and tries to connect them. It is a book directed to Buddhist practitioners; it discloses important and basic concepts necessary to the practice. The title agrees with the content. In my opinion, it must be read by all serious practitioners to clearly understand what enlightenment is and the steps of the practice.
A clear guide to deep meditation practice. Worthwhile for long term practitioners.
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