Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at the Mind

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 2014 - Religion - 288 pages
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What would you see if you looked directly at your mind?

The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries.

Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra - a text that the sixteenth Karmapa had identified as the most valuable for Westerners. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche recognized that Western meditators don't just need to know how to maintain our meditation practice - we need to know why we should do it. Unmatched in its directness, Essentials of Mahamudra addresses both these needs, rendering one of the most advanced forms of meditation more easily adaptable to our everyday lives.
 

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Contents

Preface
Introduction
Meditations Shared by Other Traditions
The Shared Tradition of Shamata and Vipashyana
TheShared Tradition of Shamata Meditation
The SharedTraditionof Vipashyana Meditation
Eliminating Doubts Concerning Vipashyana Meditation
MahamudraMeditation 6 The Origins ofMahamudra 7 The Preparatory Practicesfor Mahamudra 8 Mahamudra Shamata Meditation 9 Mahamudra Vi...
Eliminating Flaws That May Arise in Mahamudra
Maintaining Mahamudrain Meditationand Postmeditation
Eliminating Obstacles to Mahamudra 15 The Practice ofUtterly Releasing 16 Bringing Obstaclesto the Path 17 How RealizationDawns 18 How WeSh...
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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a senior scholar within the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the author of many books and commentaries. He was born in Kham, Tibet, in 1933 and entered Thrangu Monastery at age seven. He serves as the main tutor to His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa and travels worldwide giving teachings and leading retreats. Based in Nepal and India, he is also abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia and founder of Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado.

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