A Complete Session of Meditation by Tony Duff

By Tony Duff

It is a booklet of teachings on tips on how to do a whole consultation of meditation. The e-book is a compilation made via Lama Tony to assist those that wish to training meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma method. It emphasizes the sensible form of guide present in the Kagyu culture if you really are looking to do whatever with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly variety taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses at once on operating at once with one’s personal brain. still, the booklet is particularly distinct and transparent approximately all the key issues inquisitive about meditation practice.

The booklet emphasizes the Kagyu strategy specifically. Lama Tony has acquired teachings from many Kagyu masters and used his wisdom of the culture as a foundation for making the e-book for his personal scholars. Tony chosen very important texts from Gampopa and different early masters to set clarify the root 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 publication. Lama Tony further different, worthy teachings based on the huge teachings he has acquired over a long time from many, various Kagyu masters, comparable to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a publication that includes a entire educating on the way to do a whole consultation of meditation within the form of the Kagyu tradition.

The publication starts with a size creation via Lama Tony that's a instructing in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to educate technological know-how and discovered loads of what he does be aware of 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 received from technological know-how by way of dharma perform. this could be of actual curiosity to Westerners, particularly those that think that technological know-how has whatever to provide Buddhist perform. Following the advent, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that is provided through the use of a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s rationalization of the floor in his well-known Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is usually taught through Kagyu experts with the intention to convey 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 entire Kagyu direction. Following that's the seminal textual content written by way of Gampopa that units out his educating of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has now not been released up to now. the following bankruptcy is a transparent instructing mostly Kagyu direction by means of Mingyur Rinpoche that's in accordance with Gampopa’s 4 Dharmas. the entire chapters to date were for environment the degree for the particular teachings on meditation.

The rest of the booklet is taken up with real teachings on find out how to do an entire consultation of meditation. This a part of the e-book is established round the educating on what's known as “The 3 Excellences”. Any whole 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 method of meditation, could be shamatha-vipashyana perform that finally results in Mahamudra cognizance. There are a number of, vast chapters that hide the entire subject matters 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 via Lama Tony in line with teachings got from many Kagyu gurus.

The publication is kind of various from lots of the books on meditation which are to be had thus far. Lama Tony has used his wide wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to assemble a publication that provides the culture effectively through together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. someone who practises meditation will locate this e-book invaluable in lots of other ways and Kagyu practitioners specifically will locate it most respected. in addition, the total ebook corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of educating for his personal scholars; it will likely be a “must learn” for them.

The booklet comprises translations of the subsequent text:

Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive that means” via Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, floor part

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Because of them, the afflictions arise. Because of them, confusion occurs. If there were no object of the senses then the perceiver of them, the subject 33, would not happen, would it? W hen you become distracted in meditation, it is these six objects that are the principal cause of the distraction. If you were to turn them into meditation, then they would be part of the meditation and hence would cease to be problematic. For example, if you have an enemy, it means that there is someone who will harm you, so you need a tough bodyguard to protect you, and there will be fighting back and forth because of it.

To do this kind of meditation, first relax your mind. Then, look continuously at a visual form. W hen you do this practice, the eyes will usually become uncomfortable. In addition to that, three other things can happen. First, the eyes can go out of focus and two images of the object can be seen. Second, the object can become darkened and indistinct. Third, the object can move around in the visual field. These are not faults. It is normal for the eyes to hurt, of course: we do not usually stare at one thing for a long time and if we do, the eyes start to hurt.

Beginners usually have very wild, untamed minds. This kind of mind is not very useful if you want to do something with the mind. For this reason, although shamatha and vipashyana are need together for the actual meditation on reality, when you start out on the path of medita51 tion, it is usual to begin by doing shamatha practice alone. Shamatha practice is the practice of developing a mind that abides calmly, without disturbances, and abides stably, without effort. The calm and stable mind developed by shamatha practice is a workable frame of mind.

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