A Complete Session of Meditation by Tony Duff

By Tony Duff

This can be a booklet of teachings on the right way to do an entire consultation of meditation. The ebook is a compilation made by means of Lama Tony to assist those that want to coaching meditation within the Kagyu or Nyingma means. It emphasizes the sensible sort of guideline present in the Kagyu culture if you truly are looking to do anything with the brain. It intentionally avoids the scholarly variety taught in another Tibetan Buddhist traditions and focusses without delay on operating at once with one’s personal brain. still, the ebook is particularly designated and transparent approximately all the key issues inquisitive about meditation practice.

The publication emphasizes the Kagyu procedure particularly. Lama Tony has got 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 vital texts from Gampopa and different early masters to set clarify the root for meditation. Tony was once 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, precious teachings in line with the broad teachings he has obtained over decades from many, varied Kagyu masters, reminiscent of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. the result's a e-book that includes a entire educating on the way to do a whole consultation of meditation within the variety of the Kagyu tradition.

The e-book starts with a size creation by means of Lama Tony that's a educating in its personal correct. Mingyur Rinpoche loves to train technological know-how and realized loads of what he does comprehend 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 actual curiosity to Westerners, specially those that think that technology has anything to provide Buddhist perform. Following the advent, there's a lengthy bankruptcy on buddha nature, that's awarded by utilizing a good portion of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s clarification of the floor in his recognized Mountain Dharma textual content. this article is usually taught through Kagyu authorities to be able to express the that means of buddha nature. this can be the 1st time that this a part of Dolpopa’s textual content has been absolutely translated and released. Following that, there's a bankruptcy containing an unpublished paintings of Gampopa that lays out the complete Kagyu direction. Following that's the seminal textual content written via Gampopa that units out his educating of the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa. This additionally has now not been released to this point. the following bankruptcy is a transparent instructing generally Kagyu direction by means of Mingyur Rinpoche that's in response to Gampopa’s 4 Dharmas. all of the chapters up to now were for surroundings the degree for the particular teachings on meditation.

The rest of the ebook is taken up with genuine teachings on find out how to do an entire consultation of meditation. This a part of the e-book is based round the educating on what's referred to as “The 3 Excellences”. Any entire set of meditation will start 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 approach of meditation, may be shamatha-vipashyana perform that finally ends up in Mahamudra recognition. There are a number of, mammoth chapters that conceal all of the issues concerned. those chapters count for the main half on Mingyur Rinpoche’s educating. an entire consultation of meditation will finish with the 3rd excellence, that is commitment. For this, there's a brief bankruptcy written through Lama Tony according to teachings acquired from many Kagyu gurus.

The ebook is kind of varied from many of the books on meditation which are on hand to this point. Lama Tony has used his large wisdom of the Kagyu culture and of Tibetan literature to collect a booklet that offers the culture effectively through together with seminal works of early masters and mixing them with modern day teachings. an individual who practises meditation will locate this booklet beneficial in lots of other ways and Kagyu practitioners particularly will locate it Most worthy. in addition, the total publication corresponds to what Mingyur Rinpoche has set out as his first point of educating for his personal scholars; it is going to be a “must learn” for them.

The booklet comprises translations of the subsequent text:

Mountain Dharma, An Ocean of Definitive which means” by way of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsan, floor part

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70 K EY PO IN T S O F M IN D : SH AM AT H A the meditation to very strong thoughts running so wild that mind is all over the place and it is impossible to tell whether you are meditating or not. All of those types of temporary experience, both the smooth and rough ones, come to meditators. Both of them are good in the sense that they are signs of meditation; they are signs that appear because meditation is being done. If you put them on a scale, you would find that they are the same; both of them are good.

However, if your loving-kindness or compassion is joined with emptiness, then it can never increase suffering but will only ever increase the degree of loving-kindness and compassion. That is why the full instructions on development of bodhicitta through Equalization and Exchange start with the development of superfactual bodhicitta. You are supposed to do that a little bit first so as to cut the solidification of self-grasping. 48 TA K IN G R EFU G E AN D AR O U SIN G EN LIG H T EN M EN T M IN D That creates the true mental spaciousness needed for the practices of equalization and exchange followed by Sending and Taking to go easily and properly and to and culminate in the development of fictional bodhicitta.

This inner reality is present now only as a seed of what it could be and that seed is called our sugatagarbha. Even though it is only a seed, we instinctively feel its presence. We feel that it is our home and long to return to it, which is why we have the strong drive to have happiness and be freed from suffering. The drive to return to it is just like a bird who leaves its nest to forage for food. ” W henever it is away from the nest, it has that strong thought to return to the nest precisely because it takes that as its real home, the place where it belongs.

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