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Mind At Ease

Self-Liberation through Mahamudra Meditation
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2
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
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June, 2004
ISBN:
9781590301562
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$26.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon addresses the growing audience of Tibetan Buddhist readers. Mahamudra is a set of teachings central to certain branches of Tibetan Buddhism. The focus of these teachings is to point out to the practitioner the true nature of reality—which is beyond concept, limitation, and measure. This system of philosophy and corresponding practices is mysterious, difficult to understand, and even more challenging to explain. By offering step-by-step guided meditation instructions, however, Traleg answers questions that more traditional books on this subject have raised for Western readers.

He gives a brief history of how Mahamudra view and techniques developed and provides an overview of how this particular school of thought fits in with other Tibetan Buddhist systems. He then goes on to present the basic principles of Mahamudra, providing comparisons with other Tibetan Buddhist practices as a key to understanding for practitioners who have familiarity with other more widely known techniques.

The luminous clarity of the mind gives rise to a sense of well-being that transcends both happiness and unhappiness. This is the experience of all-pervasive bliss, the goal of Mahamudra practice. When we no longer fixate on our thoughts and emotions but let them arise without interference and without hope and fear, our minds will become blissfully clear.

“Traleg Kyabgon is exceptionally learned and has undergone extensive training in both Buddhist studies and contemporary mind sciences. Therefore, his work is sure to be correct and accessible and will bring tremendous benefit to all spiritual seekers in the West.” —Khenchen Thrangu, author of An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning

Publisher’s Description: 

In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon presents a thorough introduction to the Kagyu lineage's Mahamudra tradition. The author's approach is straightforwardhe presents the Mahamudra teachings as a means of seeing things in, as he says, "a positive and open light. Even things we might normally regard as bad and undesirable can be interpreted in a more uplifting way due to the expansiveness of the Mahamudra vision." Mahamudrawhich means "great seal" or "great symbol," referring to the symbol or mark of ultimate reality, or emptinesspoints to the true nature of mind as well as the ultimate insubstantiality of all things.

The book includes an exploration of Mahamudra fundamentals and thorough explanations of Ground, Path, and Fruition Mahamudra, including meditation techniques for investigating, experiencing, and contemplating these teachings.

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