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The Practice of Pure Awareness

Somatic Meditation for Awakening the Sacred
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
August, 2018
ISBN:
9781611803815
In stock now: 
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

A respected teacher presents the core and essential wisdom of Tibet and shows us the possibilities of “enlightenment in this present life” through the meditative practice of Pure Awareness.

Traditional Tibet held a unique spirituality, one with a depth and power far beyond anything most modern people have experienced. At the same time, its spirituality was often obscured under a heavy overlay of Tibetan cultural assumptions, beliefs, attitudes, and practices. Sometimes, many of us think that the cultural trappings somehow are the essence of Tibetan Buddhism. Then we end up trying to force ourselves into a rigid and alien cultural mold, leading to all kinds of emotional, psychological, and spiritual problems. According to Reginald Ray, the spirituality of Tibet in its most basic and integral form is quite real; but it is not about Tibet, Buddhism, or even religion. It is about how to discover, engage, and realize our deepest and most complete humanity.
     Perhaps the most precious teaching Tibet has to offer us in the modern world is the practice of meditation. Ray presents the core and essence of this tradition through the somatic practice of Pure Awareness--a unique kind of meditation that is thoroughly grounded in the body and in ordinary experience. This fundamentally transformative practice offers the possibility of enlightenment in this present life and invites us into the immensely powerful journey that Tibetan tantric spirituality has to offer.

The more we practice and the more sensitive and aware we become, the more we experience a world that is rich, colorful, and magnificent; strangely, at the same time, it is also a world where literally everything can lead us either down into the quicksand of egotism, self-absorption, and neurosis or else upward into the light of sanity, compassion, and realization, depending on how we relate to it. Such is the nature of the spiritual quest in the modern world.

The book includes links to online audio recordings of the guided meditations to further aid the reader.

“Read this book and be awakened throughout your whole body. The Practice of Pure Awareness reminds us that every last part of us is meant for joy, and our whole body is as vast as the cosmos.”—Adyashanti

“A brilliant synthesis of traditional Vajrayana wisdom and contemporary somatics teachings, The Practice of Pure Awareness shows us that the true doorway to the dharma is not through the endless examination of the contents of the mind but through the awakening of the felt presence of the body. This is not Buddhism Lite. It’s Buddhism Essential.” —  Will Johnson, author of Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient and Cannabis in Spiritual Practice

Publisher’s Description: 

A respected teacher presents the core and essential wisdom of Tibet and shows us the possibilities of "enlightenment in this present life" through the meditative practice of Pure Awareness.

Traditional Tibet held a unique spirituality, one with a depth and power far beyond anything most modern people have experienced. At the same time, its spirituality was often obscured under a heavy overlay of Tibetan cultural assumptions, beliefs, attitudes, and practices. Sometimes, many of us think that the cultural trappings somehow are the essence of Tibetan Buddhism. Then we end up trying to force ourselves into a rigid and alien cultural mold, leading to all kinds of emotional, psychological, and spiritual problems. According to Reginald Ray, the spirituality of Tibet in its most basic and integral form is quite real; but it is not about Tibet, Buddhism, or even religion. It is about how to discover, engage, and realize our deepest and most complete humanity.
     Perhaps the most precious teaching Tibet has to offer us in the modern world is the practice of meditation. Ray presents the core and essence of this tradition through the somatic practice of Pure Awareness--a unique kind of meditation that is thoroughly grounded in the body and in ordinary experience. This fundamentally transformative practice offers the possibility of enlightenment in this present life and invites us into the immensely powerful journey that Tibetan tantric spirituality has to offer.
     The book will include links to online audio recordings of the guided meditations to further aid the reader.

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