For Further Contemplation

In this chapter I have introduced the most subtle shamatha technique I have ever encountered. You may find that settling the mind in its natural state is subtler than mindfulness of breathing, and the shimatha practice of being aware of being aware is subtler still. This third technique of cultivating meditative quiescence is the culmination of this particular line of meditative training. It is the simplest, and potentially the deepest and most powerful as well, in this technique there is...

Recommended Reading

Ethics for the New Millennium. New York Riverhead Books, 1999. Seligman, Martin. Authentic Happiness Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York Free Press, 2004. Bhikkhu, Buddhadasa. Mindfulness of Breathing I Manual for Serious Beginners. Trans. Santikaro Bhikkhu. Boston Wisdom Publications, 1996. Wallace, B. Alan. The Four Immeasurables Cultivating a Boundless Heart, rev. ed. Ithaca, N.Y. Snow Lion Publications,...

The Great Perfection

During the first twenty years of my training in Buddhism, studying and practicing under the guidance of such teachers as Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Geshe Rah ten, Gen Lamrimpa, Sakya Dagmola, Balangoda Anandamaitreya, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I was exposed primarily to the developmental approach to spiritual maturation and awakening. Then since the beginning of the 1990s, I have been under the guidance of the Nyingmapa lama Gyatrul Rinpoche, who has been training me in the discovery...