Dharma practice comprises a wide range of wise instructions and skillful means. As a result, meditators may be exposed to a diversity of approaches to the core teachings and the meditative path—and that can be confusing at times. In this clear and accessible exploration, Dharma teacher and longtime meditator Richard Shankman unravels the mix of differing, sometimes conflicting, views and traditional teachings on how samadhi (concentration) is understood and taught. In part one, Richard Shankman explores the range of teachings and views about samadhi in the Theravada Pali tradition, examines different approaches, and considers how they can inform and enrich our meditation practice. Part two consists of a series of interviews with prominent contemporary Theravada and Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist teachers. These discussions focus on the practical experience of samadhi, bringing the theoretical to life and offering a range of applications of the different meditation techniques.
Commentaries on the Samadhi Raja Sutra and the Song of Lodro Thaye
Author: Thrangu Rinpoche
Pubpsher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications
The Samadhi Raja Sutra forms the perfect link between the Mahayana training of a bodhisattva and the profound tradition of Buddhist meditation practice known as Mahamudra. The profound lectures by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, in the style of pith instructions, contain the words of the Buddha as well as an explanation by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on Mahamudra. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a realized teacher of Tibetan Buddhism's Kargyu Lineage, possessing the three qualities of learning, pure conduct and noble-mindedness. He is an expert in exposition, debate and composition.
Samadhi. It's a mysterious word. But what is behind it? Is it only a fairytale or can you actually experience it? This book unveils the ancient art of how yogis and mystics had the keys to an unlimited reservoir of wisdom and power. It brings the timeless and forgotten wisdom of Samadhi into modern-day practicality. What you will find in the book: Rare Samadhi wisdom not found anywhere else. Instructions on how to access the full potential of consciousness to directly explore and experience Samadhi with anything you wish (physical or nonphysical objects, states, lifeforms or even Consciousness itself). How to bring the energy and insight of Samadhi into your body and mind, and integrate them into your life and spiritual journey. Real and direct first-hand knowledge--not from reading books or hearing stories. Disclosing the "active path" of Yogic Samyama and the "passive path" of Letting Go into Shunya Samadhi. The revelation of the arcane 8th Chakra and how to employ its capabilities through a powerful yogic practice. The truth about Mahasamadhi, the "final Samadhi." And much more. Samadhi will change your life forever. Do not neglect its power. It will transform the way you perceive and experience the world because you'll see what very few have seen: an unfathomed beauty, interconnectedness, and unity between all things in life. Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable spiritual journey? True life begins with Samadhi--that's how you'll open the gates to the real Garden of Eden and taste the fruit of ancient and forgotten spiritual wisdom.
Part of the "Religious Life in History Series," this comprehensive anthology provides translations of texts illustrative of Buddhist philosophy and doctrine as well as descriptive, concrete accounts of Buddhist practices, rituals, and experiences. Author John Strong gives careful consideration to many key aspects of the religion in a wide range of geographic and cultural arenas, from Asia to the United States, and gives students a sense of Buddhism's historical evolution in each area. In addition, this new edition of THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISM uniquely offers students a list of pertinent bibliographic suggestions after each reading, giving them the opportunity to both enhance their understanding of the material and streamline their research and paper-writing process.
As we move into the 1980s, there is an increasing awareness that our civilization is going through a profound cultural transformation. At the heart of this transformation lies what is often called a "paradigm shift"-a dramatic change in the thoughts, perceptions, and values which form a particular vision of reality. The paradigm that is now shifting comprises a large number of ideas and values that have dominated our society for several hundred years; values that have been associated with various streams of Western culture, among them the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, The Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution. They include the belief in the scientific method as the only valid approach to knowledge, the split between mind and matter, the view of nature as a mechanical system, the view of life in society as a competitive struggle for survival, and the belief in unlimited material progress to be achieved through economic and technological growth. All these ideas and values are now found to be severely limited and in need of radical revision.
Man goes through the ups and downs of life wondering if his life can ever be problem-free, prosperous and joyous. He ponders if it is actually possible to attain everything - wealth, joy, love and God. Why is something or the other always missing in life? What is the secret that life holds within its womb? This is exactly what this book reveals to you. It unveils the five supreme secrets of life that can transform your life: First Secret: ‘Considering a situation to be a problem is the only problem.’ Every problem contains a solution, a gift, a ladder, a lesson and a challenge. Learn the art of solving problems. Second Secret :‘Attention on attention is the greatest meditation. Attention on the greatest meditation is the way to attain God.’ Learn the art of getting liberated from the past and the future and living in the present. Learn the art of self-realisation. Third Secret: ‘You gain out of whatever you give. Whatever you take only helps you to sustain.’ Learn the art of attaining wealth, love and God. Fourth Secret : ‘Whatever you get at a given time is exactly what you need at that time.’ Learn the art of changing your perspective on the events occurring in life. Fifth Secret: ‘You are with your body; you are not the body.’ Learn the art of knowing your true self.
Essential Wisdom for Living with Awareness and Grace
Author: Alan Finger,Wendy Newton
Pubpsher: Shambhala Publications
A readable, accessible version of the ancient classic primer on the practice of yoga--interpreted by a contemporary Tantric yoga master. The Yoga Sutras is Patanjali’s classic text on how to experience oneness (samadhi) within yoga practice. Serious yoga students want to bring the wisdom of the Sutras to their practice but often find the text impenetrable and difficult to relate to. Here, yogi and Tantric master Alan Finger offers an interpretation of the Sutras that is clear and immediately relevant—and he shows contemporary practitioners that samadhi is something that they can experience here and now. Yoga is a process of spiritual evolution, and samadhi is as natural as breathing and available to all, because it is our true nature. Viewed through a Tantric framework, Finger shows us how the Sutras describe the yogic process that both leads us to the experience of samadhi and allows us to weave the wisdom and grace of that experience back into our everyday life.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION presents a comprehensive view of the history and practices of the major spiritual traditions and their relationship with the modern psychotherapeutic schools. The book is designed to provide a solid grounding in both the spiritual and the psychotherapeutic traditions for the benefit of mental-health professionals and lay-persons alike. The author maintains that modern-day therapists may need to expand their notions of cure, arguing that conventional ideas of “adjustment therapy” may well be inadequate to meet the demands of twenty-first-century consciousness evolution.
“A wonderful translation, full of contemporary insight yet luminous with eternal truth.”—Jacob Needleman The Yoga Sutras were cast in their present form in India around the third century b.c. Yoga is from the Sanskrit root meaning “union,” and a sutra is a thread or aphoristic verse. The basic questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What is the purpose of life?” are asked by each new generation, and Patanjali’s answers form one of the oldest and most vibrant spiritual texts in the world. He explains what yoga is, how it works, and exactly how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness. This stillness is our own Self. It is the indispensable ground for Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of all our aspirations. Alistair Shearer’s lucid introduction and superb translation, fully preserving Patanjali’s jewel-like style, bring these ancient but vital teachings to those who seek the path of self-knowledge today. Bell Tower’s series, Sacred Teachings, offers essential spiritual classics from all traditions. May each book become a trusted companion on the way of truth, encouraging readers to study the wisdom of the ages and put it into practice each day. From the Hardcover edition.