A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the by Karma Chagme

By Karma Chagme

This handbook of Tibetan meditation easily and punctiliously offers the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra structures of perform.

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Anything close to what constitutes "the mind" itself. activity, the more closely they approach the Buddhist understanding of mind as a perpetually evolving event rather than a distinct entity. 30 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Early translations of Buddhist texts attempted to identify the mind as a distinct sort of "thing" or "stuff' that exists beyond the limits of current scientific comprehension. But those incorrect translations were based on early Western assumptions that all experience might eventually be related to some aspect of physical function.

How and why this occurs is a subject that we'll examine later on, since the explanation has a lot to do with the principles of biology and physics I learned about once I'd begun traveling around the world and working more directly with the masters of modern science. LIGHT FROM THE WEST One single torch can dissipate the accumulated darkness of a thousand eons. - TILOPA, Mahamudm of the Ganges, translated by Maria Montenegro Because my schedule during the years following my first retreat was rather full, I didn't have much time to follow the advances taking place in neuroscience and related fields of cognitive research, or to digest the discoveries in physics that had entered the mainstream.

We know when we're tired or alert, happy or sad. The inability to precisely locate or define a pheno~enon doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. All it really means is that we haven't yet accumulated sufficient information to propose a workable model. To use a simple analogy, you might compare the scientific understanding of the mind to your own acceptance of something as simple as the power of electricity. Flipping a iight switch or turning on a 1V doesn't require a detailed understanding of circuitry or electromagnetic energy.

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