Vajra Wisdom presents the commentaries of two great nineteenth-century Nyingma masters that guide practitioners engaged in development stage practice through a series of straightforward instructions. The rarity of this kind of material in English makes it indispensable for practitioners and scholars alike.
The goal of development stage meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is to directly realize the inseparability of phenomena and emptiness. Preceded by initiation and oral instructions, the practitioner arrives at this view through the profound methods of deity visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption.
A number of books in the past have explained how to meditate on the stages of the path, but Geshe Lobsang Jampa's volume is unique in showing the reader how to integrate visualizations from highest yoga tantra, guru yoga, and the instructions of the oral tradition within the contemplations of every single stage. From the initial meditations on the precariousness and immense value of human existence, through the contemplations of how we perpetuate the cycle of suffering, to the highest teachings on the practice of universal compassion and the empty nature of phenomena, The Easy Path leads practitioners step by step through the journey to enlightenment.
Tantric Buddhism provides a quick avenue to buddhahood by means of dissolving the body's wind energies into the central channel at the heart, mimicking the transformations of consciousness that occur at the time of death. Guiding readers systematically from tantra's generation stage through to the full enlightenment of the completion stage, Geshe Tashi Tsering even unpacks a simple compassion practice composed by the Dalai Lama, using it to illustrate the building blocks common to all such visualization techniques.
Tantra is a fitting conclusion to this accessible and practical series.
The preliminary practices of Tantra aren't a hurdle to be gotten through in order to get somewhere else; they're an extraordinarily rich collection of practices which have much to offer as a means of cultivating and maturing the practitioner's psychological ground. They can enable experiences to unfold, and they can clear the way when there seem to be problems or hindrances practitioners are struggling with. In Preparing for Tantra, Preece draws on his experience as a Tantric Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist to explain how to make the preliminary practices psychologically meaningful and spiritually transformative. He examines each of the practices with an eye to revealing how they may be used to heal and transform psychological trauma and offers practical suggestions for integrating them into daily life—as well as ensuring that practitioners are prepared psychologically, emotionally, and energetically to start out safely on the tantric path. Preparing for Tantra is an accessible guidebook for engaging in ngondro, the preliminary practices that are done before engaging in a long tantric retreat. These practices are also powerful tools for purifying negativities and alleviating guilt, healing difficult experiences, and enriching our minds with goodness so that we will be able to progress in our Dharma practice and gain realizations of the path.
──敦珠法王 本書所講述的教法是由十九世紀伏藏大師敦珠林巴原著，原文完整的標題名稱是《不依執修之佛果──自性大圓滿現證本來面目教導》，在藏地多稱為《囊將（淨化顯相）》，內容屬於大圓滿教法中「立斷」的教法。此教法的論體，採用作者在夢中或定中與祖師、菩薩、成就佛果者對話的方式，詮釋次第和成就稱謂。 原論加上敦珠林巴的立即轉世、業已圓寂的寧瑪派法王敦珠仁波切在生前編輯整理原文和攝義科判，再加上由尊貴的嘉初仁波切在1991至1992年在美國新墨西哥州桑塔費以藏文講解，由桑傑康卓女士英譯的文稿，集合起來翻譯成中文所組成。 這部由偉大的伏藏師敦珠林巴書寫的伏藏啟示，是今世和未來世一個舉足輕重的佛法教導。該教法原屬於秘密大圓滿口訣部秘密心髓法教，一向不輕易傳授。但如今只要對於擁有這個傳承有堅強的信念，和願意靜慮觀照傳承祖師和現存傳法者與最終實相的關係，這個教法將向他們展示其奧秘。