Calm Abiding Special Insight

This manual presents an intimate and detailed picture of the intricacies of meditation so vividly that the reader is drawn into a Tibetan world-view of spritual development.

Author: Dge-ʼdun-blo-gros (Dge-bśes)

Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UVA:X004394945

Category: Religion

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This manual presents an intimate and detailed picture of the intricacies of meditation so vividly that the reader is drawn into a Tibetan world-view of spritual development.

Stages of Meditation

It is a favorite text of the Dalai Lama, and he often takes the opportunity to give teachings on it to audiences throughout the world. In his words, "This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures.

Author: The Dalai Lama

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842137

Category: Religion

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A translation of the ancient classic Stages of Meditation, by Kamalashila, with commentary from everyone's favorite Buddhist teacher, the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama explains the principles of meditation in a practice-oriented format especially suited to Westerners. Based upon the middle section of the Bhavanakrama by Kamalashila--a translation of which is included--this is the most extensive commentary given by the Dalai Lama on this concise but important meditation handbook. It is a favorite text of the Dalai Lama, and he often takes the opportunity to give teachings on it to audiences throughout the world. In his words, "This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures." Topics include the nature of mind, how to develop compassion and loving-kindness, calm abiding wisdom, and how to establish a union of calm abiding and special insight.

The Profound Reality of Interdependence

Way of Meditating on Calm Abiding and Special Insight In general, the meditations on repulsiveness and the applications of mindfulness have aspects of both calm abiding and special insight. Nevertheless, as was mentioned above in the ...

Author: Künzang Sönam

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190911928

Category: Religion

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The Way of the Bodhisattva, composed by the monk and scholar 'S=antideva in eighth-century India, is a Buddhist treatise in verse that beautifully and succinctly lays out the theory and practice of the Mahayana path of a bodhisattva. Over one thousand years after 'S=antideva's composition, Künzang Sönam (1823-1905) produced the most extensive commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva ever written. This book is the first English translation of Künzang Sönam's overview of 'S=antideva's notoriously difficult ninth chapter on wisdom. The ninth chapter of the Way of the Bodhisattva is philosophically very rich but forbiddingly technical, and can only be read well with a good commentary. Künzang Sönam's commentary offers a unique and complete introduction to the view of Pr=asa:ngika-Madhyamaka, the summit of Buddhist philosophy in Tibet, as articulated by Tsongkhapa. It brings 'S=antideva's text, and Tsongkhapa's interpretation of Pr=asa:ngika-Madhyamaka, into conversation with a vast Buddhist literature from India and Tibet. By articulating the integral relationship between emptiness and interdependence, this text formulates a sustained and powerful argument for emptiness as a metaphysical basis of bodhisattva ethics. This volume makes the ninth chapter accessible to English-speaking teachers and students of the Way of the Bodhisattva.

Mastering Meditation

The first part of this book contains instructions for developing calm abiding, an unshakable single-pointedness of mind.

Author: His Eminence Chöden Rinpoché

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781614296294

Category: Religion

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A legendary contemporary meditation master illuminates practices that are essential to Tibetan Buddhists everywhere. Tibetan Buddhism is estimated to have 18 million followers worldwide. Mastering Meditation gives you the experience of studying with one of the greatest meditation masters of the modern age. His Eminence Chöden Rinpoché was not only a celebrated scholar, honored by selection as a debate partner to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but he was also an accomplished yogi who spent nineteen years in solitary meditation retreat. In this thorough and thoroughly clear book, Rinpoché offers meticulous explanations and profound practical instructions on two essential practices in Tibetan Buddhism: calm abiding and mahamudra. The first part of this book contains instructions for developing calm abiding, an unshakable single-pointedness of mind. The second part, Rinpoché’s direct commentary on the Fourth Panchen Lama’s foundational text, offers advanced instructions on using calm abiding as a platform to develop mahamudra. Rinpoché elucidates both sutra-system mahamudra—meditation on the emptiness of the mind—as well as mantra-system mahamudra, a specialized meditation that uncovers subtle, hidden levels of mind to pierce into the ultimate nature of self and reality, leading finally to complete enlightenment. Drawing from his vast learning and personal experience, Rinpoché provides readers with an open gateway to remarkable states of lucidity and peace.

Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras

When the mind dwells on this onepointedly, that is calm abiding. Based on such calm abiding, special insight is the unmistaken knowledge of the essential reality of all phenomena—the nonconceptuality of their thorough discernment.

Author: Maitreya

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834800113

Category: Religion

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The Buddhist masterpiece Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sūtras, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings, a set of philosophical works that have become classics of the Indian Buddhist tradition. Maitreya, the Buddha’s regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asaṅga in the heavenly realm of Tuṣita. The Ornament provides a comprehensive description of the bodhisattva’s view, meditation, and enlightened activities. Bodhisattvas are beings who, out of vast love for all sentient beings, have dedicated themselves to the task of becoming fully awakened buddhas, capable of helping all beings in innumerable and vast ways to become enlightened themselves. To fully awaken requires practicing great generosity, patience, energy, discipline, concentration, and wisdom, and Maitreya’s text explains what these enlightened qualities are and how to develop them. This volume includes commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, whose discussions illuminate the subtleties of the root text and provide valuable insight into how to practice the way of the bodhisattva. Drawing on the Indian masters Vasubandhu and, in particular, Sthiramati, Mipham explains the Ornament with eloquence and brilliant clarity. This commentary is among his most treasured works.

Tsong kha pa s Final Exposition of Wisdom

Concerning that, calm abiding and special insight are the pair; joining means possession, that is, operating within mutual bonding [that is to say, depending on and influenced by each other such that calm abiding operates like special ...

Author: Jeffrey Hopkins

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559398923

Category: Religion

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In fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Tibet there was great ferment about what makes enlightenment possible, since systems of self-liberation must show what factors pre-exist in the mind that allow for transformation into a state of freedom from suffering. This controversy about the nature of mind, which persists to the present day, raises many questions. This book first presents the final exposition of special insight by Tsong-kha-pa, the founder of the Ge-luk-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in his medium-length Exposition of the Stages of the Path as well as the sections on the object of negation and on the two truths in his Illumination of the Thought: Extensive Explanation of Chandrakirti's Supplement to Nagarjuna's "Treatise on the Middle." It then details the views of his predecessor Dol-po-pa Shay-rap Gyel-tsen, the seminal author of philosophical treatises of the Jo-nang-pa order, as found in his Mountain Doctrine, followed by an analysis of Tsong-kha-pa's reactions. By contrasting the two systems—Dol-po-pa's doctrine of other-emptiness and Tsong-kha-pa's doctrine of self-emptiness—both views emerge more clearly, contributing to a fuller picture of reality as viewed in Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom brilliantly explicates ignorance and wisdom, explains the relationship between dependent-arising and emptiness, shows how to meditate on emptiness, and explains what it means to view phenomena as like illusions.

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics

Special insight refers to a state in which wisdom is fully present, especially the wisdom that uproots ignorance. In usage, both calm abiding and special insight commonly refer to meditative practices that are meant to culminate in ...

Author: Thupten Jinpa

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781614295006

Category: Religion

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The second volume in a prominent new series on Buddhism and science, directed by the Dalai Lama and previously covered by the BBC. Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics compiles classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world, the human mind, logic, and phenomenology and puts them into context for the modern reader. This ambitious four-volume series—a major resource for the history of ideas and especially the history of science and philosophy—has been conceived by and compiled under the visionary supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself. It is his view that the exploratory thinking of great Indian masters in the first millennium CE still has much that is of interest to us today, whether we are Buddhist or not. These volumes make those insights accessible. This, the second volume in the series, focuses on the science of the mind. Readers are first introduced to Buddhist conceptions of mind and consciousness and then led through traditional presentations of mental phenomena to reveal a Buddhist vision of the inner world with fascinating implications for the contemporary disciplines of cognitive science, psychology, emotion research, and philosophy of mind. Major topics include: -The distinction between sensory and conceptual processes and the pan-Indian notion of mental consciousness -Mental factors—specific mental states such as attention, mindfulness, and compassion—and how they relate to one another -The unique tantric theory of subtle levels of consciousness, their connection to the subtle energies, or “winds,” that flow through channels in the human body, and what happens to each when the body and mind dissolve at the time of death -The seven types of mental states and how they impact the process of perception -Styles of reasoning, which Buddhists understand as a valid avenue for acquiring sound knowledge In the final section, the volume offers what might be called Buddhist contemplative science, a presentation of the classical Buddhist understanding of the psychology behind meditation and other forms of mental training. To present these specific ideas and their rationale, the volume weaves together passages from the works of great Buddhist thinkers like Asanga, Vasubandhu, Nagarjuna, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti. His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s introduction outlines scientific and philosophical thinking in the history of the Buddhist tradition. To provide additional context for Western readers, each of the six major topics is introduced with an essay by John D. Dunne, distinguished professor of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice at the University of Wisconsin. These essays connect the traditional material to contemporary debates and Western parallels, and provide helpful suggestions for further reading.

Our Human Potential

Since this is the case, Shántideva's Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds speaks of the special insight that destroys the afflictive emotions as thoroughly depending upon calm abiding:” Having understood that the afflictive emotions Are ...

Author: The Dalai Lama

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842182

Category: Religion

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When His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a series of lectures at Harvard University, they fulfilled magnificently his intention of providing an in-depth introduction to Buddhist theory and practice. He structured the presentation according to the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and expanded their meaning to cover most of the topics of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama’s combination of superb intellect, power of exposition, and practical implementation are evident in these lectures. He covers a broad spectrum of topics, including the psychology of cyclic existence, consciousness and karma, techniques for meditation, altruism, valuing enemies, wisdom, and much more. This book was previously published under the title The Dalai Lama at Harvard.

Buddha Brain and Happiness

These vehicles are effects of calm abiding and special insight. Calm abiding and insight are therefore conditions and causes of the various vehicles of Buddhism. Buddhism is thus a religion established by meditation and insight.

Author: Dieter Borrmann

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780244372774

Category: Religion

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BUDDHA, BRAIN and HAPPINESS. This is a provocative title, because many people assume mind, consciousness or soul is considered to be an aggregate separated and independent from the body. Following the idea that the mind automatically forms as an emergent phenomenon over a sufficiently large number of networking neurons, one can make interesting observations. For this I would like to refer in particular to the chapter of the mind as a mathematical model. The book aims to provide the reader with tools to recognize his own mind, to train it and thereby be happier. The essential tools for that goal are the so-called three higher trainings of Buddhism: ethics, meditation and wisdom. The author is neurologist in own practice in Emmerich/Germany and experienced meditator as well als teacher of Buddhism.

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume Three

Also, Shākyamitra's Ornament of Kosala describes the character of calm abiding and special insight in this 9 way: 3 Calm abiding has the character of contemplation within meditative stabilization; it is a mind operating on a single ...

Author: The Dalai Lama

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834840706

Category: Religion

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama illuminates the highly practical and compassionate use of Tantra for spiritual development in this important classic work. Yoga Tantra is the third volume in The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra series in which the Dalai Lama offers illuminating commentary on Tsongkhapa’s seminal text on Buddhist tantra. It is preceded by Volume I: Tantra in Tibet and Volume II: Deity Yoga. This work opens with His Holiness the Dalai Lama presenting the key features of Yoga Tantra then continues with Tsongkhapa’s section of the main text focusing on this class of tantra. This is followed by an overview of the central practices of the five manifest enlightenments and the four seals written by Khaydrub Je (Khaydrub Geleg Palsang), one of Tsongkhapa’s main students and the first in the line of Panchen Lamas. Jeffrey Hopkins concludes the volume with an outline of the steps of Yoga Tantra practice, which is drawn from the Dalai Lama’s, Tsongkhapa’s, and Khaydrub Je’s explanations.

Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha

The First Bodhisattva Ground Calm Abiding and Nonconceptual Analysis Classic Indian Mahayana literature emphasizes that calm abiding is foundational to special insight. For example, Santideva's Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds ...

Author: Robert E. Buswell

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824812530

Category: Apocryphal books (Tripit̥aka)

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"The study of apocryphal texts is probably the single most important task facing Chinese Buddhist studies today. This volume has done much to get it off on the right foot." --Journal of Asian Studies 50 (1991) "Few books of scholarly essays are this ambitious. The editor ... intends to introduce not just new studies, but a new field of study.... However, rather than marking the birth of Buddhist apocrypha studies, the book ... successfully demonstrates its early maturity." --Monumenta Serica 40 (1992) "The essays are without exception meticulous in scholarship and path-finding in significance." --Journal of Chinese Religions 20 (1992)

Gethsemani Encounter

These objects are called pervasive in the sense that they are used for the development of both calm abiding and special insight. Within this category there are four types of objects. One type is called "an image together with analysis," ...

Author: Donald Mitchell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441106582

Category: Religion

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25 presentations on the spiritual life, with four major talks by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The Essential Dalai Lama

The concentration that generates physical and mental bliss by the force of analyzing the object is special insight. Thereafter, a union of calm abiding and special insight is attained. Calm abiding and special insight are not ...

Author: Rajiv Mehrotra

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101221334

Category: Philosophy

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An invaluable collection that brings together the best of the Dalai Lama's writings on all aspects of life An inspiration to millions of people worldwide, the Dalai Lama has authored more than fifty books. Now, for the first time, The Essential Dalai Lama brings together the best of the Dalai Lama's writings on all aspects of life, from work to meditation. Divided into four sections-The Vision, Buddhist Perspectives, Practice, A World in Harmony-The Essential Dalai Lama contains eloquent applications of the principles of ancient Buddhist thought to contemporary issues, all expressed in the Dalai Lama's uniquely compelling voice. This is the perfect compilation for anyone who wishes to have one source for the Dalai Lama's teachings or who seeks an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Buddhism.

Tibetan Buddhism and Mystical Experience

Tibetan thinkers often argue that special insight necessarily includes calm abiding as its fundamental constituent, i.e., that special insight is synonymous with the union of calm abiding and special insight, and that such union is ...

Author: Yaroslav Komarovski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190273088

Category: Religion

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In this book, Yaroslav Komarovski argues that the Tibetan Buddhist interpretations of the realization of ultimate reality both contribute to and challenge contemporary interpretations of unmediated mystical experience. The model used by the majority of Tibetan Buddhist thinkers states that the realization of ultimate reality, while unmediated during its actual occurrence, is necessarily filtered and mediated by the conditioning contemplative processes leading to it, and Komarovski argues that therefore, in order to understand this mystical experience, one must focus on these processes, rather than on the experience itself. Komarovski also provides an in-depth comparison of seminal Tibetan Geluk thinker Tsongkhapa and his major Sakya critic Gorampa's accounts of the realization of ultimate reality, demonstrating that the differences between these two interpretations lie primarily in their conflicting descriptions of the compatible conditioning processes that lead to this realization. Komarovski maintains that Tsongkhapa and Gorampa's views are virtually irreconcilable, but demonstrates that the differing processes outlined by these two thinkers are equally effective in terms of actually attaining the realization of ultimate reality. Tibetan Buddhism and Mystical Experience speaks to the plurality of mystical experience, perhaps even suggesting that the diversity of mystical experience is one of its primary features.

The Spiritual Life

The image without analysis Is used in rhr process of developing calm abiding. The Image with analysis if used in the process, of developing special insight. And besides these two types, there are two others. The first of these other two ...

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ISBN: 9781590562598

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The World of Tibetan Buddhism

Special insight, on the other hand, is an analytic type of meditation, and therefore the methods for cultivating special insight must correspondingly be analytic in nature. Tranquil, or calm, abiding is a heightened state of awareness ...

Author: Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861710973

Category: Philosophy

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Introduces the basic beliefs of Buddhism, discusses the practice of loving kindness, and looks at Vajrayana Buddhism and the path of tantra

The World of Tibetan Buddhism

Special insight, on the other hand, is an analytic type of meditation, and therefore the methods for cultivating special insight must correspondingly be analytic in nature. Tranquil, or calm, abiding is a heightened state of awareness ...

Author: Dalai Lama

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861719686

Category: Religion

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With characteristic humility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama begins this landmark survey of the entire Buddhist path by saying, "I think an overview of Tibetan Buddhism for the purpose of providing a comprehensive framework of the path may prove helpful in deepening your understanding and practice." In this book, the Dalai Lama delivers a presentation that is both concise and profound, accessible and engaging. As readers explore Tibetan Buddhism more fully than ever before, they will find in His Holiness a great friend and authority.

Opening the Eye of New Awareness

In order toachieve these, one must initially create calmabiding(zhi gnas, śamatha)in one's mental continuum.Then one must createspecial insight(lhagmthong, vipaśyanā) and atthat point onehas createdameditative stabilization that is a ...

Author: Dalai Lama

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861717392

Category: Religion

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Opening the Eye of New Awareness is a succinct, thorough overview of the doctrines of Buddhism as they have been practiced for a thousand years in Tibet. The Dalai Lama here discusses the need for religious practice and the importance of kindness and compassion. Originally written for Tibetan lay people, this was the Dalai Lama's first book on Buddhist philosophy to appear in English, and Prof. Lopez's new introduction places these teachings in their proper historical context. This is an invaluable handbook for both personal use and academic study of the Buddhist path. "Written for both Tibetan and Western readers, Opening the Eye of New Awareness is the Dalai Lama's first religious work. It is not an edited transcript of public lectures, but is His Holliness' own summation of Buddhist doctrine and practice. Completed in 1963, just four years after his escape from Tibet and four years after completing his religious education, it is a work of consummate scholarship by a twenty-seven year-old geshe, wise beyond his years. Nowhere in his many subsequent works does one find a more clear and concise exposition of the essentials of Buddhist thought. Indeed, all of His Holinesss's many publications are in some sense commentaries on this first book."

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra Volume One

The three lower tantras present yoga with signs and yoga without signs which possess aspecial method for quickly generatinga union of calm abiding and special insight that is a wisdom “arisen from meditation” realizing emptiness.

Author: The Dalai Lama

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834840591

Category: Religion

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Tantra in Tibet is the first volume in The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra series in which the Dalai Lama offers illuminating commentary on Tsongkhapa’s seminal text on Buddhist tantra. It is followed by Volume II: Deity Yoga and Volume III: Yoga Tantra. This revised work describes the differences between the Mahayana and Hinayana streams in the sutra tradition, and between the sutra tradition and that of tantra generally. It includes highly practical and compassionate explanations from H.H. the Dalai Lama on tantra for spiritual development; the first part of the classic Great Exposition of Secret Mantra text; and a supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins on the meaning of emptiness, transformation, and the purpose of the four classes of tantra.

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

In that case, there are states called “calm abiding” and “special insight.”9 What is calm abiding and what is ... Special insight means clearly discriminating what is right and what is wrong on that basis. The Ornament of Mahayana Sutra ...

Author: Gampopa

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 9781559398725

Category: Religion

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A masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism—providing the complete foundation for study and practice—from beginning to Buddhahood. Includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding the spiritual master, impermanence, karma, cultivation of bodhicitta, development of the six perfections, the ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of the Buddha.