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Stages of Meditation

Stages of Meditation 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 wh

  • Title: Stages of Meditation
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV
  • ISBN: 9781559391979
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, andThe 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.

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    1. Dalai Lama XIV

      Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born Lhamo D ndrub , the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world s most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family He was proclaimed the tulku an Enlightened lama who has consciously decided to take rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two.On 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, he was enthroned as Tibet s ruler Thus he became Tibet s most important political ruler just one month after the People s Republic of China s invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950 In 1954, he went to Beijing to attempt peace talks with Mao Zedong and other leaders of the PRC These talks ultimately failed.After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.Tenzin Gyatso is a charismatic figure and noted public speaker This Dalai Lama is the first to travel to the West There, he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007.

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    1. I need to reread this--I read it quickly during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's week-long teachings from it--and perhaps I appreciate this text more for the explanations His Holiness offered during those teachings, but this book is, so far, one of the two most profound and instructive guides to formal meditation I've read yet. It's not for beginners, because I feel some background in Buddhist philosophy and/or meditation practices will be useful, but it's not for experts, either--I'm certainly no [...]



    2. This is a great book for those who have already become comfortable with the process of meditation. For many years, I did not know how to take my meditation to the next level and this book has valuable lessons to get the most out of meditation practice. According to this text, this book is the middle teaching of a three-part teaching. I am not sure if there are english translations of the other two teachings. If anyone knows how to find it, please contact me!



    3. The content of the book is heavy; it takes time to absorb, comprehend and analyze. But the essence of the content is so simple and applicable to day-to-day life.


    4. (In Spanish below)"Stages of meditation" is His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama oral commentary on Kamalashila's (the 8th Century Indian master who first helped establish Buddhism in Tibet along with Shantarakshita) Middle Stages of Meditation, a text on the development of relative bodhichitta (equanimity, great loving-kindness and great compassion, the enlightenment thought) and absolute bodhichitta (mental quiescence and special insight).Both the original text and His Holiness explanation of it ar [...]


    5. This book contains the XIV Dalai Lama's translation of, and commentary on, the intermediate stages of meditation outlined by Kamalashita. Kamalishita was a 9th-century Indian scholar, "the first to compose a significant text in Tibet with the intention of dispelling the misunderstandings then prevailing there." The book is a translation of the teaching that the Dalai Lama gave in 1989 at Manali, a small town that has a long relationship with Tibetans and the people of the Indo-Tibetan border reg [...]


    6. A great book and well worth your investment of money, time & mind. A great orientation to meditation and some important Buddhist spiritual insights to help orient your meditation, life and help you understand some important factors impacting meditations outcome (calm abiding) and its consequences (compassion, mindfulness). At the time i read this my experience with meditation was nascent and the snippets and gems picked up helped me progress my meditation immensely. I think this is a great b [...]


    7. This book captures the Dalai Lama in his classical role, explaining an ancient Buddhist text to monks in Northern India. The exposition is simply translated from Tibetan, and it shows us the subtlety of an advanced class for committed practitioners. Where our sound-bite world commonly simplifies religion to some "main point", the Dalai Lama's careful reflections always maintain a balancing act. The terse root text by Kamalashila is expanded on, the way a seasoned mountain guide explains a map th [...]


    8. This was a very enlightening book, I enjoyed both the presentation and explanations. Though there are part or thoughts that I do not agree, my purpose for picking up this book was to better understand how to clear my mind and learn to meditate. The Dalai Lama helped me understand the difficulties I have been experiencing. Reading Stages of Meditation has help me improve. I often find my mind reaching that "calm abiding," during my early morning walks and also during other times of the day. I rec [...]


    9. I'm certain that this text has a huge amount of wisdom in it, but I wasn't able to understand most of it at this time. I wouldn't consider this the Dalai Lama's most accessible work. Though it is a very complete interpretation and analysis of Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation, I feel that this requires an extensive background in Buddhist texts to comprehend. If you are looking for a book by the Dalai Lama that is more approachable for Westerners or beginning Buddhist scholars, I'd recommend the [...]


    10. This translation of an old Tibetan text by the Dalai Lama is very insightful, but I think it could be confusing if you are new at Buddhist teachings. The translation of some of his phrases are not oriented toward Americans. An understanding of some of these translation phrases needs some thought and consideration.


    11. I've read several books on religion/beliefs (Buddhism in particular). This is by far the best one I've read. I don't know if reading the previous books made this one so clear. The teachings start from small building blocks of being ready. Then meditating correctly. And finally leaving meditation with peace and clarity to be the help the world needs.


    12. Although I love the Dalai Lama, his books for me tend to miss the mark and become too steeped in Buddhist traditions. My meditation practice is perhaps too novice for this book as I did not find it very helpful. There definitely are many wonderful insights throughout the book, but overall I found it difficult and slow to read.


    13. boy, talk about fatty. I learned absolute patience from this book.My advice for this one, is ; Take a paragraph, and think about it for a couple hours, then read it again.Im still trying to understand parts of this book. Think it'll be the next to be picked up again, after the Dark Tower Series


    14. This book is a succinct and informative discourse on basic elements of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. It's too abstract to act as a beginner's handbook, but it can help deepen your practice or provide some understanding of the Mahayana path within Buddhism.


    15. While there were good ideas in the book, it was too obscured by technical terms and such. I hoped it would have been a bit more practical and sometimes I wondered if the straining of concentration needed to read the book were the stages of meditation


    16. If you like buddhist philosophy and you are on meditation. Then the book is for you. Otherwise it is not for general people who do meditation. The book describe pre-requisite and different stages of meditation from the perspective of Buddhism.


    17. A practical approach to the art of meditation. His holiness gives a very practical guide in the techniques of the Tibetan tradition. While somewhat repetitive at times it merely underlines the simplicity of the approach.


    18. Whether you find yourself in heaven or hell, your purpose is to help other sentient beings. It does not matter how long it takes. You should determine that the altruistic intention to achieve Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings will be your only practice, whether you live or die.


    19. Another great book by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.Too analytical! A great book for those who have already become comfortable with the process of meditation.This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures.


    20. (Part of the teachings in Madison along with Bodhicaryavatara.) Based on Kamalashila's work. Basically the only Buddhist book a practitioner needs.One of my top 10 Buddhist books.



    21. This is good, but lets face it not many of my friends are into this. You have to want to explore this avenue in order to appreciate it.




    22. by reading the reviews I am almost confused as to what book I had just read If you are found of the Dalai Lama, this is part of his routine. calm abiding




    23. HHDL does Master Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation, the source text on which all Tibetan Buddhists meditation teachings are based.


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