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Your Mind Is Your Teacher: Self-Awakening Through Contemplative Meditation

Your Mind Is Your Teacher: Self-Awakening Through Contemplative Meditation

Gawang, Khenpo

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Buddhism

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ISBN10: 1590309979
ISBN13: 9781590309971
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: Jul 2 2013
Pages: 240
Weight: 0.61
Height: 0.64 Width: 5.22 Depth: 8.72
Language: English
This concise handbook of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, designed for Western students, is centered on a sitting practice called Contemplative Meditation. This practice can be used as a way to change troublesome habits, even by someone with little knowledge of Buddhism. Although the teachings are based it on a nineteenth-century text by Lama Mipham, they are presented in a non-scholarly way, with examples drawn from modern life and everyday experience. In particular, the author addresses the unique attitudes and questions of twenty-first-century Westerners who are exploring Buddhism.

The practice taught in the book consists of a reflection on four subjects, known as the Four Seals of the Buddha's teaching: multiplicity, impermanence, suffering, and emptiness. Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche explains how to investigate each of these topics in a way that helps you recognize your innate wisdom mind, which is your ultimate teacher. Once you learn how to examine your own mind and your life with this method, you will start to look at everything differently. By helping to dissolve negative thoughts and habits, the practice can increase your focus, confidence, self-esteem, and happiness.

Along with exercises and questions, short readings, a glossary, and checklists for study, this book provides a complete handbook, with simple instructions for additional practices:

- the Ninefold Exhalation, a breathing method for expelling stale air before meditation

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