How To Realize Emptiness Paperback – Sep 16 2010
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Written by a genuine Buddhist master, How to Realize Emptiness gives accurate directions to explore the nature of reality and come to the correct view of the Middle Way. (Ven. Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners)
Not quite 'emptiness made easy' (an impossibility) but it is at least 'emptiness made comprehensible'. (Dharma Life)
Gen Lamrimpa has a down-to-earth approach to this difficult subject which is immediately accessible to beginning students, further clarified by B. Alan Wallace's translation . [Gen Lamrimpa's] teachings which combine analysis with practical exercises are redolent with compassion and insight. (Nancy Patton, Mandala, Editor's Choice, September 2010)
About the Author
Gen Lamrimpa, born in Tibet in 1934, spent most of his life in meditative retreat in Dharamsala, India. He is the author of Calming the Mind, one of the clearest books in English on shamatha meditation.
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The Tibetan contemplative Gen Lamrimpa trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation under some of the greatest masters of the twentieth century. After spending twenty years in solitary retreat, he was requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to take a more active role as a teacher. Subsequently, he accepted an invitation to the West, where he gave the teachings presented here in response to a request for practical instructions on Madhyamaka insight meditation aimed at realizing emptiness.
In Realizing Emptiness, Gen Lamrimpa draws on his theoretical training as well as his solitary meditative experience to show how students can gain realization of ultimate reality. He explains in a practical and down-to-earth fashion how to analyze experience to fathom how it has been misperceived and misunderstood because of our many delusions and how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience theway in which all things exist as dependently related events. Those who wish to apply the Madhyamaka view to meditative practice and daily life will undoubtedly find this work to be of great practical value. The book closes with two chapters on Dzogchen and its relation to Madhyamaka.
It reveals the general impossibility to sense without designating what is 'sensed' - it illuminates how the work-practice of meditation conjoined with the practice of insight is fundamental to achieving a liberation from reaction to our designations and their impermanence.
Highly highly recommended for anyone interested in insight meditation.
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In this book Lamrapa breaks the concept down into somewhat excruciating detail. This isn't a book you can skim or read through quickly. It is dense and I found myself restarting from the beginning several times to make sure that I was grasping everything. But, it solidified my understanding many times over. In the past I would ponder the concept and try to guess at it's application and exact meaning but never felt confident that I was interpreting and applying it correctly. This detailed account was more helpful than anything else I've read on the topic and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Dharma with the only warning being that it is concept heavy and you should come into it knowing that you'll have to intellectually struggle to grasp its meaning simply because of the complexity of the subject (the perceptual and conceptual mind interacting to create illusion and ignorance).
I am impressed with Wallace's skill as a translator. It's amazing how precise the language is and without a very accurate translation this book could easily have been more confusing than helpful. I'll definitely be seeking out other translations by him.
This book is in my top three Dharma books after having read probably 20 or so.