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Light Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to Our Natural Intelligence

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Buddhahood, says Dzigar Kongtrül, is nothing but an unobstructed experience of the nature of mind, boundlessly spacious and limitlessly compassionate. The trick is that in order to see the mind accurately, we must use the particular aspect of mind he calls natural intelligence. Natural intelligence enables us to discriminate between what helps or hinders us. But most of all, it’s the part of us that searches for happiness and meaning. In Light Comes Through, he shows us how to skillfully use our wish for ...
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Overview

Buddhahood, says Dzigar Kongtrül, is nothing but an unobstructed experience of the nature of mind, boundlessly spacious and limitlessly compassionate. The trick is that in order to see the mind accurately, we must use the particular aspect of mind he calls natural intelligence. Natural intelligence enables us to discriminate between what helps or hinders us. But most of all, it’s the part of us that searches for happiness and meaning. In Light Comes Through, he shows us how to skillfully use our wish for happiness as a tool in awakening to the joyous wisdom of mind.
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“This is a wonderful fresh look at the amazing potential of our human mind.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

“There is a comforting bravery in Kongtrül’s thinking that clarifies the differences between ‘trying to arrange the world according to our preferences’ and ‘delighting in the way our experience naturally unfolds.’ This is a suitably calm and graceful pathway illuminated by a Buddhist master.”—Publishers Weekly

“An interesting and refreshing snapshot of Buddhist teachings.”—Yoga Magazine (UK) 

Light Comes Through is an inspired, well-written, and creative examination of topics such as faith, romance, developing happiness for others, and facing our own suffering with perspective and compassion. It is a wonderful guidebook for living a very different kind of life.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

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Friend and teacher of the high-profile author Pema Chödrön, Tibetan Buddhist lama Kongtrül grew up in a monastic environment and received broad training in Buddhist doctrine. Steadily gaining in sophistication in its three sections, this slender book has wisdom for practitioners of all levels. The first part lays bare the five self-centered emotions of jealousy, aggression, attachment, arrogance and stupidity. The second, which delves into working with others, offers fresh material on working with a teacher, as well as understanding the pull of our emotions and thoughts in everyday relationships. The final part, on emptiness, is more suited to advanced practitioners who are ready to embrace esoteric teachings. Kongtrül's primary mission is to help readers train their minds in wisdom. There is a comforting bravery in his thinking about the difference between "trying to arrange the world according to our preferences" and "delighting in the way our experience naturally unfolds." (July 8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590307199
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,448,911
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dzigar Kongtrül grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In 1989, he moved to the United States with his family and in 1990, he began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at Naropa University. He also founded Mangala Shri Bhuti, his own teaching organization, during this period. He has established a mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, in southern Colorado. When not guiding students in long-term retreats and not in retreat himself, Rinpoche travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Five Self-Centered Emotions

1 Self-Clinging: The Juice of Self-Centered Emotions 3

2 Guilty as Charged!: A Case against Jealousy 9

3 The Other Side of the Fence: A Case against Aggression 17

4 Invisible Strings: A Case against Attachment 29

5 Entering the Circle of Dogs: A Case against Arrogance 39

6 Connecting Seed and Fruit: A Case against Stupidity 47

Part 2 Working With Others

7 The Lenchak Dynamic: Not a Healthy Kind of Love 55

8 Part of the Equation: No Room for Indifference 65

9 Putting Others in the Center: The Fundamental Principle 69

10 Faith: Opening the Shutters 75

11 Working with a Teacher: Not a One-hand Clap 81

12 Devotion and Lineage: From the Womb of the Mother 89

Part 3 Teachings On Emptiness

13 Mere Appearance: Thinking like an Elephant 97

14 The Haunted Dominion of the Mind: Shaken from Within 103

15 The "Unfindability" of Phenomena: Disassembling Delusion 113

16 Light Comes Through: Potential and Entirety 119

Recommended Reading 123

Mangala Shri Bhuti Centers 125

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