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

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

by Dzigar Kongtrul
     
 

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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.

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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 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:
1,138,736
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher
“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

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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