Mind at Ease: Self-Liberation through Mahamudra Meditation

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In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon presents a thorough introduction to the Kagyu lineage's Mahamudra tradition. The author's approach is straightforward—he presents the Mahamudra teachings as a means of seeing things in, as he says, "a positive and open light. Even things we might normally regard as bad and undesirable can be interpreted in a more uplifting way due to the expansiveness of the Mahamudra vision." Mahamudra—which means "great seal" or "great symbol," referring to...
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Overview

In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon presents a thorough introduction to the Kagyu lineage's Mahamudra tradition. The author's approach is straightforward—he presents the Mahamudra teachings as a means of seeing things in, as he says, "a positive and open light. Even things we might normally regard as bad and undesirable can be interpreted in a more uplifting way due to the expansiveness of the Mahamudra vision." Mahamudra—which means "great seal" or "great symbol," referring to the symbol or mark of ultimate reality, or emptiness—points to the true nature of mind as well as the ultimate insubstantiality of all things.

The book includes an exploration of Mahamudra fundamentals and thorough explanations of Ground, Path, and Fruition Mahamudra, including meditation techniques for investigating, experiencing, and contemplating these teachings.

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"Traleg Kyabgon is exceptionally learned and has undergone extensive training in both Buddhist studies and contemporary mind sciences. His work will bring tremendous benefit to all spiritual seekers in the West."—Khenchen Thrangu, author of An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning and tutor to Karmapa XVII
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590301562
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,012,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Traleg Kyabgon (1955–2012) was born in Eastern Tibet and educated by many great masters of all four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with a major practice center in upstate New York and a practice community in New York City. He taught extensively at universities and Buddhist centers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia beginning in 1980, and is the author of numerous books that present Buddhist teachings to Western readers, including The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 Fundamentals
1 What is mahamudra 3
2 The importance of correct view 22
3 The spiritual path 32
4 Deluded mind, enlightened mind 51
5 The four preliminaries 60
6 The four immeasurables 92
Pt. 2 Ground mahamudra
7 Buddha-nature 121
Pt. 3 Path mahamudra
8 Tranquillity meditation 143
9 Insight meditation 168
Pt. 4 Fruition mahamudra
10 The four yogas of mahamudra 209
11 On the spiritual journey 225
App "Precious sun" 229
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