Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos

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In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. The profound teachings in this book provide the under- standing and instruction necessary to turn every phase of life into an opportunity for uncontrived, natural liberation.

Like the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Natural Liberation is a term, a "hidden treasure" attributed to the eighth-century master ...

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Overview

In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. The profound teachings in this book provide the under- standing and instruction necessary to turn every phase of life into an opportunity for uncontrived, natural liberation.

Like the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Natural Liberation is a term, a "hidden treasure" attributed to the eighth-century master Padmasambhava. Gyatrul Rinpoche's lucid commentary accompanies the text, illuminating the path of awakening to the point of full enlightenment. Natural Liberation is an essential contribution to the library of both scholars and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
"This teaching of Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, is finally here for English readers as the heart of this book. This teaching illuminates the most profound questions about who we are and provides a map for the journey through life, death, and rebirth in great depth and simplicity."—
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711314
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 964,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche was born in 1924 in China near the Tibetan border. At the age of seven he was recognized to be a reincarnate tulku and trained at Payul Dhomang Monastery in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche spent many years in solitary retreat before fleeing the Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959. After living in India for twelve years, Rinpoche moved to America and in 1976 was appointed as H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche's spiritual representative in America. Rinpoche has founded many Buddhist centers, including Tashi Choling in Oregon, Orgyen Dorje Den in the San Francisco Bay area, Norbu Ling in Texas, Namdroling in Montana, and a center in Ensenada, Mexico.

B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Introduction: Motivation 3
1 Preliminary Practices for Subduing Your Own Mind-stream 13
2 The Natural Liberation of the Mind-itself: The Four-Session Yoga of Spiritual Activity of the Secret Mantra Vajrayana 53
3 The Natural Liberation of the Foundation: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Living 83
4 The Natural Liberation of Confusion: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Dreaming 141
5 The Natural Liberation of Awareness: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Meditative Stabilization 169
6 The Natural Liberation of Mindfulness of Transference: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Dying 195
7 The Natural Liberation of Seeing: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Reality-itself 235
8 The Natural Liberation of Becoming: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Becoming 257
9 Three Prayers Concerning the Transitional Processes 277
10 The Natural Liberation of the Vast Expanse of the Three Embodiments: A Prayer of the Natural Liberation through Contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful 299
11 The Natural Liberation of the Three Poisons without Rejecting Them: A Guru Yoga Prayer to the Three Embodiments 305
Epilogue 309
Notes 311
Glossary 317
Bibliography 325
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