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Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With [NOOK Book]

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There are two essential elements to the spiritual path says this popular teacher from the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa: (1) understanding that you’re already enlightened, already perfect in wisdom right here and now, and (2) accessing that natural wakefulness through spiritual practice. These two aspects depend upon each other and work together. Gaylon Ferguson’s teaching on the twin aspects of view and practice is a perfect introduction for the beginning meditator and it offers ...

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Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With

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Overview

There are two essential elements to the spiritual path says this popular teacher from the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa: (1) understanding that you’re already enlightened, already perfect in wisdom right here and now, and (2) accessing that natural wakefulness through spiritual practice. These two aspects depend upon each other and work together. Gaylon Ferguson’s teaching on the twin aspects of view and practice is a perfect introduction for the beginning meditator and it offers fresh perspectives for the non-beginner too.


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Editorial Reviews

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“This welcoming book offers a wise, warm-hearted, and practical understanding of the awakened heart.”—Jack Kornfield

"The advice in this book will be of tremendous benefit to those who have the courage to engage their mind and heart and develop their potential. As a result, it will benefit the greater world.”—Sakyong Mipham, author of Turning the Mind into an Ally

“Many essential questions on the view and meditation practice of Buddhadharma—and everyday life—are answered here with great clarity and with a genuine heart of caring and loving-kindness.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind

“Acharya Gaylon Ferguson is an exceptional meditation teacher.”—Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, author of Mind at Ease and The Essence of Buddhism

“A wonderfully wise and practical introduction to mindfulness meditation that explores and addresses all the ins and outs of the practice, the obstacles and confusions, as well as the rewards of this path. Highly recommended.”—John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822658
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 953,633
  • File size: 792 KB

Meet the Author

Gaylon Ferguson is a faculty member in both Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. He is an acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala International Buddhist community. After studying meditation and Buddhist philosophy with Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa in the 1970s and 1980s, Ferguson became a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria and completed a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. After several years of teaching cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, he became teacher-in-residence at Karmê Chöling Buddhist Retreat Center, through 2005, when he joined the faculty of Naropa University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Sakyong Mipham ix

Introduction xi

1 Awakening to the Life of Reruns 1

2 Natural Training 19

3 Mindful Open Presence: A Gentle Way of Training 31

4 Home Ground: Resting Attention in the Body 40

5 Dancing Stillness: Helpful Hints on Mindfulness of Body Meditation 56

6 Welcoming: The Feeling of Mindfulness 73

7 Fear and Abundance: Conversations about Mindfulness of Feeling 88

8 Awareness of Mind's Flow 108

9 Seeing beyond Hope and Fear: Conversations on Mindfulness of Mind 120

10 Opening the Doors of Perception: Mindfulness of the Sense Fields 133

11 Awakening from the Nightmare of Materialism 141

12 Awakening Communities of Courage: The Good Ground of Awakened Heart 154

Acknowledgments 173

Notes 177

Resources 189

Index 193

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