The Mirror of Mindfulness, Updated Edition: The Cycle of the Four Bardos

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In The Mirror of Mindfulness, seventeenth-century master Tsele Natsok Rangdröl teaches that there is an identical essence intrinsic to the heart, mind, and spirit in every human being. The realization of this essential oneness in humanity, he said, makes any man or woman a Buddha. The book focuses on how to reach this understanding through a system of training of timeless, universal value that has been developed in Tibet. According to editor Erik Pema Kunsang Schmidt, the truth such training conveys is as ...

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Overview

In The Mirror of Mindfulness, seventeenth-century master Tsele Natsok Rangdröl teaches that there is an identical essence intrinsic to the heart, mind, and spirit in every human being. The realization of this essential oneness in humanity, he said, makes any man or woman a Buddha. The book focuses on how to reach this understanding through a system of training of timeless, universal value that has been developed in Tibet. According to editor Erik Pema Kunsang Schmidt, the truth such training conveys is as meaningful for a modern meditation practitioner as it was centuries ago for Buddhists in India and Tibet.The Mirror of Mindfulness addresses the experiences of passing through the bardos into the next life. While relatively brief, the book fully expresses the depth of the spiritual lineage it springs from: a system of training that offers the possibility of enlightenment in a single lifetime. Newly designed and with a new translation of the Final Words of Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, this book is the foundation for the often-cited commentary Bardo Guidebook by contemporary teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and is widely seen as indispensable for the serious study of Tibetan Buddhism. Included are contextualizing introductions, a foreword, preface, prologue, epilogue, appendix, and glossary.

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"I considered that this explanation of the bardos would benefit everyone interested in the Dharma. The words are clear and easy to understand, and lengthy scholarly expositions are not emphasized. This text, easy to comprehend and containing all the key points and very direct instructions, results from following the oral advice of a qualified master."—Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Bardo teachings may sound very fascinating and colourful, but the vital point is onès individual practice right now. Why have medicine when sick, if one does&ngrave;t use it? Without training, our studies become mere intellectual understanding. If study were sufficient, we could simply lean back and read a book about Dzogchen. In fact, there is no way around actual training. The whole reason for receiving bardo teachings has been traditionally described as that of "connecting a broken water pipe"—by training now, one will be able to continue the "flow" of practice through the bardo state to the following life. In the Dzogchen system bardo training is indispensable."—Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

"[T]he subject matter, death and rebirth, is a very important and pertinent topic for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Tibetan Buddhism contains many books which encompass teachings on that topic, and this text is … easy to undersand. The author's style is very clear, precise, and direct.… Therefore, please read it carefully and take the meaning to heart."—Tulku Chökyi Nyima

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789627341659
  • Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tsele Natsok Rangdröl (born c. 1608) is renowned in the Kagyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism for his brilliant scholarship and meditative accomplishment.

Erik Pema Kunsang Schmidt has translated and edited more than fifty volumes of Tibetan texts and oral teachings, including Treasures from Juniper Ridge. He lives in Denmark.

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