You Are the Eyes of the World, Second Edition

Overview

Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness. Often we form attachments to or feel enslaved by these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of our experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality?the light of the natural mind within everyone.

You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness ...

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Overview

Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness. Often we form attachments to or feel enslaved by these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of our experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality—the light of the natural mind within everyone.

You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn ordinary life off, and it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences; it shows how to live within the source of all life, the unified field where experience takes place.

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"The product of an inspired collaboration. . . . It sustains . . . the interest of the Tibetan and other specialist, owing to the magnitude of Longchenpa’s contribution to Tibetan Buddhist literature and the timely relevance of his Don khrid to a living rDzogs chen commentarial tradition."—Tibet Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393676
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 976,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Longchen Rabjam (1308–1363) was born to a noble family of Tibet under many signs of auspiciousness. He showed great skill in all aspects of scholarship from an early age and excelled throughout his life in the practice and accomplishment of dharma. His power in visualization techniques and ability to actualize miraculous appearances is well known throughout Tibetan history. Longchenpa had many pure visions where he was given direct instructions from Guru Padmasambhava and many other wisdom deities. Recognized as an emanation of Vimalamitra, Longchenpa's sharp acumen and prolific writings have made him one of Tibet's most renowned and precious teachers.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Textual Introduction 1

The kun byed rgyal po 1

Sutra, Tantra, and Agama 2

Longchenpa's Guide 7

Introduction 11

The Spiritual Quest 11

Overview of the Text 13

How to Read the Text 16

The Jewel Ship 17

Anthem 19

Preface 19

Introduction 20

List of Subjects 23

I The Spiritual Advisor 24

II The Student 25

III The Teaching 26

A The Spiritual Heritage 27

B The Main Subject Matter 29

1 Guruyoga 29

The Visualization and Guruyoga 29

2 The Real Subject Matter 31

a Becoming Certain through the Perspective 32

i The Play of Experience 32

ii Experience is Open-Dimensional 34

b Accustoming Yourself to the Perspective 35

c The Way of Life 40

i The Intrinsic Freedom of the Passions 40

ii The Way of Living which Masters Appearances 42

iii Making Your Free Behavior the Path 44

d The Result: Abandonment of Hope and Fear 47

3 How to Integrate Experiences after Meditation 50

C Reserving the Teaching by Not Broadcasting It 53

Epilogue 53

Postscript 54

Concluding Thoughts 54

Colophon 55

Commentary 57

Self-knowledge 57

Being True to Yourself 62

Different Paths 65

Renunciation and Transformation 66

Intrinsic Freedom 69

Appendices 79

A The History and Structure of the kun byed rgyal po 79

B Quotations from the Root Text 89

Glossary 91

Further Readings 95

Index 99

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