Dharmasri on the Sixteen Degrees of Comprehension by Leon Hurvitz. 7. Indrabhuti’s ‘Confession of Errors in the Fundamental. Teachings of the Vajrayana’. In this book (previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters), Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly. This reprint of Living Buddhist Masters is one of the most valuable books in print on Theravada Buddhist practice, bringing to the reader the.

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With this comes the deepest insight into the emptiness of all conditioned phenomena, and a subsequent detach- ment that is nevertheless peaceful and loving, the radiant natural state of the mind freed from defilements.

Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters

Because insight grows slowly we may get discouraged. But the non-intensive approach has great strengths.

And especially the compassion of Gotama Buddha for us all. What should I do when I feel anger arising? They strive to develop rapidly high levels of concentration and aware- ness leading to insight and wisdom. In other words, the Dhamma is something one does as opposed to believes.

So we see that it is not a question of which practice is hack, but rather which is the most natural, which will suit one’s own personality and bring one most quickly into the balance and harmony that are the result of spiri- tual development. Simply the effort to be mindful, to remember in the present moment what is happening without judging it.

Mar 01, Shinta rated it really liked it Shelves: Dhamma does not change. They represent an livnig record of spoken Livnig, the teachings of many of the greatest modern Buddhist masters. Eating is the same as sleeping. Once you were a child.

Here too, though, the tradition of self- development through meditation includes only a small percentage of the monks and general populace. In the best temples one must first serve a period as a temple boy and then as a novice, learning the rules of the order, the proper social conventions, and behavior of a monk, becoming acquainted with the importance of strictly following the lifestyle and the precepts of monks after ordination. Your doubts in your 44 Copyrighted material Questions and Answers teacher can help you.


Buddhism has manifested itself in a multi- tude of different schools and styles. This is the way to the truths of the Buddha.

Equally, we can say that wisdom is the natural state of the buddist. It’s so densely packed with wisdom that you might have to re-read the same paragraph innumerable times. Let go of your doubts and simply watch. The mind becomes detached, clear, and radiant. When a Thai teacher was asked if medi- tation was like self-hypnosis, he replied, “No, it’s de-hypnosis. Initially some teachers prefer using a concentration technique to enable the meditator to still his wandering, undisciplined mind.

Usually, there is an interview once a day or every other day with the teacher, and only minimal time is spent taking care of the necessities of life. Don’t be attached to anything, just be mindful of whatever there is to see. This handful of leaves, he continued, is the knowledge I have given you compared to the infinite knowledge of the Buddha mind.

Live simply keeping to basic needs. For that moment, the mind is cool because it is filled with attention for what is without the coloration of judgment.

Even among Buddhist monks, only a llving percentage, perhaps less than ten percent, meditate. These profound insights become clear simply from increasing mind- fulness, penetrating awareness of our own process.

One is surrounded by good friends, wise people who value honesty and clarity. People even thought he was mad. Process meditation focuses attention on the body, feelings, mind, and mind 12 Copyrighted material Essential Buddhism objects as they are experienced in their moment-to-moment flow. The most direct way to understand our life situation, who we are and how our mind and body budduist, is to observe with a mind that simply notices all events equally. Yet he told us to eat slowly and mindfully.


Not only are these powers different from wisdom, but they often become blocks to insight and understanding. It is important not to get too hung up on judging a teacher or a center by appearance. As meditation progresses and the mind becomes more subtle, attachments go from outward forms of sense desires of a gross nature to more refined attachments, such as the attachment to certain kinds of bliss, or the lights, or the calm, that ilving come from medita- tion.

A Western monk relates this story: There is one essential point that all good practice must eventually come to. There is nothing special you must do.

Each person has his own natural pace. You must establish a modicum of tranquility and one-pointedness of mind.

Meditation centers are designed prima- rily for intensive retreats, either by monks or lay people. Examine to see how feelings come and go, how thoughts come and go. Besides meeting basic needs, the environment of the meditation centers and monasteries provides special conditions for learning mind control and developing concentration and wisdom.

In talking to the master she detailed how important it was for people to understand Buddhist psychology and how much her students bene- fited from their study with her.

Living Buddhist Masters : Jack Kornfield :

Page – The ajck way that leads to the attainment of purity, to the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, to the end of pain kornfiled grief, to the entering upon the right path and the realisation of Nibbana, is the Four Fundamentals of Attentiveness. Then he explained that in fact his teaching was just a balance. It is quiet only while you are sitting with your eyes closed. Of these meditation monasteries, there are several types.