By Khenchen Thrangu, Jules B. Levinson

Crucial perform is an obtainable and authoritative portrait of a bodhisattva's view, meditation, and behavior via one of many prime masters of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the educate of H.H. the 17th Karmapa. instructing on Kamalashila's treatises outlining the levels of meditation, Thrangu Rinpoche explains the necessity for compassion and how to boost it, the need for a bodhisattva's large and sturdy altruism, in addition to the capability to generate, stabilize, and give a boost to it and the weather key to the meditative practices of calm abiding and perception. an enticing section of crucial perform is the energetic interplay of Thrangu Rinpoche with scholars and individuals of the school of Naropa collage as he unfolds the textual content for them.

With unprecedented generosity, Thrangu Rinpoche took savor fielding uncomplicated and knotty questions that have been positioned to him by means of relative novices and comparatively pro practitioner/scholars. This list of a masterful teacher's directions may help scholars outdated and new to figure out what's necessary to the perform of Buddhism and thereby carry the Buddha's teachings into their very own event. crucial perform provides an incomparable knowledge at the technique and technique of meditation, in addition to the ways that to carry oneself to the transcendence of selfless habit.

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In dependence upon the mountain that is closer, the mountain that is further away is said to be over there. These are merely conventions. ' So, this one is long, right? ' Who can say? When you put it with the longer one, it is short. When you put it with the shorter one, it is long. Actually it is neither long nor short. However, in relation to other things, it may be either long or short. Q: You explained that knowledge without method is a problem. That makes sense. You also said that method without knowledge is a problem too.

However, it appears as a mere conventionality. There is conventional appearance. That conventional existence depends upon other things. For example, when I am on this side of a river, the mountain on the far side of the river is the mountain over there and the mountain on the near side of the river is the mountain over here. When I have crossed to the other side of the river, the mountain that was over there is now here and the mountain that was nearby is now the mountain over there. Which one is really over there and which one is really over here?

Thus, a finger is only a lump in which many, many tiny particles are gathered together. Thus, a hand is not truly one thing, a finger is not truly one thing, a section of a finger is not truly one thing, and a fingernail is not truly one thing. In each case, many things gathered together are conceived to be one thing. Nothing is truly one thing. When we analyze in this way, we arrive in the end at particles. We may wonder whether or not one particle may truly be a single thing. At this point, we are considering particles so tiny that they cannot be separated into pieces.

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