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Boundless Wisdom: A Mahamudra Practice Manual Paperback – 14 Aug 2018
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Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952–2014), was the 14th Shamarpa. The Shamarpa or “Red Hat Lama of Tibet” is Tibetan Buddhism’s second oldest reincarnate lineage after the Karmapa’s lineage. Born in Derge, Tibet, Shamar Rinpoche was recognized by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1957 and was enthroned as the 14th Shamarpa in 1963. He was also recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama. Following many years of study with Buddhist scholars, he began in 1980 to spread the Buddha dharma, teaching at Karma Kagyu centers throughout the world. Shamar Rinpoche was an accomplished Buddhist master and teacher, respected and cherished by many students of Buddhism the world over.
In 1996, Shamar Rinpoche began organizing Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a network of centers covering many continents, in which a non-sectarian approach to meditation is practiced. In addition over the years, he founded several non-profit organizations worldwide engaged in charitable activities, including projects to provide schooling for children born into poverty, and an organization committed to promoting animal rights.
Shamar Rinpoche encouraged meditation and study among his students, and authored several books for these purposes during his lifetime, including a detailed biographical compilation on the 10th Karmapa, A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters (2012), and a concise meditation guide, Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (2013), both published by Bird of Paradise Press. Shamar Rinpoche authored a key text for students, The Path to Awakening (Delphinium Books, distributed by Harper Collins, 2014), a presentation of Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven Points of Mind Training, which is both a timely guide to living a fulfilling life as a Buddhist, and a practical manual of meditation techniques. Shamar Rinpoche provided advice to his students on how to integrate his three instruction manuals: Boundless Awakening, Boundless Wisdom, and The Path to Awakening. This advice is included in the preface of this text, Boundless Wisdom: A Mahamudra Practice Manual.
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Or, look for inspiration to the more advanced chapters on Mahamudra from Rinpoche, which is where he is able give beautiful glimpses of the terrain that we likely will not see for ourselves for quite a long time. "Thoughts and emotions", he writes, "are the mind in motion, and as such, they are inseparable from the mind itself. Since the mind is experienced to be unborn and empty in nature, so too are passing concepts." Interspersed with these glimpses of higher realization are more practical advice, which, reading now, we will imprint on our minds for our future practice.
This book is subtitled "A Mahamudra Practice Manual". If you are ready to dedicate yourself to practice, this manual will be indispensable. To become ready, heed Rinpoche's profound advice from his "Concluding Remarks": "First and foremost, if you wish to attain the awakened state of a Buddha, change your self-centered way of thinking and behavior into the way of thinking and behavior of a Bodhisattva. Develop a compassionate attitude with the strongest possible wish to benefit others." This, I find, is what transforms the practicality, the methodicalness, the technicality of this wonderful book into some of the most deeply inspiring words I have encountered.
I don't feel lacking about missing the 2nd part because I believe I am on the path to awakening (pun intended from Rinpoche's other book) and being not on the level of mahamudra meditation means there is a lot that I need to work on. Judging from clear disposition throughout the book, I have high confidence that someone whom is on mahamudra meditation will find it valuable in the 2nd part as much as I find it valuable in regular meditation from the 1st part of the book.
Freshness of the moment. Flow that happens in the mind. Opportunities and enemies. Hold on to feelings of life we are already half dead. What is actually happening. Let go of clinging fresh awareness beginning of joy. One breath after another next moment. Disagreeable feelings no fear to die. Patiently face one feeling after another. Spiritual consciousness observant of what’s around you applying it. The-back story and how the mind is acting. Heart and feelings. Contact with people bring up feelings opening up to feelings. Face all the problems of liberation. Mindfulness is not a coat observer a lamp setting light not a judge light and warmth. Compassion and love give ourselves a hug.
Unless your art unto the world. Respect the wheel and transition ions of failures with new mistakes and experience. A book writing by someone who sees the light in all of us and is getting us to see it within are self’s.