His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides intimate details on an advanced meditation practice called Dzogchen using a visionary poem by the 19th-century saint Patrul Rinpoche, author of the Buddhist classic Words of My Perfect Teacher. The Dalai Lama deftly connects how training the mind in compassion for other beings is directly related to - and in fact a prerequisite for - the very pinnacle of Buddhist meditation. He presents his understanding, confirmed again and again over millennia, that the cultivation of both compassion and wisdom is absolutely critical to progress in meditation and goes into great depth on how this can be accomplished. While accessible to a beginner, he leads the listener in very fine detail on how to identify innermost awareness - who we really are - how to maintain contact with this awareness, and how to release oneself from the endless stream of our thoughts to let this awareness, always present, become consistently apparent.
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In my opinion, this is why Buddhism would fail to bring peace and tranquility to the world. The teachings are too complex to be understood by most people who need them the most. This book is a perfect example. I stopped listing a little over half way through. I just leaned back and thought "wow. What a complex maze one must go though. In short, poor explanation, and I got nothing useful from this.
"More suitable for advanced Buddhist practitioners and scholars"
I found this book very difficult to follow. It was too academic and the style of writing was not suited to someone looking for a more accessible introduction to the principles of meditation. This needs to be made clear in the description of the book. I got to the end through sheer perseverance but probably got 1% of the content. The narration did not help either- it sounded too pompous and sermon-like. I wanted to like this book and was hoping to find some meaning but it just went above my head.
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