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eBook Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism ePub

by Andy Karr

  • ISBN: 1590304292
  • Category: Other Eastern Religions and Sacred Texts
  • Subcategory: Spirituality
  • Author: Andy Karr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Shambhala; First Edition edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Pages: 240
  • ePub book: 1734 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1813 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 503

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Contemplating Reality will challenge the advanced student of Buddhism interested in the historical and intellectual .

Contemplating Reality will challenge the advanced student of Buddhism interested in the historical and intellectual richness of this wisdom tradition. This book clearly introduces the main points of Buddhist philosophical inquiry and the key methods for how to contemplate them and gain certainty in them. -Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Wild Awakening. This book will be tremendously helpful for anyone who encounters i. -Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living.

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This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who . He is the author of Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. It introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists.

This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining . The book is structured as a guide for the reader’s journey

This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining practice with study of traditional ideas. The book is structured as a guide for the reader’s journey. For more information about this book, please visit ww.

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This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joinin.

This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining practice with study of traditional ideas. It introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists. Quotations from both historical and living meditation masters and scholars are presented as examples of key principles. Topics include    • Egolessness    • Appearances and reality    • Methods of investigation    • Enlightenment    • Tenets of different schools through the centuries    • The root of compassion    • The origin of thoughts Guided exercises encourage the reader to trust in experiential understanding through deep contemplation of complex concepts. The book is structured as a guide for the reader’s journey.

Comments

Faugami Faugami
This book is unusual in that it presents the complete historical development of Mahayana Buddhist "middle way" philosophy (aka Madyamaka) as both well-expressed concepts (up to the point where concepts cease to work) and also as personal contemplations.

These teachings are particularly relevant for our time because they are so consistent with current scientific theories such as quantum mechanics and relativity. We may understand these conceptually (or not); but either way our gut-level view of reality is rooted back in the 19th century with Isaac Newton.

Karr's purpose in this book is not to make scholars of us; it is to help us reeducate our perception and thinking about reality in light of the insights of Buddhism's ancient but up-to-date philosophies. And if you know anything about them, you will appreciate the achievement of getting from Vaibhashika to Shentong Madyamaka in 200 clear and readable pages!

The author is a serious student of this material, but also a down to earth folksy practitioner who has walked the talk. Contemplating Reality may have only 10 reviews on Amazon (incl. this one) but it is a gem.
Goltigor Goltigor
I can not tell you how many books I have read on the Buddhist view of 'emptiness', 'Ultimate Reality' and such that just left me feeling more confused or hopeless. So much typical Bubbhist language that didn't reasonate in these Western ears. This one is no such book! Everything is explained in a way that is clear and uses modern, Western language and is backed by modern, everyday life examples. It also isn't too scientific in a way that the language would be beyond a lay person's comprehension. Not to say that the topic doesn't require much contemplation... and the book provides contemplations too! I am very grateful for the ease of understanding this book, through this teacher, has finally provided me with.
Knights from Bernin Knights from Bernin
Extremely well-written and lucid, Andy has taken a challenging journey and made it accessible to all. I recommend this to anyone who is searching to understand the truth about reality or to rid themselves of their underlying sense of unsettledness.
Cerekelv Cerekelv
I was looking for a book that could explain in a more comprehensible manner some of the arcane concepts of Buddhism. Andy Karr makes a valiant effort to do so in this book. He has a good sense of humor and relatively down-to-earth approach to subjects that are extremely difficult to grasp. He also explains the different schools of tenets and describes their somewhat differing approaches to the subject. I recommend it!
Xcorn Xcorn
Very inspiring especially for experienced meditators who wish to deeply transform the mind.
Fenrikree Fenrikree
After spending a few frustrating years trying to understand the various schools of Buddhist logic and their arguments about the nature of reality, it was a pleasure to read Andy Karr's book, "Contemplating Reality." Karr takes the reader step by step through the Buddhist logics in everyday language that makes the journey a simple pleasure.

Although the book is written in a way that encourages reading short sections and stopping frequently to think about what has been presented, it is so readable that one can just slow down, smile, and continue on. The progression of the book follows the progression of the Buddhist schools, but somehow Karr has managed to eliminate the tedium that so often accompanies the classic presentations of these arguments.

In fact, I think Karr did a lot of the work for us by clearing up the confusions for himself before presenting the points to us. His understanding make the exercises accessible and enjoyable. And his choice of quotes and poetry from historic Buddhist masters brings a profundity to the material that often transcends logic altogether.

So if you are open to investigating the nature of things as they are, "Contemplating Reality" is a way to understand emptiness and its inherent friendliness that will add freedom and humor to your path in life.
LONUDOG LONUDOG
This is an excellent addition to the library of Buddhist works meant especially for practitioners. It focuses on contemplation, as opposed to either textual study, meditation, or the practice of precepts. Its premise is that contemplation has historically been a key component of practice, a link between study and meditation that is often neglected today. To "flesh out" the practice, the author proceeds through a survey of the Buddhist philosophical landscape, using statements that are key tenets of various systems--e.g. Vaibhashika, Sautrantika, Chittamatra, Madhyamaka--and applying the practice of contemplation to those statements. The statements are explained using examples from everyday life that are often exceptionally clear and thought provoking. This procedure helps you to see how contemplation, like the practice of morality, can be an important component of one's practice, a part of the "mind re-training" so central to serious practice, which cannot be limited to the time of meditation alone. Definitely worthwhile.
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With a wry, sometimes wink-of-the-eye sense of humor, and a spontaneous honesty hard to achieve in print (for all his study, the author cops to once not having had a daily meditation practice), Contemplating Reality untangles the complexity of the schools and subschools of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist thought in the clearest terms I have ever seen--supported by a series of analytical and contemplative meditation exercises derived from 2,500 years of Buddhist practice. Andy Karr's book is personal, practical, plain and profound.