In the Footsteps of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on the Essence of Meditation (Paperback)
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A complete path of meditation training framed by the Buddha's words in the King of Samadhi Sutra--one of the most important Mahayana sutras--from a contemporary, accessible voice.
The term "meditation" is often spoken of as a single, uniform practice, but in fact there are innumerable techniques that can be employed to achieve different ends. However, to make real progress in any practice, the methods need to be paired with a view of how our minds and our experience of the world around us really work.
In this uncommonly practical and experiential guide, Phakchok Rinpoche teaches us how to achieve this correct view so we can genuinely practice a meditation that will transform our lives by helping us abandon our own bad habits and hypocrisy. In this way, we will make real progress on the path to true freedom from the cyclic patterns we follow that only lead to unhappiness. Grounding this presentation is The King of Samadhi Sutra--one of the most important teachings in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition--which the author uses as a touchstone throughout. The simplicity will appeal to new and aspiring meditators, while the insightful approach based on living these practices will help seasoned practitioners get unstuck and make swift progress.
About the Author
PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE is a new-generation Tibetan Buddhist Master. Born in 1981, Rinpoche was recognized as the seventh Phakchok Rinpoche and incarnation of a great teacher and meditation master. Receiving ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche received a thorough education and training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation, studying with some of the most accomplished masters of modern times, his main teachers being his grandfather Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche completed his education at the Dzongsar Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies in Bir, India, where he received the Khenpo title. Rinpoche travels the world, teaching in Buddhist centers, universities, and monasteries from Asia to the US, from South America to Europe.
“There is abundant insight, clarity, and wisdom to be found here. This book is for anyone interested in meditation, from the mildly curious to those deeply committed to a practice within a Buddhist lineage or any spiritual tradition. The gift Phakchok Rinpoche is offering us is a path to enlightenment, which is the freedom from suffering.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
“Challenges and motivates us, at the same time urging us to go beyond our comfort zone in our practice while always pulling us back to the grounded experience and memories of Rinpoche’s stories and reflections. The book helps us to absorb, intimately, the same wisdom that Phakchok Rinpoche gathered from the King of Meditation Sutra.”—Buddhistdoor Global