By Jes Bertelsen, Marianne Bentzen
This guide to spirituality gathers jointly Danish meditation instructor Jes Bertelsen's recommendation on education the brain via wordless prayer and meditation to gain the essence of recognition. Bertelsen has been instructing philosophy and meditation because the early Nineteen Seventies; in 1989, he met the Tibetan lama Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who licensed Jes Bertelsen to coach Dzogchen, and to take action utilizing his personal judgment as to the main applicable method to assimilate those teachings into Western tradition. Bertelsen's teachings are in response to an experiential research of the character of attention, utilizing comparative research of japanese and Western non secular teachings and awareness practices on a origin of recent mental, philosophical, and medical approaches.
Essence of Mind outlines the author's adventure and method of Dzogchen, the common primordial nation of human realization that's undying, natural, and untouched via agony. The ebook is split into 3 elements. the 1st half describes diverse equipment for mentioning the essence of recognition and the strategies with regards to them. the second one half seeks to stipulate the major rules of a coaching procedure suited for Western scholars which may result in awareness. the ultimate part outlines the importance of continuing workouts, and describes the best way non secular perform slowly permeates everyday life, desires, sleep, and finally dying. during the mind-training method, the practitioner methods a nearly ecstatic country final touch, a luminous, joyful wakefulness during which the cognizance is additionally totally cozy, now not clinging to bliss or needing ecstasy, yet obvious and open.
Bertelsen emphasizes that whereas extra complicated different types of religious education can basically happen in a face-to-face, deeply engaged mutual procedure among instructor and scholar, books are worthy as assets of proposal, specifically to aid evaluate one's insights and refresh one's practice. Essence of brain systematizes the studies that happen alongside the non secular course and is helping scholars to refine, right, and make clear their efforts; it's the author's wish that many scholars within the West could be in a position to take advantage of his comparative method of Dzogchen.
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It's a seeing, should you have been blind earlier than. A wakefulness, for those who have been asleep earlier than. a non secular point of view, should you purely perceived the materialistic sooner than. it's normal and visible that once usual dualistic realization pertains to the transdual religious recognition, it could in simple terms speculate and think; it truly is very unlikely to argue by some means intellectually. this is often fit and traditional. however it doesn't have a lot to do with truth. it's the previous tale: Do you, or don’t you, are looking to glance through Galilei’s telescope? a few think and others doubt. a few imagine they understand, intellectually, that what the guy says you'll find within the telescope is a lie. simply these those who deliver themselves to really glance can detect what the truth is. And it's the exact same with transdual cognizance. simply those that perform and are sufferer can get to the bottom of the query of what it truly is like. with no perform (wordless prayer and meditative deepening)—either there's doubt, rejection as a result of prejudice; or there's trust and religion. there is not any genuine wisdom. How could a great eye physician in a global of blind humans encourage them to undergo the problems of a watch operation? And what if the attention healthcare professional even needed to encourage those humans, born blind, to adopt years and years of onerous preliminary arrangements, in addition to later, extra accomplished interventions via themselves, and he might step in just on the final moment—what may the opportunity of luck be? And but everybody was once born with the ability for sight, however the blind might in simple terms open their eyes via their very own efforts. might we comprehend the seeing person’s compassion for the blind? may we comprehend the seeing person’s statement that every one the agony and difficulties brought on by the blindness have been pointless, and slightly self-inflicted: by means of neglecting to advance the potential of sight? and will we additionally comprehend the seeing person’s relief—intermingled along with her compassion—at understanding that everybody might turn into capable of see in the event that they desired to; that they have been born equivalent, and that the valuable skill for sight was once current as an equivalent danger in every person? This, or whatever like this, I think, is how the good enlightened masters of our planet should have felt. or even those that maybe have simply simply gotten one eyelid a bit open in the course of the first steps of the enlightenment procedure will certainly suppose that method. The secret of cognizance is positioned at that severe element the place the adventure of now not having the ability to get any farther by yourself exhibits itself. you could spread your ego, reside the great existence, do psychotherapy, paintings with self-development, do routines, pray and meditate. commonly, humans can paintings most of these issues out for themselves. In those steps you could draw on books, and on proposal from academics in self-development, in addition to from people. in case you comprehend the data approximately wordless prayer and meditation together with your very life, realize it by way of working towards, comprehend it together with your middle rather than along with your mind by myself, it is possible for you to to know the oblique message that the religious is acquisition in inwardness.