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By Bruce Newman

This can be a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and extremely obtainable. The e-book starts off with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary stumble upon with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via the entire steps beneficial for profitable perform within the West. integrated is succinct guidance on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, turning into lively in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. specific emphasis is put on the aptitude pitfalls, and the wonderful merits, of the guru-disciple relationship. 

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So the guru will know what kind of practice is right for you and will be able to instruct you in its tech­ niques and meaning. He'll also know when you're ready to move on to something new. Also, when we have difficulties or obstacles in our practice, our teacher will know the techniques for removing them. Believe me, some really strange things can happen when you begin to meditate diligently. It is not always obvious what to do about these experiences, or even whether they're good or bad. I've talked to a couple of people just recently who get 14 A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism hot when they meditate.

I try to apply this to the other points as well. Not getting too irritated by 38 A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism my environment, but trying to see the beauty and vastness in all places. Not getting stressed by grating noise, but using it to open my mind. I can't claim to be very successful, but I’m trying, and at the least I am able to use these approximations as a starting point. So you see, pure per­ ception is both the starting point and the central concept in both Vajrayana practice and in keeping the samaya vows and commitments.

Druppon means retreat master, someone with great meditative expe­ rience who oversees a long group retreat. Expect him to be very ascetic, to emphasize retreat, and to teach that if you simply practice more dili­ gently, everything will be all right. ) Finding a Teacher 25 All monasteries have "throne-holders," the most revered lamas of their monasteries. The larger the monastery or monastic system, the greater the fame and esteem of the lama. Most throne-holders are tulkus; for instance, the throne-holder of Palpung is always the Tai Situ Rinpoche.

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