Essence of Mind: An Approach to Dzogchen

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 achieve the essence of attention. Bertelsen has been educating philosophy and meditation because the early Seventies; in 1989, he met the Tibetan lama Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who approved Jes Bertelsen to coach Dzogchen, and to take action utilizing his personal judgment as to the main acceptable strategy to assimilate those teachings into Western tradition. Bertelsen's teachings are in keeping with an experiential research of the character of attention, utilizing comparative research of japanese and Western non secular teachings and attention practices on a origin of contemporary mental, philosophical, and clinical approaches.

Essence of Mind outlines the author's event and method of Dzogchen, the traditional primordial nation of human awareness that's undying, natural, and untouched via agony. The ebook is split into 3 elements. the 1st half describes varied equipment for stating the essence of awareness and the innovations regarding them. the second one half seeks to stipulate the major ideas of a coaching process fitted to Western scholars that could bring about cognizance. the ultimate part outlines the importance of continuing workouts, and describes the way in which religious perform slowly permeates lifestyle, desires, sleep, and finally loss of life. during the mind-training strategy, the practitioner techniques a virtually ecstatic nation completion, a luminous, completely satisfied wakefulness within which the recognition is additionally absolutely cozy, no longer clinging to bliss or needing ecstasy, yet obvious and open.

Bertelsen emphasizes that whereas extra complex varieties of non secular education can merely ensue in a face-to-face, deeply engaged mutual procedure among instructor and scholar, books are important as resources of suggestion, specifically to aid assessment one's insights and refresh one's practice. Essence of brain systematizes the reviews 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 might be in a position to take advantage of his comparative method of Dzogchen.

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Softly, the person’s center and realization start to bloom. in the back of the items and studies of standard cognizance a fragile openness progressively starts off to emerge. Judgment and focusing are just like the eco-friendly sepals enclosing a flower bud. after they half, they make house for the unfolding of petals of a totally assorted nature: stillness, openness, vulnerability. tricks of the essence of the center and expertise unfold through the individual like a radiant body spray. A body spray that already contains inside of itself the 1st notes of the compassion and friendliness which are the hallmarks of all precise spirituality.

At some point, while there is not any extra wooden left to burn, when you are to stick afloat, cognizance is open, bidirectionally orientated, and nearing transcendence. At that particular second, while the final board is positioned into the firebox, without land in sight, whilst it's a ways too overdue to show again, whilst the boat is commencing to sink, at that very second the person can wake up. during this picture, if this individual doesn't drown or die, yet awakens, she or he will realize in the mean time of cognizance that there by no means was once a ship, no engine, no ocean, no trip.

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This is often an enormous leap forward, as the bidirectional realization of wordless prayer and meditative bidirectional attention aren't qualitatively varied in desires than the corresponding realization in the course of waking perform. while anyone within the enlightenment procedure earnings keep watch over over nondual realization, then this tradition, too, might be mirrored in desires. One might then dream that cognizance first opens to the bidirectional kingdom after which expands to the nondual country. This has the impression that the dream that was once the purpose of departure for the continual exercise—in this situation, bidirectional recognition deepening into nondual openness—the dream dissolves and vanishes.

Stay away from all logical inspiration and entirely sit back the brain. the most cause i've got stumbled on the braveness so as to add another textual content on religious knowledge education to the monstrous variety of books already released within the box in English is the remarkable and inspiring reaction through the years to my books approximately awareness education released in Denmark. the truth that quite a few members have absorbed this hard fabric in an existentially convincing demeanour has been heartening. This reaction has been fairly obvious within the context of the numerous longer retreats, the place i've got expert small teams within the varieties of wordless prayer and bidirectional recognition defined during this e-book.

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