Dharmasri on the Sixteen Degrees of Comprehension by Leon Hurvitz. 7. Indrabhuti’s ‘Confession of Errors in the Fundamental. Teachings of the Vajrayana’. In this book (previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters), Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly. This reprint of Living Buddhist Masters is one of the most valuable books in print on Theravada Buddhist practice, bringing to the reader the.

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Outer customs and language may appear different, but the human mind has natural char- acteristics that are the same for all people. Everyone starts out with doubts. You may wish to travel, to visit other teachers and try other systems.

Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters

But, thankfully, there is more to the book! It rained korhfield that rainy season and one day a strong wind blew off half the roof. I don’t mind that you criticize me.

A deep perception of the void, the emptiness of all conditioned phenomena, undercuts our desire to grasp and hold on to any object or mind-state as a source of lasting happiness. Although he encouraged many hours of formal sitting meditation each day, he felt that social 22 Copyrighted material Meditation in Burma, Laos, and Thailand interaction meditation was equally important, learning to develop wisdom in all situations.

The meditator sees all events of the mind and body as an empty process that happens by itself. The mind that judges creates suffering.

There is no difficulty outside of this, and for a mind purified of all these painful reactions, no other evil exists, nor can such a mind be shaken or moved by the arising and passing of any experience — for it sees the world with wisdom, as empty, as not self. Because insight grows slowly we may get discouraged. In fact almost all meditation practices are good when practiced with discipline, sincerity, and perseverance, and holding on to any method or comparing this to that is only another attachment that leads to further suffering.


Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield

Then I went to a Burmese temple with a very different sort of teacher. Stjntjjn Sa yadaw 87 Chapter 7. These rules are to be kept for yourself. Page 39 – The Dhamma of the Buddha is not found in books. We madters then biddhist meditation involves only a small part of the society and the religion. The mind becomes tranquil and as the power of concentration and awareness deepens, sharp insights arise.

If I am resting while you all must sit up does this make you angry? Jul 08, Ron Krumpos rated it really liked it. It was like coming home.

Again, deciding which type of teacher feels right or kornfeld when you are selecting a place to practice is largely an intuitive process. Instead, watch the whole process of doubting, of wondering.

He livinv be doing some- thing better, he thought, and thought and thought and raged and fumed, until his thoughts were exhausted after many hours. The Buddha did not make the ascetic precepts neces- sary for all monks. People even thought he was mad. If I call the color blue amsters or say that male is female, don’t follow me blindly. The monks 23 Copyrighted material Jack Kornfield take care of all the basic necessities of life in a very self-sufficient manner.


In the meditation centers and monasteries of Southeast Asia you will find a very open Dhamma; the teachers are willing to impart their entire meditation system to whoever comes to them. The Burmese teacher was kind to me and gave me one of the nicest meditation cottages right near his own.

When a Thai teacher was asked if medi- tation was like self-hypnosis, he replied, “No, it’s de-hypnosis. Some people drive fast but carefully. It is about the same as the equanimity of a water buffalo.

Don’t wony about this. In the second approach, there is nothing to gain, nowhere to go. You can say that they are or looking at it another way you can say that they are different. One night a Western monk sitting under the stars was talking with several village-born forest monks from Laos.

Full text of “Living Buddhist Masters”

I only wish that this may encourage you in your practice, that it may help you find your own true path. Attention is forced inward.

This is how to end doubting. Don’t waste this chance. This book contains the stories of 12 highly respected Southeast Asian meditation masters of the last century and how they taught meditation.