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Meditation Differently (Mahamudra and Snying-Thig Practices from Original Tibetan Source) Hardcover – December 12, 2005
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In addition, earlier in the book (pages 49-72), Guenther openly discusses the so-called four empowerments, including highly esoteric material in translation.
Guenther has fashioned his own terminology in translating Tibetan texts, and this makes for very difficult reading. However, it is a rewarding read because nowhere else can one read about these practices - except in restricted books (see e.g. [...]
The book is highly recommended for scholars and for very serious practitioners of Dzogchen. I cannot recommend it to readers not very familiar with the Dzogchen tradition as it will most likely be incomprehensible due to the highly technical language.
Such as, the simple;
"The uninterrupted flow of (the unity of) the composure and post-composure ('states') is (according to sGam-po-pa) the no-more-model-building (bsgom-med) tuning-in phase....When through imaginatively attending to this (tuning-in phase) it persists for a long time the single-piquancy of the multiple (ro-gcig) tuning-in phase arises from within (one's psyche)." (pg. 3)
"The gestalt(ism) of Being's contextualized horizon of meaning' comes as Being's autopresencing in which the experiencer by virtue of being co-constituted with the experiencing process is fully engaged." (pg. 40)
And the pithy;
"To sum up, the vitalizing core intensity of the barrier-free approach (to Being in its beingness) is the preservation of what ever comes-to-presence in its being the nakedness of Being's ecstatic intensity that can only individually be experienced, without introducing (notions of) good and evil and acceptance and rejection...." (pg.Read more ›
Happily, we have the Internet and excellent access to on-line Tibetan dictionaries (Dr. Guenther consistently includes the Tibetan for which he has rendered his translation), so at least some of the difficulties can be overcome with work and a little less frustration.
One of my favourite quotes from this text is (page 105) "...a 'solipsistic ipseity low-level intensity' as the very cause factor (in the ensuing evolution of the (human) system ...)".
If you do not have a teacher, but are a sincere seeker, then the work required is inconsequential to the personal accomplishment from studying this text. If you can accomplish the method of trekcho, then it will be as if the Buddhadharma/Buddhadhamma unfolds for you in ways you were previously never able to imagine, let alone comprehend.