- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (January 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608680754
- ISBN-13: 978-1608680757
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche draws on the teachings of the Great Perfection (dzogchen) of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Clearly written with many easy-to-understand metaphors, this guide focuses on gentle, inspirational exhortations for change.”
About the Author
His Eminence Shyalpa Rinpoche has conducted countless retreats, seminars, and empowerments at centers throughout the world and has given talks at Harvard, Yale, Wesleyan, and Naropa, among other venues. His current teaching schedule includes North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
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Those not familiar with the Buddha's teaching can easily jump into the contents of this collection. Regardless of the reader's personal outlook, this book hits common themes that everyone comes across in today's society (the book even ends with a brief question & answer section addressing modern issues). Those already acquainted with the Buddhist path can find interest in the author's unique delivery of familiar topics and refamiliarize themselves with a well-known subject matter.
This description, though accurate, does no justice. What is found on the pages of this book is none other than the effortless cognitive process that flows out of the mind of a fully realized being. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and hope it is of great benefit to those who have the good fortune of finding it and taking it's words to heart.
This is both an extraordinary guidebook on how to realize our unlimited potential- and it seems to also be a complete description of Dzogchen path. The two are synonomous. But if you are looking for Buddhist and Dzogchen jargon- don't apply here. This easy reading gem, simple chapter by simple chapter, progressively unlocks an ever expanding sense of purpose and wonderment. Absorbable, accessible, and profound, it points the way to inner freedom - in very digestible bites.
Living Fully is not a book to be read and shelved. Rather it offers one a spiritual guide as a life-companion. This makes Living Fully a rare and precious gem---a wish-fulfilling jewel for anyone who seeks to live joyfully in the present moment.
Many of his teachings are basic ones, but after all, the basics are the pillars of all the rest, and the Rinpoche treats them in a deep and insightful way. For instance, in talking about breathing meditation he says, "When inhaling, welcome the breath by saying silently in your mind, `Hello.' When exhaling, bid farewell to the breath by saying, `Goodbye'....In this practice, you are neither rejecting nor accepting what comes and goes....We accumulate so many things, but the more we accumulate, the more we suffer. There is no good reason for collecting so many things. Embrace the way that has existed from time immemorial, which is to say, `Hello and goodbye.' There is no need to worry, even if you recently got divorced or lost your job. You no longer have to dwell on these things because your practice is simply to say, `Hello and goodbye.'" But he goes a little deeper with his comments. "You recognize your essence when you say, `Hello.' Your essence is like space; it is wide open and easily accommodates your thoughts, feelings and perceptions....You acknowledge your unobstructed nature when you say, `Goodbye.' Appearances arise without beginning or end, but you cannot grasp or hold onto any aspect of this unceasing display. You cheerfully bid farewell to every passing appearance."
This is the way it goes throughout the book, which is an edited account of teachings the Rinpoche has given in America over the last two decades. His approach makes the book appropriate for beginners and practitioners alike, and most often he ties these teachings to the everyday problems we all face, now and again using examples from his own and family members' lives.
Besides reflecting the Rinpoche's distinctive way of presenting Buddhism, there is a uniqueness to this book which bears mentioning. Every chapter stands on its own as a complete account of what it is like to practice Buddhism. In other words, although each chapter deals with an aspect of Buddhism, it is like a jewel which reflects all of Buddhism. And the Buddhism described is all-embracing and universal.
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