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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Daniel M. Ingram began entering into classical meditation territory as a teenager quite by accident and without knowing it crossed into territory that he would later call various names, including The Dark Night and the Knowledges of Suffering. He had no idea what had happened, but somehow knew that he had to find something. After being inspired by a good friend who got to the first stage of enlightenment after a retreat in centers in the Buddhist tradition, he began going on intensive insight meditation retreats in the US, India and Malaysia. By simply following the instructions he achieved the expected results, and has since become part of the global movement of meditation reform, a movement that seeks to preserve core meditation technology and supports, integrate helpful aspects from across traditions, refine the techniques and maps through exploration and verification, and spread the message that it can be done. It is also a movement to strip away the aspects of dogma, ritual,rigid hierarchy, myth and falsehood that hinder high-level practice and keep the culture of meditation mired in unhelpful taboos and misplaced effort. Dr. Ingram also has an MD, a Master's degree in Public Health, and a bachelor's degree in English literature. He practices in the U.S. as a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He hopes that those on the path will practice well, aim high and become accomplished practitioners who will help to train others to do the same.
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It's unbelievable that today, it seems like every legitimate trace of spirituality has disappeared from popular culture. Any mention of the word "meditation" conjures up images and connotations so at odds with real spirituality that you usually get a chuckle instead of a real discussion.
Today, we're forced to accept that any sort of "real" spirituality will just "happen". If we Happen to be one of those lucky few, enlightenment will fall from the sky and just Happen to hit us in the head. And if that doesn't work, we all seem to be perfectly 'ok' with the fact that we will just "find out" about all of this "stuff" after death. How has it come to be that this is considered perfectly normal?
Making a conscious effort to improve the human condition? Desiring to know for yourself by your own efforts? Having a logical, clearly-written guide to your own self-realization? One can only imagine the reactions when you begin to seriously talk about the big 'E' (as Daniel puts it). But that's exactly what needs to happen.
Awakening is possible for every person in this lifetime.
This is one of many sources that point the way. This is one of few sources in English that spells out every step in wonderful, logical, straightforward, no-crap, detail. At the (very) least, this book will enable readers to wade through teachers, schools, books, and methods and find something that works for them with the confidence of knowing what to look for.
PS The rants were exactly what I needed and I'm thoroughly happy that you decided to include them. It seems just about impossible to break though the stratosphere of absolute misunderstandings that surrounds the real, true teachings. Your own story gives faith to those on the path and your honest, spoken voice is a remarkable relief coming from so many ancient, poorly-translated documents or recent works that put style (or ignorance) above the most efficient way of communicating what actually is.
Bits that resonated with me:
"[we] have speculated that the limits to the states attainable out there are limited by our imagination and concentration skill only, and I have imagined staging a friendly contest among high-level practitioners to dream up states taht are even better than the ones I know so that we can play around with attaining them and seeing if there are any limits to the thing. The large list of all the exotic heaven realms found in the old texts adds credence to this belief."
"The best argument I know of for learning how to work at the level of the powers is to bring consciousness and compassion to a process that is happening already. Said another way, as we are already casting spells all the time, actually any time there is awareness and intent, we might as well learn to do it well."
Finally, Ingram makes a lot of metaphoric references to maps. I would have liked more actual visuals, a possibility that he alludes to but that were not included, at least not in the Kindle edition that I read.