- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions; Original edition (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892819030
- ISBN-13: 978-0892819034
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Meditation can be put to a variety of uses, and in The Practice of Tibetan Meditation Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche provides a complete tool kit for tuning up your life. Identified at a young age as the reincarnation of a famous lama, Dagsay went on to graduate first in his class from an Indian university and then to head a Tibetan refugee community in Switzerland, where he has been teaching these meditations to Westerners for nearly four decades. A firm believer in mind/body interaction and the power of suggestion, Dagsay offers meditations on purifying nectar, on inner fire, and on personal relationships, among others, that can relieve physical ailments, calm emotions, and lead to overall well-being. A unique aspect of Dagsay's teachings is that many of his meditations incorporate physical exercises, such as simple bends, arm gestures, and mudras. Including a CD of mantras for further inspiration, The Practice of Tibetan Meditation is just the thing to get you on the path to well-being of both mind and body. --Brian Bruya
"The simple, unembellished approach of The Practice of Tibetan Meditation is a true shining point." (John Yost, PanGaia, Summer 2002)
"Shares Tibetan meditation techniques in an easy and accessible manner, leading the Western reader toward the path of true happiness." (The Messenger, September 2002)
"This is very much a hands-on approach to improving your inner and outer health." (Shambhala Sun, September 2002)
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Tibetian teaching and mantras are definitely not for everybody. It is not a matter of taste but rather of spiritual prepadeness and ability to receive this knowledge at a given point in time. Many find that they grow to appreciate unique techniques and sounds over time, but again, it takes a certain amount of trust and open-mindedness to even start on this journey.
Depression, and Anxiety) or it will blow up! But nothing seems
to work except people-centered therapy, biological psychiatry,
and twelve-step groups. And these answers, very limited answers
mind you, have simply not worked on a global level. Tibetan
Buddhism, although very promise-looking, has really offered
us nothing. We have been kicked aside in two ways. First, we
are supposed to shoot for enlightenment. Or secondly, we need
a teacher. The common man has been left with nothing. Until
now...This book is written by a qualified Tibetan lama. It is
for mental and physical strain. And you simple do not need a
teacher to follow this program. This is the first time that
Tibet has offered a "limited budget" man or woman a sandwich
that reduces Anger, Depression, and Anxiety. This book will
certainly move us past the third revolution of psychiatry (psychopharmacology) into a fourth. What could be called
meditational therapy. The author outines in the back remedies
for psychiatric problems such as panic and depression. The CD
may distract you. His first line of defense are actual visualizations. Than you can add the mayonaise and mustard
in the form of mudras (body or hand positions) and mantras
and chants. The mudras and mantras make the actual visualizations more powerful. He also gives you three degrees
of intensity. I have three meditations for depression. But
only one is at an easy intensity. It is suggested that you
ease into each meditation session with nine preliminary conditions or checkpoints (like adjusting your posture). The
manual is so user-friendly that even psychotics and AIDS patients
can find great benefit. One does not need a therapist to process
a meditation program. The entire program is earmarked for potential psychic landmines. I do hope that this great treasure
for mankind will usher in a fourth generation of psychiatry and
relieve the planet of so much stress. Now do your part. Buy
the book and CD. I bless you from every region of my being. Good luck.
Commonly, we associate books with reading. This book, however, is a book of doing. Within its pages, the author unfolds dozens of meditative exercises based on the Tibetan system of spirituality. Dagsay Tulku Rinpoche provides excellent foundations of meditative breathing, posture, visualization, and vocalization. Preliminary sections detail preparation for meditation, correct posture, mental focus, and breathing technique. The majority of the book is composed of two sections, the first is concerned with relieving suffering and bringing about happiness, the second section is devoted to overcoming the origins of suffering. Within each section are comprehensive instructions detailing how to perform a plethora of meditative purifications and visualizations that, when employed together with specific vocalizations, or mantras, yield extremely powerful psychological-physiological results. The book covers a wide spectrum of needs ranging from a chapter on massage to meditative preparation for death.
The simple, unembellished approach of the book is a true shining point. Throughout the book, each exercise begins with a brief and easily comprehensible discussion of the theory and functions of the exercise, followed by easy to follow step by step instruction, with diagrams of various postures, and suggestions of variations to accommodate greater flexibility in the technological age.
Each exercise is related to a mantra that intensifies the effects of each practice. The author was kind enough to provide a CD of each mantra with the book. The mantra CD is 58 minutes long, and contains 19 mantras. This CD is invaluable, as proper pronunciation of each Sanskrit syllable of a mantra is ultimately important to its functioning in meditative practices. As an avid student of both Tibetan and Hindu mantras, I have long been at a loss when it came to reciting the words since I have no training in speaking Sanskrit. Thanks to the CD in that accompanies this book, I have 19 very powerful mantras perfectly spoken so that I can practice the proper pronunciation. The CD alone is worth the price of the book. On the way to work in the morning, with the sun climbing over the horizon, I focus on enjoying the calming influence of the peaceful female voice that sings each mantra in the most beautiful Sanskrit dialect.
The power of this work is greatly diminished if the book is digested solely on an intellectual basis, without performing even the introductory exercises. For many of us, finding the courage to try something new is a battle against procrastination, anxiety, and a lack of creative energy. Find the time to make the exercises in this book part of your life, and enjoy increased peacefulness, awareness, and happiness, regardless of what events arise in your life.