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Rays of the Sun [paperback] Paperback – September 29, 2011
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Here, the author takes a fresh approach, and his precise and careful use of language communicates a wealth of meaning. In some places, that meaning becomes fully clear only after a second reading. At other times, the author's choice of words makes immediate and surprising sense--for example, when he introduces the term "distracted-being" in place of the more conventional (to Western readers) and problematic word "ego."
The teachings here on the value of kindness are also very helpful and could usefully be taken to heart. The emphasis throughout is on direct engagement with the teachings, and on genuine experience.
Another lama, Chogyam Trungpa, in describing how mindfulness meditation can blossom into panoramic awareness, once said that "when one's feet finally touch the ground, the landscape opens up." That is the message of this very fine book, as well.
By Rick Finney
This book would make a wonderful addition to the library of any practitioner of Buddhism, or even make for a nice introduction for someone who is unfamiliar with the religion.
"Our perception is the legislation and our responses enforce it. We're our own judge, jury, and prosecution. We sentence ourselves, gaol ourselves, and execute ourselves. This is the only entirely accurate legal system--but its accuracy only exists within its own frame of reference. Meditation is our only weapon against this repressive regime and it constitutes civil disobedience in the form of passive resistance."
to the light-hearted humor that makes these teachings so toe-dippingly delightful, so swimmable really; full immersion is all you will want and yes the lifeguard is on duty, but he's not gonna save you. There is plenty enough in this book to save yourself and in fact there might be a little synchronized swimming in the deep end.
The topics in this book are original talks, which makes them succinct, filled with anecdotes, color, and common experience, they are short enough to satisfy a proper introduction and so elegantly mirrored through Sutric, Tantric and Dzogchen teachings as to be panoramic in view. rays of the sun addresses the fundamentals of the path so accessibly that eureka gongs and lightbulbs are bound to syncopate in a sort of personal orchestra. rays of the sun does not bring Buddhism closer to the western mind in some sort of skingrafting adjacency, but shows that anyone with a mind is already involved with Buddhism. This book will show you how to discover it.