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Seeing That Frees Paperback – October 10, 2014
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- Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd (October 10, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0992848911
- ISBN-13 : 978-0992848910
- Item Weight : 1.42 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.94 x 9.21 inches
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I stumbled upon this book a few years ago on my path and lost my original copy, and now that I am in a settled position in life I had to order it again so I could put it back in my library.
My favorite part of this book is that reading it really trains you to see emptiness intellectually from a broad perspective that is supported by references to original texts. The heart of this book is in the right place, yet I worry that it's teaching may be mishandled by those who attempt to walk the path early on, without much connection to sangha, and a rigid adherence to the idea of emptiness because of a strong desire to reach enlightenment. My personal experience has led me to mature in relation to avoidance and I am certain that as a younger me, I used emptiness as a way to avoid my own feelings and to mask the tenderness and pain that accompany life.
Overall, such a wonderful book and I am very grateful to Rob Burbea for such a wonderful effort and work as this book. I highly recommend it to those seeking a deeper knowledge of emptiness.
At the beginning and at the end of the book the author also uses excerpts from great tibetan and indian Masters to develop and support his own teachings and methods.
I like the way Burbea easily explains subtleties of the functioning of our minds that help anyone to improve his intuitive-introspective practice. Clearly the book is dedicated for solitary meditation practitioners focused only in the development of wisdom.
Burbea writes with a natural authority about meditation techniques and results, but I must say that I never purchase buddhist books from unknown instructors or teachers with no backup from traditional lineage. My problem was when Burbea introduce personal alternative meanings for specific words and in the key points of meditation practices - such as the concept of samadhi and awareness that he describes. Meditation instructions requires extreme precision on the meaning of vocabulary otherwise it could result in subtles distortions of the practice, failing to accomplish what was supposed intended for: Moksha, liberation. I couldn't trust on what was present it here.
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Meditators often reach a plateau and can give up unless they keep an interest. I visited The Buddhist Centre in London to see the library accumulated over 100 years as the internet showed a massive expansion of these books since the Dalai Lama came west and intrigue followed.
If you have meditated you will appreciate this book as Rob makes a deep subject readable like peeling a powerful onion's layers. Because the alternative books were more voluminous & academic, esoteric door-stoppers I was determined to read it in full. You have to be prepared to ponder and try its suggestions many times. That I managed it credits this book above many others. It is a tool-box that allows you to question everything you knew or assumed just as the Buddha himself recommended. (We all make our own world's after all).
Searching in October 2015 where Rob is teaching I discovered he has been extremely ill and is now undergoing chemotherapy. We can only hope that he recovers to carry on what is a wonderful gift to us all. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not a shallow thinker on this subject and has the time to practice - otherwise I would recommend it to all.
Small point, the hard copy books dimensions are : 25.0 x 15.9 x 4.0 cm
a BIG difference in the width, which may mislead people into thinking it's in a very small font ?