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It's up to You The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path

ISBN-10: 1590303814
ISBN-13: 9781590303818
Edition: 2006
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Description: On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror--when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrul suggests that  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror--when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrul suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what Kongtrul calls self-reflection. Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in Kongtrul's title: it's up to you.

Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche is a former teacher at the prestigious Naropa Institute and founder of the spiritual group Mangala Shri Bhuti. He established the mountain retreat center Longchen Jigme Samten Ling in southern Colorado. When not living at his retreat, he travels worldwide teaching and furthering his own education.

Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk residing in Katmandu, is a coauthor of "The Monk & the Philosopher" & is the official French translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Foreword
Preface
Author's Preface
Acknowledgments
Supplication
Introduction
The Practice of Self-Reflection
Looking in the Mirror
The Theater of Reflections
The Legacy of Cavemen and Sages
Our Natural Inheritance
The Teacher as Mirror
Fearless Self-Reflection
Training in Courage
Finding a Refuge
Dancing with Habits and Fears
The Momentum of Delusion
Slowing Down
Not Hooking the World
Being Present
Going Beyond Self-Importance
Distinguishing Friend from Foe
Stretching the Heart Further
Having a Sense of Humor
Finding our Place in the World
Action and Intention
Awake in Daytime, Sleep, and Dreams
Grace and Elegance
Creativity
Great Possibilities
Suggestions for Further Reading
Mangala Shri Bhuti Centers

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