Contemplating Reality

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-10
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining practice with study of traditional ideas. It introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists. Quotations from both historical and living meditation masters and scholars are presented as examples of key principles. Topics include EgolessnessAppearances and realityMethods of investigationEnlightenmentTenets of different schools through the centuriesThe root of compassionThe origin of thoughts Guided exercises encourage the reader to trust in experiential understanding through deep contemplation of complex concepts. The book is structured as a guide for the reader's journey. For more information on the author, Andy Karr, visit his blog at http://contemplatingreality.blogspot.com/. For more information about this book, please visit www.contemplatingreality.org.

Author Biography

Andy Karr is a senior teacher of advanced Buddhist courses within two international practice communities in the United States and Europe. Through studying with various Tibetan Buddhist masters, he has managed to combine meditation, deep study of Buddhist philosophy, and teaching Buddhism with a career in investment banking.

Table of Contents

Ropes and snakesp. 3
Making the journeyp. 16
Starting to contemplatep. 27
Selflessness 101p. 32
Vaibhashika : taking things apartp. 41
Sautrantika : what really comes to mind?p. 53
A poetic interludep. 63
Mahayana 101p. 67
Chittamatra : there is only mindp. 82
Three naturesp. 97
The middlep. 107
Another interludep. 116
Svatantrikas and Prasangikasp. 119
Great reasonings of the middle wayp. 128
No arisingp. 136
Further reasoningsp. 146
The analysis of the automobilep. 155
Shentong Madhyamakap. 168
Last interludep. 181
Meditationp. 183
Actionp. 191
Biographical sketches of the early Indian masters
The stages of meditation on emptiness
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