Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

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The very idea that the teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in 'self-absorbed mindnoise'. Ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight (vipassana) meditation; he provides example practices; and most importantly he presents detailed maps of the states of mind we are likely to encounter, and the stages we must negotiate as we move through clearly-defined cycles of insight. It's easy to feel overawed, at first, by Ingram's assurance and ease in the higher levels of consciousness, but consistently he writes as a down-to-earth and compassionate guide, and to the practitioner willing to commit themselves this is a glittering gift of a book.

Author Biography

Dr. Ingram has an MD, a Master's degree in Public Health, and a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. He practices in the US as a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. He hopes that those on the path will practice well, aim high and become accomplished practitioners who will help to train others to do the same.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Warningp. 11
The Fundamentals
Introduction to Part Ip. 21
Morality, the First and Last Trainingp. 24
Concentration, The Second Trainingp. 30
Wisdom, The Third Trainingp. 33
The Three Characteristicsp. 37
Impermanencep. 38
Sufferingp. 47
No-selfp. 49
The Five Spiritual Facultiesp. 55
Faith and Wisdomp. 55
Energy and Concentrationp. 56
Mindfulnessp. 57
The Seven Factors of Enlightenmentp. 60
Mindfulnessp. 60
Investigation of the Truthp. 63
Energyp. 66
Rapturep. 67
Tranquilityp. 68
Concentrationp. 69
Equanimityp. 70
The Three Trainings Revisitedp. 74
The Four Noble Truthsp. 83
Truth Number One: Sufferingp. 83
Truth Number Two: "Desire"p. 85
Truth Number Three: The End of Sufferingp. 88
Truth Number Four: The Pathp. 89
Practical Meditation Considerationsp. 90
When, Where and for How Long?p. 90
Daily Life and Retreatsp. 92
Posturesp. 96
Objects for Insight Practicesp. 98
Resolvep. 101
Teachersp. 102
Summaryp. 107
Conclusion to Part Ip. 108
Light and Shadows
Introduction to Parts II & IIIp. 113
Buddhism vs. The Buddhap. 117
Content and Ultimate Realityp. 122
What Went Wrong?p. 127
A Clear Goalp. 136
Harnessing the Energy of the "Defilements"p. 144
Right Thought and the Augean Stablesp. 149
From Content to Insightp. 153
Concentration vs. Insightp. 161
The Concentration States (Samatha Jhanas)p. 167
The First Jhanap. 167
The Second Jhanap. 169
The Third Jhanap. 170
The Fourth Jhanap. 171
The "Psychic Powers"p. 173
No-self vs. True Selfp. 182
The Formless Realmsp. 188
Boundless Space, The Fifth Jhanap. 183
Boundless Consciousness, The Sixth Jhanap. 190
Nothingness, The Seventh Jhanap. 191
Neither Perception Nor Yet Non-Perception, The Eighth Jhanap. 192
The Progress of Insightp. 195
Mind and Bodyp. 201
Cause and Effectp. 201
The Three Characteristicsp. 202
The Arising and Passing Awayp. 204
Dissolution, Entrance to the Dark Nightp. 211
Fearp. 220
Miseryp. 221
Disgustp. 222
Desire for Deliverancep. 222
Re-observationp. 223
Equanimityp. 233
Conformityp. 240
Change of Lineagep. 241
Pathp. 241
Fruitionp. 241
Reviewp. 242
The Vipassana Jhanasp. 246
Bill Hamilton's Modelp. 248
Fractalsp. 255
U Pandita's Modelp. 257
Inklings of One More Modelp. 257
How the Maps Helpp. 259
The Three Doorsp. 273
"Was That Emptiness?"p. 278
Beyond First Path ("What Next?")p. 285
Models of the Stages of Enlightenmentp. 294
The Non-Duality Modelp. 301
The Sudden Schools of Awakeningp. 302
The Fundamental Perception Modelsp. 303
The Specific Perception Modelsp. 304
The Emotional Modelsp. 306
The Theravada Four Path Modelp. 307
A Revised Four Path Modelp. 313
A Simple Modelp. 316
The Action Modelsp. 318
The Power Modelsp. 322
The Tibetan Ten Bhumi Modelp. 323
The Tibetan Five Path Modelp. 324
The Energetic Modelsp. 325
The Specific Knowledge Modelsp. 326
The Psychological Modelsp. 327
The Thought Modelsp. 330
The God Modelsp. 334
The Physical Modelsp. 336
The Radiance Modelsp. 336
The Karma Modelsp. 339
The Perpetual Bliss Modelsp. 340
The Three Kayasp. 342
The Immortality Modelsp. 347
The Transcendence Modelsp. 349
The Extinction Modelsp. 349
The Love Modelsp. 350
The Unity Modelsp. 351
The Social Modelsp. 352
The Three Yanasp. 354
Ditching our "Stuff" vs. Ditching the Splitp. 356
The "Nothing to Do" and "You are Already There" Schoolsp. 357
Final Pointsp. 361
So What's "Full Enlightenment"?p. 363
Integrationp. 367
It is Possible!p. 371
More on the "Mushroom Factor"p. 373
So Who The Heck Is Daniel M. Ingram?p. 381
Conclusion and Best Wishesp. 387
Appendix: The Cessation of Perception and Feelingp. 389
Indexp. 393
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