9780861711314

Natural Liberation : Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos

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  • Copyright: 1998-06-15
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Summary

A perfect companion to the well-known Tibetan Book of the Dead.

In life and in death, in meditation and in sleep, every transitional stage of consciousness, or bardo, provides an opportunity to overcome limitations, frustrations, and fears. The profound teachings in this book provide the under- standing and instruction necessary to turn every phase of life into an opportunity for uncontrived, natural liberation.

Like the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Natural Liberation is a term, a "hidden treasure" attributed to the eighth-century master Padmasambhava. Gyatrul Rinpoche's lucid commentary accompanies the text, illuminating the path of awakening to the point of full enlightenment. Natural Liberation is an essential contribution to the library of both scholars and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

Author Biography

Gyatrul Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1924 and has been teaching in North America since 1972. He has founded several Dharma centers in the U.S., principally Tashi Choeling, near Ashland, Oregon.

B. Allan Wallace, received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and now runs the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He is the author of several books including The Attention Revolution and Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface ix
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND PRELIMINARIES 3(80)
Introduction: Motivation 3(10)
Motivation 7(6)
1. Preliminary Practices for Subduing Your Own Mind-stream
13(40)
Pondering the Sufferings of Cyclic Existence
16(9)
Pondering the Difficulty of Obtaining a Human Life of Leisure and Endowment
25(9)
Meditating on Death and Impermanence
34(19)
2. The Natural Liberation of the Mind-itself: The Four-Session Yoga of Spiritual Activity of the Secret Mantra Vajrayana
53(30)
Going for Outer, Inner, and Secret Refuge
62(3)
Generating the Mahayana Spirit of Awakening
65(2)
Cultivating the Four Immeasurables
67(1)
Reciting the One Hundred Syllables to Purify Sins and Obscurations
67(2)
Offering the Mandala
69(5)
Prayer to the Lineage
74(4)
The Contemplation of Receiving the Four Empowerments
78(5)
PART TWO: THE PROFOUND DHARMA OF THE NATURAL LIBERATION THROUGH CONTEMPLATING THE PEACEFUL AND WRATHFUL: STAGE OF COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS ON THE SIX BARDOS 83(194)
3. The Natural Liberation of the Foundation: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Living
83(58)
Quiescence
90(24)
Insight
114(27)
4. The Natural Liberation of Confusion: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Dreaming
141(28)
Instructions on the Illusory Body
141(9)
Nighttime Instructions on Dreaming and the Natural Liberation of Confusion
150(19)
5. The Natural Liberation of Awareness: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Meditative Stabilization
169(26)
Meditative Equipoise of the Threefold Space
177(2)
The Self-Liberation of Everything that Appears Following Meditation
179(16)
6. The Natural Liberation of Mindfulness of Transference: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Dying
195(40)
Training
197(5)
Application
202(32)
7. The Natural Liberation of Seeing: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Reality-itself
235(22)
Striking the Critical Points of the Body, Speech, and Mind
236(3)
The Alighting of Direct Perception upon Oneself in Dependence upon the Three Critical Points
239(4)
The Ways in which the Four Visions Arise Due to Such Practice
243(12)
Concluding Advice
255(2)
8. The Natural Liberation of Becoming: Experiential Instructions on the Transitional Process of Becoming
257(20)
Closing the Entrance of the Womb as a Divine Embodiment
257(4)
Closing the Entrance of the Womb by Imagining Your Spiritual Mentor with Consort
261(1)
Closing the Entrance of the Womb with the Practice of the Four Blisses
262(2)
How Those on the Path of Liberation Close the Entrance of the Womb with the Antidote of Renunciation
264(2)
Closing the Entrance of the Womb with the Clear Light
266(1)
Closing the Entrance of the Womb with the Illusory Body
267(10)
PART THREE: SUPPLEMENTAL PRAYERS 277(32)
9. Three Prayers Concerning the Transitional Processes
277(22)
Prayer of Supplication
277(9)
The Natural Liberation of All Attainments: A Prayer Concerning the Transitional Processes
286(10)
Prayer of Calling for Help to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
296(3)
10. The Natural Liberation of the Vast Expanse of the Three Embodiments: A Prayer of the Natural Liberation through Contemplating the Peaceful and Wrathful
299(6)
11. The Natural Liberation of the Three Poisons without Rejecting Them: A Guru Yoga Prayer to the Three Embodiments
305(4)
Epilogue 309(2)
Notes 311(6)
Glossary 317(8)
Bibliography 325

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