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New Meditation Handbook
« on: February 28, 2010, 10:09:11 am »
Hi there...I have just (after many years) started re-reading Geshe-la's books and having bought the New Meditation Handbook I find Reliance on a Spiritual Guide has been moved to the end of the book whereas it used to be the first meditation. I have my own thoughts on why this may be but wonder if anyone can enlighten me on the real reason.

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Phil

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Re: New Meditation Handbook
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 10:11:03 am »
Can either be first or last, but for example if someone very new to buddhism picks it up and the first meditation is reliance upon the spiritual guide i assume it can look rather odd.  :pray:
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Re: New Meditation Handbook
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 11:15:11 am »
Can either be first or last, but for example if someone very new to buddhism picks it up and the first meditation is reliance upon the spiritual guide i assume it can look rather odd.  :pray:

I think this was a sensitive move.  Whilst the Lam Rim and guru yoga would be familiar to Tibetans (especially Gelugpas) it is, as you say, something which requires a genter introduction in the West, IMHO.

I was also told that the NMH is perhaps better used after reading Transform Your Life to give it context.

I recommend that order, with progress from NMH to Joyful Path of Good Fortune in due course. ;)

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Re: New Meditation Handbook
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 11:23:05 am »
Yes it was a sensitive move but right non the less i think besides the begining of the end is always the begining of the start so im not so fussed  :hug:
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We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

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Re: New Meditation Handbook
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 03:59:01 pm »
Thanks..much as I thought..just seemed a little strange that it didn't seem to follow the order of laid down in Joyful Path. As you say many westerners have an issue with the idea of 'reliance'.

Again thanks for your useful thoughts.

Phil 

 


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