Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

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Title:Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism


Author:Andy Karr

Publisher:Shambhala Publications

Publish Year:2007

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Buddhism | Indian Philosophy | Tibetan Buddhism


Remarks:Notes, Appendix, Bibliography and Index.


Size:140 x 214 mm


Price:USD 20.49

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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

       • Egolessness
       • Appearances and reality
       • Methods of investigation
       • Enlightenment
       • Tenets of different schools through the centuries
       • The root of compassion
       • The 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.

    Andy Karr

    Andy Karr is a writer, photographer, longtime meditator, and Buddhist teacher. He trained intensively with two of the great founding teachers of Western Buddhism: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and other classics. Andy’s second book (written with Michael Wood), The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World Through Fresh Eyes, teaches the most essential photographic skill—clear seeing. It will be published by Shambhala in April 2011. His first book, Contemplating Reality, a series of investigations into the nature of mind and the phenomenal world, was published by Shambhala in 2007.
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