Visitors are welcome to come, practice, and experience the possibili- ties of a harmonious human community where unselfishness prevails. In this book previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters lifing, Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia, Here, renowned teachers such as Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Mohnyin Sayadaw, and Achaan Maha Boowa describe a rich variety mashers meditation techniques—practices that can lead to th In this book previously published under the title Living Buddhist MastersJack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia, Here, renowned teachers such as Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Mohnyin Sayadaw, and Achaan Maha Boowa describe a rich variety of meditation techniques—practices that can lead to the dissolution of a limited sense of self, an awakening of insight, compassion for all beings, and the realization of Nirvana. This is the way to the truths of the Buddha. They strive to develop rapidly high levels of concentration and aware- ness leading to insight and wisdom. Watch your own mind. Over time, as it has mixed with older animist cultures and Brahmin customs, it has risen and declined.
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Start your review of Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters Write a review Shelves: buddhist-philosophy , theravada-buddhism , vipassana , meditation First published in under the unfortunate title Living Buddhist Masters, the law of impermanence inevitably asserted itself and the masters died. The title was then of necessity changed to something more "permanent. Why this is so becomes abundantly clear First published in under the unfortunate title Living Buddhist Masters, the law of impermanence inevitably asserted itself and the masters died.
Why this is so becomes abundantly clear upon glancing at the table of contents. What Jack Kornfield has done is allow the Dharma or, more correctly, "Dhamma" experts to speak for themselves. His contribution has merely been to supply an introduction on the Theravadan Buddhist meditation tradition and then brief bios of the individual teachers. The chapters therefore consist almost entirely of essays or talks from the featured "masters.
Chapter two is more specific, looking at these topics as they apply in the traditions of southeast Asian Buddhism i. Thai and Burmese. Chapter three is a gem-all of half a page, and that mostly empty space.
Kornfield writes: "I have reserved a whole chapter to make a simple statement. The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to" p. But, thankfully, there is more to the book! My personal favorite chapters are those on Chaa, Sunlun, Mahasi and Jumnien.
Certain tensions in teaching and practice emerge from these profiles. There are those who clearly emphasize practice over theory Chaa, Sunlun, Boowa, and Jumnien, for example , theory as preliminary to practice e.
Mogok and Mohnyin and those that seem somewhere in between e. Then there is as noted by Kornfield in his introduction the tension between a goal directed practice, or a more natural, goal-less "way of living. Some teachers work within the contexts of monasteries, others meditation centers. The impression one comes away with is that there is something here for everyone, no matter their calling in life monk vs.
In other words, the Dhamma is something one does as opposed to believes.
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