It's Up to You
The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
Hardcover / Shambhala Publications / 160 pages / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
|It's Up To You|
On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what Kongtrül calls self-reflection.
Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. Self-reflection is the common thread that runs through all traditions of Buddhist practice. It breathes life into our practice, protecting it from becoming just another enterprise. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in Kongtrül's title: it's up to you.
Trained by the celebrated Tibetan meditation master Dilgo Khyentse (author of The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones and The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel ), Dzigar Kongtrül is steeped in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Having lived in Colorado and taught Western students for fifteen years, he is deeply valued for his skill at presenting ancient teachings in a way that is accessible and relevant for the contemporary mind.
[[contents: book p. vii]]
Foreword by Pema Chodron xx
Foreword by Matthieu Ricard xx
Editors' Preface xx
Part One: The Practice of Self-Reflection
1. Looking in the Mirror 00
2. The Theater of Reflections 00
3. The Legacy of Cavemen and Sages 00
4. Our Natural Inheritance 00
5. The Teacher as Mirror 00
Part Two: Fearless Self-Reflection 00
6. Training in Courage 00
7. Finding a Refuge 00
8. Dancing with Habits and Fears 00
9. The Momentum of Delusion 00
10. Slowing Down 00
11. Not Hooking the World 00
12. Being Present 00
13. Going Beyond Self-Importance 00
14. Taking a Leap 00
15. Stretching the Heart Further 00
16. Having a Sense of Humor 00
Part Three: Finding Our Place in the World
17. Action and Intention 00
18. Awake in Daytime, Sleep, and Dreams 00
19. Grace and Elegance 00
20. Creativity 00
21. Great Possibilities 00
Mangala Shri Bhuti Centers 00
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Religious life -- Buddhism.
Buddhism -- Doctrines.