By Ringu Tulka Rinpoche (edited and translated by Rosemarie Fuchs)
Bold Steps stands proud one of the multitude of books on Tibetan Buddhism as being a uniquely obtainable evaluate of the Buddhist course that encompasses all 3 yanas, or conventional Buddhist religious paths. Ringu Tulku—renowned for either his perception and approachable style—consistently brings the lessons again to the reader's personal event as he unearths the important function of every direction within the attainment of real realization. Daring Steps attracts on a number of venerable resources, between them the Buddha's earliest teachings and a Vajrayana textual content by way of the yogi referred to as loopy Khyentse. the writer takes us from the main uncomplicated meditation perform to the rarefied realm of Mahamudra, referring to a stunning diversity of teachings and strategies alongside the way in which. This full of life presentation may be welcomed as either a reliable creation for the start scholar and an imperative reference for practitioners at each degree of the path.
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Extra resources for Daring Steps: Traversing the Path of the Buddha
Yet there will be progress, as is illustrated by the meditation method that a great master gave to one of his disciples. He made the disciple get two bowls and two heaps of black and white pebbles. The master then told him to put a white pebble into one of the bowls whenever a good thought came to his mind and to put a black pebble into the other bowl for every negative thought that arose. During the ﬁrst few months, the black pebbles piled up, while the white ones were very scarce. Then slowly, the picture changed.
Yet, this kind of spiritual activity will not make any real change, it is still the same mentality, the same attitude of being constantly in pursuit of or on the run from something. Deep down inside, we all have a very basic feeling of insecurity. In a way we know that our identiﬁcation with a self is not based on anything real, concrete, or substantial. There is not really anything to hold on to. For this reason, we feel insecure in a very deep-rooted way. Yet, despite our faint notion of its insubstantiality and intangibility, we try to hold on to this self.
So we need to arrive at this direct experiential vision. This is what is meant when the Buddha speaks of right understanding. A correct intellectual understanding, though, is a very important step toward this goal. In order to achieve the direct and clear view that is required, three aspects are needed: study, reﬂection, and meditation. Besides these, we also need the right circumstances. These are provided by right action and right livelihood. All of these are interrelated. In this way the ﬁrst branch of the Noble Eightfold Path is very important, 38 daring steps since the right view is the real weapon against ignorance and confusion.
Daring Steps: Traversing the Path of the Buddha by Ringu Tulka Rinpoche (edited and translated by Rosemarie Fuchs)