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  Essence of Mind: An Approach to Dzogchen
By: Jes Bertelsen

Essence of Mind: An Approach to Dzogchen


 
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Author: Jes Bertelsen
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781583946152
Publication Date: 2013

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This handbook to spirituality gathers together Danish meditation teacher Jes Bertelsen's advice on training the mind through wordless prayer and meditation to realize the essence of consciousness. Bertelsen has been teaching philosophy and meditation since the early 1970s; in 1989, he met the Tibetan lama Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who authorized Jes Bertelsen to teach Dzogchen, and to do so using his own judgment as to the most appropriate way to assimilate these teachings into Western culture. Bertelsen's teachings are based on an experiential investigation of the nature of consciousness, using comparative analysis of Eastern and Western spiritual teachings and consciousness practices on a foundation of modern psychological, philosophical, and scientific approaches.
"Essence of Mind" outlines the author's experience and approach to Dzogchen, the natural primordial state of human consciousness that is timeless, pure, and untouched by suffering. The book is divided into three parts. The first part describes different methods for pointing out the essence of consciousness and the techniques related to them. The second part seeks to outline the key principles of a training system suited to Western students that can lead to realization. The final section outlines the significance of continuous exercises, and describes the way spiritual practice slowly permeates daily life, dreams, sleep, and eventually death. Through the mind-training process, the practitioner approaches an almost ecstatic state of completion, a luminous, blissful wakefulness in which the consciousness is also fully relaxed, not clinging to bliss or desiring ecstasy, but transparent and open.
Bertelsen emphasizes that while more advanced forms of spiritual training can only take place in a face-to-face, deeply engaged mutual process between teacher and student, books are useful as sources of inspiration, in particular to help review one's insights and refresh one's practice." Essence of Mind "systematizes the experiences that occur along the spiritual path and helps students to refine, correct, and clarify their efforts; it is the author's hope that many students in the West will be able to benefit from his comparative approach to Dzogchen.


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not about dzogchen July 23, 2013
Reviewer: bLo lDan rNams from Kathmandu, Nepal  
Word Cloud (the number by each word denotes the number of times the word appears in the text):
Consciousness 100+; Awareness 79; Divine 62; Unity 43; Bertelsen 40; Enlightened 37; Dzogchen 36; Compassion 35; God 34; Love 30; Unity Consciousness 26; Christ 20; Tulku Urgyen 14; Kierkegaard 14; Jung 13; Christian 11; Stillness 11; Karma 11; Longchenpa 6; Buddha 5; Emptiness 5; Buddhist 2; Guru 1; Dharma 1; Mahayana 1; Vajrayana 0; Refuge 0; Bodhicitta 0; Empty 0

Excerpt:

"And being a Westerner, you must relate to our Christian cultural background-- and this is said frequently by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and by many others. We cannot act as if we had grown up in a Buddhist society. If we do that we cut off our Christian roots-- the entire archetypal level. Jung put it this way, "anima naturaliter christiana", which means: the Western atheistic soul is at the deeper, archetypal level Christian. This also is an insight that we cannot just throw overboard. We must relate to it.



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