CREATIVE VISION and INNER REALITY is a translation of Easing the Beginners Way: the Essential Points of Creation and Completion,
written in verse at the age of twenty-seven by the amazing
nineteenth century realized master and profound scholar Jamgn Kongtrul
Lodr Thaye. Born in 1813 in Kham in eastern Tibet, Kongtrul offered
this advice based on his own experiential understanding of these two
basic methods in Tibetan Buddhist tantric meditation.
The aspiring practitioners way is eased by clear and extremely
practical explanations of firstly, the phase of creation, referring
to the gradual imaginative process of recreating, with the aid of mantra
and mudra, ones self as the deity and the environment as the mandala,
while maintaining the awareness of the lack of real existence of these
and all appearances; and secondly, the phase of completion,
referring to the dissolution of the visualization until the mind rests
in its natural condition, the inseparability of bliss and emptiness, a
state accomplished by, among other methods, concentration on ones
so-called vajra body and its channels, winds, and vital essences. Thus,
in the first phase of this aspect of Vajrayana teaching the goal is
imagined, and in the second it is directly experienced.
In reality those who have some familiarity with Mahamudra and
Dzogchen, the two systems that represent the ultimate sense and final
goal of all teachings, will find in the text a subtle guide to deeper
This volume contains a second text, Jamgn Kongtruls Advice to Lhawang Trashi,
in which the neophyte meditator is instructed in an inspiring and
direct manner on how to recognize the landmarks and pitfalls that may be
encountered along the path.
An Introduction and substantive notes by the translator are included in this useful and beautiful book.