Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

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Shambhala Publications, 2007 - Religion - 246 pages
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This book is for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding by joining practice with study of traditional ideas. It introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists. Quotations from both historical and living meditation masters and scholars are presented as examples of key principles. Topics include

   * Egolessness
   * Appearances and reality
   * Methods of investigation
   * Enlightenment
   * Tenets of different schools through the centuries
   * The root of compassion
   * The origin of thoughts


Guided exercises encourage the reader to trust in experiential understanding through deep contemplation of complex concepts. The book is structured as a guide for the reader's journey.
  

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User Review  - Doug Karr - Goodreads

A fantastic read through and through. Both approachable and profound. I read Contemplating Reality in a dusty Ethiopian flee-bag hotel in 2006 and my world (or lack thereof) will never be the same. I can't recommend this book more highly. Read full review

Review: Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

Karr boils down Indian Buddhist philosophy into digestible chunks. But I may never truly finish or finish 'with' this book. Read full review

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Andy Karr is a longtime Buddhist meditator and amateur photographer. He is the author of Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.

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