This invaluable and timeless eBook contains practical guidance given to students by the Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche during an intensive, three-month meditation retreat held at Lake Rotoiti on the South Island of New Zealand in the southern winter of 1973.
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Complied and edited from notes taken at the time, Namgyal Rimpoche’s instructions are vital reading for anyone currently practicing or beginning meditation.
The book briefly outlines meditation theory and gives practical advice on the correct approach to meditation preparation, practice, and review, with special emphasis on Tibetan Buddhist visualisation practice.
"When you come to meditation it is important to realize that you are entering into a practice which has been in existence for many thousands of years. The meditation tradition with which we are involved here goes back at least 2500 years to the time of Gautama, the historical Buddha, and probably much further than that. So don't get the idea that you are doing something that hasn't been done before: meditation is nothing new.
"But perhaps we should not say that, because in reality meditation is everything new. It involves joy, wonderment and discovery, and its practice will bring a newness and freshness into your life. Somehow, you have to reconcile these seemingly opposite views and walk with joy on a path that can sometimes be extremely difficult.
"Be assured that countless beings have triumphantly trodden this path before you, and that if you persist, you will eventually and inevitably attain to a new type of consciousness that you will not have experienced before.
Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand