The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. It can't be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thought or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we always have an immediate access to that inner stillness. It can be experienced in an instant in all circumstances once we know how to pay attention to it. It is utterly peaceful and it is also insightful, so it sees through all illusions. Whenever there is a moment of being deluded, we can use that moment to practice settling in the very perfect sphere of the Buddha mind without trying to change anything. When we reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have been seeking all along.
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I've tried several times to get into this book but each time I remember why I gave up previous times. It makes me feel like I'm being reprimanded, the tone is patriarchal and pompous.
I keep stopping in to listen to "The Magic of Awareness" just to remind myself of what is at this moment is what I am aware of - I know sounds like I have no clue - but - the book makes me think - I like to think. Listen it to it to unwind from a stressful work day. I am not even sure if I understand it all ..but..like the subject.
This audiobook is a true gem. Awareness IS Magic. See for yourself. Many of my reviews are lengthy so I want to keep this one minimal. Flipping Consciousness sounds like a great new mantra. Be still, open heart, and lighten up. Namasté
It has awaken me from the superficial and materialistic and ignorance life,that I have been struggling for many years.
Gives you insight into how the mind works. I also enjoy how the book explains duality, and how you have been lying to yourself, and how you are more capable then you think you are.
""Laying down our burden""
Frank Stella's earnest, emphatic, but calm narration is well matched to Anam Thubten's insistent message that urges the listener to abandon the ego's defenses to find bliss within.
Not applicable. This is aimed at Buddhist meditators and practitioners. I reckon it's too advanced for those without some experience with the teachings and the path. It may encourage, like his other book "No Self, No Problem," those who have hit a dry spell.
Buddhist teachers convey their instruction by personal conferences and talks so the oral nature of this medium makes it well-suited. His steady voice deepens the ambiance.
No, as it is too much to take in. Even four hours at twenty minutes or so a chapter concentrates a lot to ponder. The oral presentation may reward revisiting and rewinding. My one improvement would have been an introduction, as the chapters feel more discrete and the unifying approach taken by Thubten needs more attention and effort to be grasped, especially given the audiobook. The words are often simple but the intentions are profound.
Thubten's theme is that the dharma tells us to "lay down our mental burden," the constructions of the mind that prevent it from seeing the "groundless ground" and the Tibetan concept of "luminous mind" that transcends by "prajna" our thoughts and concepts. He wants us to abandon our "spiritual library" accumulated of concepts learned but not experienced. This "prison of duality" prevents the ego from dying and ultimate truth emerging. "Oneness-emptiness" cannot be found by speculation but by direct encounter.
"Enjoyable and rich book"
Lots of food for thought and pondering. The narrator did a very nice job. A+
great narration. Well written until the last chapter. ..maybe over my head but too many dichotomies for me to make sense of.
"This book has great persoective on staying present"
Great narrator and help in understanding enlightenment. "The path is the path" was my favorite part.
"too vague to comprehend."
sucked. too many references to other authors, who had nothing ro do with the writing of this book.
"A great one for the collection"
Showing you how to be more mindful. A great book to own. Has great golden nuggets.
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