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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

Kindly Bent to Ease Us

Kindly Bent to Ease Us — by Longchenpa

There is depth, breadth, and magic in Nyingma thought and its beauty grows the more one studies it.

In Kindly Bent to Ease Us  Longchenpa offers a guide to enlightenment that begins with traditional reflections on the preciousness of a human existence, finite in time but unlimited in opportunities. Since understanding mind and its workings is essential for a deeper inquiry into meaning and being, the first part of "The Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease" emphasizes insight into the nature of mind.

The translator - Dr. H. V. Guenther - introduces each chapter with explications based on Longchenpa's own commentaries.

Part 1: Mind

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Kindly Bent to Ease Us - vol. 1 - Mind
— by Longchenpa


The first work in this collection - Now that I Come to Die  
- contains Longchenpa's heartfelt advice to his closest disciples on how to make the teachings a path of transformation.

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Part 2: Meditation

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Kindly Bent to Ease Us - vol. 2 - Meditation
— by Longchenpa


The second volume of the Trilogy by the thirteenth-century Nyingma master Longchenpa is about meditations.

The aim of these meditations is to encounter directly the radiance of awareness.

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Part 3: Wonderment

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Kindly Bent to Ease Us - vol. 3 - Wonderment
— by Longchenpa


The third volume of Longchenpa's Trilogy
- The Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease - shows the practitioner how to transcend ordinary limited perspectives using eight classic and evocative images that reveal the open nature of reality.

Can be read independently of Parts One and Two.

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Longchenpa

Longchenpa Drime Ozer

Longchenpa

One of Tibet's greatest masters, exemplifies and transmits the transforming power of these ancient teachings. His writings shine with a light that radiates compassion and meaning.

Born in the 14th century, Longchenpa studied with the foremost teachers of his day. He soon earned the title kun-mkhyen, or all-knowing, and the passage of time has upheld the value of his contributions. His works, which number over two hundred, order into a comprehensive system the range of philosophical thought and psychological applications of the Dzogchen school, the pinnacle of Vajrayana Buddhism.

This new volume also includes the master's own commentary on chapter 7 of Kindly Bent to Ease Us  Volume 1, which presents The Four Immeasurable Qualities of Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy, the inner resources for strength, serenity, and well-being.

The two other works focus on the powerful practices of the Four Immeasurables: Love, Joy, Compassion, and Equanimity.

The commentary - never before published in book form - shows how systematic practice of these catalysts can end the usual routines of our daily existence and lead us beyond the limits we have learned to take for granted.

Worldliness is done with - this life's show is over!