Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be 'happy'? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar J. Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (Khyentse Norbu) is a Tibetan Buddhist lama who travels and teaches internationally and is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is the abbot of several monasteries in Asia and the spiritual director of meditation centers in Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He is also head of a Buddhist organization called Siddhartha’s Intent.
Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, Ngöndro practice is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about:
- developing 'renunciation mind'
- discipline, meditation and wisdom
- using your imagination in visualization practice
- why you need a guru
— From back cover