Looking and Seeing: Nalanda Miksang Contemplative by John McQuade, Miriam Hall

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By John McQuade, Miriam Hall

Having a look and Seeing, quantity I of manner of Seeing is an introductory handbook for Nalanda Miksang Contemplative images. Nalanda Miksang is a process examine that makes use of Shambhala Buddhist teachings to find our already-existing reference to our international via images. a mixture of a philosophical treatise and a playful exploration of our visible global, this primary quantity of 3 starts off the adventure. via learning taking a look and Seeing, Flash of conception, Synchronization, we discover dependent assignments to unfastened the eyes and brain in images.

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Still the question remains: How is this practice and realization transmitted? For now, let’s keep it simple and present two ways: articulating the view and practicing the pedagogy. The view has already been presented, and how we embody it is through practice. For instance, in this text, you will be given assignments with specific topics. I have noticed during the reviews that are crucial to training that people sometimes present images that are Nalanda Miksang images yet don’t represent the specific assignment when doing the first few assignments.

In looking, the eye is stopped or held. It is held in a direct simplicity and attentiveness. And when the eye is stopped, the mind is stopped; it is held in direct simplicity and attentiveness. Wonder and/or appreciation arise. Mind thinks not just That but also That’s interesting. Now we move from looking to seeing, from contact to communication. We move from registering just that color, to just that/just so. Just that is an experience of it over there. Just so is an experience of personal connection: things as they are with us as we are.

This deep and abiding resource is available to all of us. An example of the instructional view would be the teachings on the Three Levels of Perception or the teachings of Looking and Seeing from Chögyam Trungpa. At this point, it is helpful to know the general view of the Nalanda Miksang path and recognize the underpinning instructional views. Intent Intent is the most critical part of entering the Way of Seeing. Intent is not so much a marshaling of will as a turning of the mind. Intent can be considered a form of discipline, but in the contemplative practices, it is the discipline of relaxation.

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