The unique conditions of modernity create special challenges for Mahayana practitioners. Into the Mirror brings a contemporary approach to the Mahayana's three trainings—the trainings in ethical conduct, meditation and wisdom—while maintaining the tradition’s vast vision, depth and profundity.
This is a richly illustrated book about perceiving the world and making photographs; about the functioning of mind; about living a rich and meaningful life.
When Buddhism is practiced within the profound view of emptiness, it becomes an effective path to liberation. You develop the profound view through studying, contemplating and meditating. Contemplating Reality offers a practical, graduated approach to realizing the view.
So much material wealth is produced and consumed in the modern world, yet everyone hungers for something more. Even the unbelievably wealthy Jeff Bezos still seems needy. Maybe it is not material things that we lack.
Making the dharma personal by going beyond formulas makes it effective. Buddhism is a gradual path, not because the truth is complicated, but because delusion is complicated. To overcome delusion, the gradual path of study, contemplation and meditation develops the insight that sees the truth of things as they are.
Normally we don’t distinguish between perception and conception, but not recognizing the difference between these two is the source of delusion, both in photography and in life. Contemplative photography helps us unravel this confusion.
In the practice of mahamudra, you take whatever it is that obstructs you—thoughts, feelings, emotions—and use that as your practice. Whatever it is that binds you, just that will set you free.
Introducing the view of contemplative photography and art in everyday life.
Buddhism sees ignorance as the root cause of suffering, and wisdom as its antidote. Therefore, it is a path of knowledge. Understanding what constitutes reliable sources of knowledge helps clarify this path. The study of this is known by the Sanskrit term pramana.
Buddhist stories of miracles challenge our beliefs about what is possible and what is not; what exists and what does not. Skillful practitioners can use these stories to get beyond limiting beliefs.
The key to transforming the claustrophobic experience of habitual reality into the open, spacious experience of liberation is cultivating insight through study, contemplation and meditation. The practice of contemplation, in particular, is essential for changing theoretical understanding into profound insight.
The teachings on karma are central to traditional Buddhism. They are also some of the most perplexing teachings for modern practitioners.
The two truths framework is vital for understanding the Mahayana teachings on emptiness and dependent arising. Relative truth both reveals the interdependent play of phenomena and conceals its empty nature.