HHooww ttoo SSeeee YYoouurrsseellff AAss YYoouu RReeaallllyy AArree. By H.H. the Dalai Lama.Translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins. New York. Atria Books (A Divisionof Simon & Schuster), 2006.http://www.citeulike.org/user/emptiness-co/article/9991027AAccccoorrddiinngg ttoo BBuuddddhhiisstt ppssyycchhoollooggyy,, mmoosstt ooff oouurr ttrroouubblleesssstteemm ffrroomm aattttaacchhmmeenntt ttoo tthhiinnggss tthhaatt wwee mmiissttaakkeennllyy sseeee aassppeerrmmaanneenntt..——TThhee DDaallaaii LLaammaaThis book is written from the broad perspective of one of theworld's religious leaders, a leader whose goal is to promoteworld peace. But it is also remarkably accessible andpragmatic. It contains guidelines on how to get startedmeditating on emptiness, even including how to sit and how toavoid being too lax or too agitated during meditation. Thebook also discusses how to understand the relationship between emptinessand interdependence, how to understand the way things are set up byconceptualization, and what realizing emptiness tastes and feels like.One note: if you do use this book, be aware that the “Oneness” discussedand deconstructed in Chapter 13 is referring to the logical category of“sameness” or “identity,” in other words the opposite of “difference.” Thischapter isn't trying to refute the “togetherness” sense of “oneness,” thesense that people talk about when they wish that all people could get alongtogether. This sense of the word is being left in place. This kind of onenessis an important goal of the emptiness teachings!Overall, this is maybe the best single book to start with if you are new to apath of self-inquiry and wish to proceed with emptiness meditation. If youcannot ﬁnd a teacher for this emptiness approach, then this book is evenbetter because it takes you every step of the way.
2. Introduction to Emptiness
IInnttrroodduuccttiioonn ttoo EEmmppttiinneessss:: AAss TTaauugghhtt iinn TTssoonngg--kkhhaa--ppaa''ss GGrreeaattTTrreeaattiissee oonn tthhee SSttaaggeess ooff tthhee PPaatthh. By Guy Newland. Ithaca, New York.Snow Lion Publications, 2008; Revised edition 2009.http://www.citeulike.org/user/emptiness-co/article/10007216OOuurr uutttteerr llaacckk ooff aa sseellff--eexxiisstteenntt sseellff,, aann iinnddeeppeennddeennttllyyeexxiissttiinngg sseellff,, aann uullttiimmaatteellyy rreeaall sseellff,, ddooeess
mmeeaann tthhaattwwee ddoo nnoott eexxiisstt aatt aallll.. PPeerrssoonnss aanndd ootthheerr pphheennoommeennaa ddooeexxiisstt iinntteerrddeeppeennddeennttllyy..——GGuuyy NNeewwllaannddThis clear, concise (126-page) book is a very good one tostart with. It is an introduction to Nagarjuna's emptinessteachings as interpreted by Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419), thefounder of the Gelug-ba tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. TheGelug-ba tradition (which is also the current Dalai Lama'stradition) puts great emphasis on the emptiness teachings.There are many helpful, well-written books in print from thistradition.This book is such a good ﬁrst book on the emptiness teachings because it iswritten in everyday language, and it covers all the important points that one
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