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Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising

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In this ground-breaking and seminal work, esteemed Buddhist teacher Rob Burbea lays out an original and comprehensive approach to deepening insight. Starting from simple and easily accessible understandings of emptiness, Burbea presents a unique conception of the path along which he escorts the practitioner gradually, through the careful structure of the work, into ever mo ...more
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Published January 19th 2015 by Hermes Amāra (first published October 10th 2014)
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Robb Seaton
A pound of magic mushrooms disguised as text.

I'm reminded of Sir Francis Bacon's quip, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." Burbea's work here is beyond even that last category, this is a book that *must* be chewed and digested and, in the process of this digestion, one discovers--to their amazement--that the book was digesting them, methodically demolishing one's sense of self and world. It was reading itself all along!

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Foreword, by Joseph Goldstein

Part I: Orientations

01. The Path of Emptiness is a Journey of Insight
• Voidness, the roots of suffering, and the way things seem to be
• All phenomena are empty of inherent existence
• Realizing voidness dissolves dukkha
• Voidness and impermanence
• Emptiness is the Middle Way
• Seeing emptiness opens compassion
• Entering into the mystery…

Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harvat kirjat ovat avanneet uusia puolia dharmasta ja meditatiivisesta harjoittamisesta kuten tämä. Kirja ankkuroituu suoraa buddhalaisen tyhjyysfilosofian, Nagarjunasta lähtevään Madhyamaka-perinteeseen, ja esitetty lähestymistapa ja harjoitteet juurrutetaan tämän perinteen edustajien ajatuksiin. Kirjassa esitetyt tulkinnat ja harjoitteet tuntuvat näin olevan sekä harmoniassa perinteen kanssa, että täysin ymmärrettäviä ja soveltamiskelpoisia modernille ihmiselle. Teos avasi hyvin paljon ymmärry ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is THE book for the modern, secular dharma practitioner to practically modify their perceptions of reality and liberate their mind. Unlike many other books which merely "talk about" emptiness or liberation, this book provides many practices, with detailed instructions on "what to do" to realize emptiness (sunyata) for yourself. Leaving no stone unturned, Rob Burbea addresses all the nuances of contemplative practice, and the many subtle traps along the way. This is for the serious student o ...more
Pierre Van Eeckhout
It took four months for my mind to slowly digest the content of this book without doing the proposed accompanying meditations. Before grasping the entire content and intentions of the author, I was a little sceptical. I wanted to get an idea of the whole, before attempting any serious endeavour toward this kind of meditation. I have familiarized myself with fundamental concepts of buddhism, gained tremendous insights, cleared the way, raffined my understanding of the meditation path, took roughl ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely detailed meditation manual on emptiness practices that really moves from material accessible to any beginning meditator to the most advanced practitioners. Burbea, who has over a decade of experience guiding meditation students in these practices, has a knack for presenting instructions with clarity and precision so that they are easy to follow on the cushion -- and he's similarly helpful in presenting possible pitfalls along the way. He's also well-versed in Western philoso ...more
Zachary Flessert
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an exhaustive insight meditation manual and set of philosophical reflections/exercises.

To explain the conventional meaning of sunyata (emptiness) to someone is not so hard. But, to understand emptiness and begin to understand how it affects our entire experience of phenomena is another. Burbea starts at the beginning and works his way through phenomena until there is literally nothing left. The book assumes the reader has some level of samadhi.

This book could be read in order, front to b
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I read a review where someone described this as "A pound of magic mushrooms disguised as text."

They were not wrong.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a tough read for me but worth every page. And, like Rob Burbea says in the very beginning, understanding emptiness- the concept of Śūnyatā- is a journey that takes time. I won't pretend for a second that I have a good grasp of the subject; I don't. The book is primarily about meditation and using gradually more advanced emptiness techniques (lenses) to progress further along the Buddhist path. Topically the book covers subjects such as sensation/perception, epistemology and Buddhist phi ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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If taken seriously, the teachings set forth in Seeing That Frees will have a major impact on how you view everything. If you are looking to reduce the Dukkha in your life this book will help you in a big way. It offers a clear explanation of the concepts needed to be more free from Dukkha and also lays out many simple practices so that the teachings can be experienced directly by the reader rather than remaining ideas. There are only a couple of other books that have transformed me as much as th ...more
Noah Wiese
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think a good way to live one's life might be to exist in a constant state of reading/re-reading this book. I'll make it a goal to have my thoughts alight on it, at least a little, every day, as often as I can. ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must for serious meditation practitioners.

I liked the step by step unfolding of the simple message of freedom taught by Buddha, made complicated and unreachable by egos against egos. Thank you.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read on this often difficult to grasp this abstract notion. Brilliant!
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