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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 ...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!

The book's
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 ...more
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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 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 ...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 ...more
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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.

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One of the best books I ever read on this often difficult to grasp this abstract notion. Brilliant!
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