By B. Alan Wallace
For hundreds of years, Tibetan Buddhist contemplatives have at once explored awareness via rigorously honed and rigorous ideas of meditation. B. Alan Wallace explains the equipment and reports of Tibetan practitioners and compares those with investigations of realization through Western scientists and philosophers. Balancing the Mind features a translation of the vintage dialogue of equipment for constructing quite excessive levels of attentional balance and readability by means of fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative Tsongkhapa.
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Death, he asserts, brings an end to a person's life, but not to the reality of an individual's suffering. The Reality of the Source of Suffering For Tsongkhapa the assertion of the continuity of experience beyond death in no way diminishes the significance of a single human life. On the contrary, as he explains at length in his Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, within the broad range of sentient existence, human life is extraordinarily rare and precious; for with human intelligence we have the ability to discern the true causes of suffering and of genuine happiness and to live accordingly.
3(l Ibid .. p. 736. l! Ibid. 26 An Approach 10 Qlliescellce Moreover, not to act o n one belief. is often equivalent to acting as if the opposite belief were true, SO inaction would not always be as ~paS si\'e~ as the intellectualists assume. n Philosophy and religion address issues that many regard as urgently important, and for these, he suggests, the intellectualist postulates may not obtain. As an expression of his pluralistic philosophy. James proposes, The character of the world's resullS may in part depend upon our acts.
Identifying in this way w ith one's own body, feelings, desires, and so on, attachment arises for oneself and aU that is seen as being conducive to one's own welfare. Hatred then arises towards objects that are seen as obstructing one's own happiness or contributing to one's suffering.
Balancing the Mind - A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention by B. Alan Wallace