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Nearly all of my earlier writings have been co mpiled, edited, expanded and integrated into a work called Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book . I think it is one of the more practical and technically detailed manuals for high-level insight and concentration practice available, and its maps of spiritual terrain and advice for navigating in unusual territory are world-class.
MCTB is the abbreviation for the title of a book called Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, an Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book by Daniel Ingram . It serves as a conceptual and terminological foundation and reference for a significant portion of the discussions on the DhO, and so reading it can be of value to understand what people are writing about and debating. It is published by Aeon Publications and can be ordered from your local independent bookseller or the standard mega-sites such as Amazon . A free version is also available on-line at Interactivebuddha.com and here in chapter/wiki form.
- Mindfulness In Plain English - Ven. Henepola Gunaratana From the introduction:
Chuang Tzu, a contemporary of Mencius, is universally regarded as the greatest Taoist after Lao Tzu. His butterfly dream is probably the most celebrated dream ever to be recorded in the history of Chinese Philosophy, which makes it almost impossible to omit in any serious expositions of Chuang Tzu's works. Whether or not the dream actually occurred is not a matter of great importance. What is important is that it has captured the minds of generations of Philosophers. My aim in this essay is to discuss a number of views that I find interesting. Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu dreamed that he was a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself.
An Experimental Approach Video Presentation by Richard Lang Ancient wisdom claims that we are not simply human. Outwardly we are human, but inwardly we are divine. According to this wisdom, the purpose of life is to awaken to our divine inner self. If we awaken to ‘who we really are’, our lives will be blessed.
Commentary by Richard Lang See video presentation of this experiment See Flash/text animation Who are you really? Not who are you in other people’s eyes, or in the mirror, or according to your beliefs and unexamined assumptions, but in your own direct experience.
How many ways can you be god? You know, when you make an artificial world, what are the different positions that you can assume as its creator? For this exercise I am imagining powers of creation that we humans do not currently possess, but seem on our way to acquiring -- such as being able to instill choice in our creations.