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I found this book very difficult to follow. It was too academic and the style of writing was not suited to someone looking for a more accessible introduction to the principles of meditation. This needs to be made clear in the description of the book. I got to the end through sheer perseverance but probably got 1% of the content. The narration did not help either- it sounded too pompous and sermon-like. I wanted to like this book and was hoping to find some meaning but it just went above my head.
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If you could sum up The Heart of Meditation in three words, what would they be?
Clear Light Mind
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The insights here are probably hard to understand if you're not already far along the path. If you've come to know if a huge commonality between all the practices, shamata, vipassana, zen, prayer, etc, then this may be the book you're looking for. He talks about the substratum of conciousness, clear light awareness. And a mediation called Dzogchen which discards the various mediation objects in favor of pure awareness. No more pushing thoughts away, just let them be and see them as all other manifestations, waves on the surface of awareness.
In my opinion, this is why Buddhism would fail to bring peace and tranquility to the world. The teachings are too complex to be understood by most people who need them the most. This book is a perfect example. I stopped listing a little over half way through. I just leaned back and thought "wow. What a complex maze one must go though. In short, poor explanation, and I got nothing useful from this.
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