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Shambhala Sun | July 2014

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SPECIAL SECTION: YOUR GUIDE TO BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Visualization: Developing Pure Perception

We visualize deities to connect with their enlightened energy, purity, and sacredness, which is our own nature as well. ANYEN RINPOCHE and ALLISON CHOYING ZANGMO teach us how to visualize Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of perfect compassion.

We are constantly thwarted by our own expectations. For most of us, fantasizing about how things “should be” is a constant source of anguish. We wish our parents, our children, our friends, our jobs, our own health, and even the person standing in line in front of us at the grocery store would be just so. We often bring this hard-headed mindset to meditation.

We may have had the romantic idea that meditation was about sitting in a candlelit, quiet room and “emptying” the mind of all of its conceptual thoughts, bringing us calm and blissful feelings. Meditation actually offers something much more revolutionary. If we do it right, it gives us new eyes, new senses, and a new world. It opens us up to a part of our own mind we’ve never seen or experienced before.




Anyen Rinpoche is a master in the Dzogchen tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism and the founder of Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma Center in Denver. He and Allison Choying Zangmo have coauthored five books, including Dying with Confidence and The Tibetan Yoga of Breath.

Read the rest of this article inside the July 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine. To see what else is in this issue, click here.

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