Shambhala Sun | July 2014
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
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.