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Shambhala Sun | July 2014

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SPECIAL SECTION: YOUR GUIDE TO BUDDHIST MEDITATION

The Middle Way: Investigating Reality

When you look at things closely, says ELIZABETH MATTIS NAMGYEL, you discover the truth of dependent arising, the middle way between existence and nonexistence.

The Madhyamika, or Middle Way teachings, lie at the heart of all the Buddha’s teachings. The Middle Way, when fully understood, refers to the unshakeable wisdom and confidence of buddhahood. We might associate it with those moments of insight we encounter when everything extraneous to natural being falls away, revealing a fathomless, uncontrived brilliance. The Middle Way also describes the path of insight, through which we question the many unexamined assumptions that bind us to false certitudes and spiritual vagueness. The Middle Way is not a dogma to adhere to but a process of direct investigation that moves us toward sanity as we navigate life.




Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel is a Buddhist teacher who has studied and practiced for thirty years under the guidance of her teacher and husband, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question.

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