Synopses & Reviews
Here two Western-born lamas of the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism explore what it means to be utterly emotionally alive. Written in contemporary, nonacademic language, this book is a radical challenge to the misconception that inner Vajrayana is primarily an esoteric system of ritual and liturgy. The authors teach that emotions can be embraced as a rich and profound opportunity for realization. This fiercely compassionate battle cry rallies all who are audacious enough to appreciate emotions for their supreme potential as vehicles for awakening.
This book encourages readers to embrace emotional upheaval as a path of personal growth. By applying the tantric principles of dzogchen (ZOG-chen) -- an increasingly popular meditation practice that uncovers our inherent wisdom -- the practitioner learns to appreciate those aspects of emotions that express intelligence and wisdom. In Spectrum of Ecstasy, the authors explain that the path to understanding our emotions begins with meditation and the basic premise that we can be present with our experience from moment to moment.
About the Author
Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen, both Westerners, are teachers in the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism in the lineage of the Aro gTer. A married couple who teach together, they spend much of their time traveling and teaching in Europe and the United States. They live in Penarth, Wales.