Not for Happiness

A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

By Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
(Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781611800302, 224pp.)

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

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Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma.
Genuine spiritual practice, not least the NgOndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, NgOndro practice is a must, and "Not for Happiness" your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about:
- developing "renunciation mind"
- discipline, meditation and wisdom
- using your imagination in visualization practice
- why you need a guru.

About the Author
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (Khyentse Norbu) is a Tibetan Buddhist lama who travels and teaches internationally and is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is the abbot of several monasteries in Asia and the spiritual director of meditation centers in Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He is also head of a Buddhist organization called Siddhartha's Intent.
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