Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (2020)

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book Daniel M. Ingram Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book Author posits that enlightenment is an attainable goal Argues that meditation is a method for examining reality The very idea that the teachings of meditation can be mastered will arouse controversy w
  • Title: Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book
  • Author: Daniel M. Ingram
  • ISBN: 9781904658405
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book Daniel M. Ingram Author posits that enlightenment is an attainable goal Argues that meditation is a method for examining reality The very idea that the teachings of meditation can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use med Author posits that enlightenment is an attainable goal Argues that meditation is a method for examining reality The very idea that the teachings of meditation can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self absorbed mind noise.Ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration based and insight Vipassana meditation he provides example practices and most importantly he presents detailed maps of the states of mind we are likely to encounter, and the stages we must negotiate as we move through clearly defined cycles of insight It s easy to feel overawed, at first, by Ingram s assurance and ease in the higher levels of consciousness, but consistently he writes as a down to earth and compassionate guide to the practitioner willing to commit themselves this is a glittering gift of a book.
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  1. Craig Shoemake

    This is not your daddy s Dharma book Your mommy s neither The differences start with the cover, and no, I m not talking about the flaming dude with a chakra wheel for his heart I m talking about the author s title Arahat Now, Ingram does have a regular title he s a medical doctor M.D specializing in emergency medicine Everything from hangnails to heart attacks he told me in a phone conversation As you ought to know by now if you read this blog regularly , an arhat there are variant spellings is [...]

  2. Adam Shand

    This book changed everything I thought I knew about meditation and the spiritual path in general He tackles the taboos and myths around the concept of enlightenment, clearly and succinctly lays out the stages and paths that spiritual progress takes and draws parallels and comparisons between Vipassana often called Insight Meditation in the west and other spiritual traditions.Just when I was about to give up on my meditation practice in despair and disgust, this book reconnected me with my practi [...]

  3. Sky

    Excellent book.Although i myself followed a somewhat different path, i recognize a lot of the issues Ingram addresses He is very open and honest about the whole thing, which can only be applauded and encouraged.I particularly like the many warnings to not get trapped in the sophisticated illusions that are out there.It is a very elaborate, enlightening and accessible work, but i have a few remarks.It is a lot of text and guidance, from my perspective a little too much, giving people certain exp [...]

  4. Bruce

    I read this in electronic version, which is available FREE from the author s website interactivebuddha You can also get a physical copy from the usual places.As interested as I am in spirituality, I ve gone 45 years without knowing the technical buddhist meaning of the term enlightenment Until I read this book If you are interested in the topic, whether you know nothing about Buddhism or are a practicing Buddhist, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK I would give it 10 stars if I could.This book wa [...]

  5. Clícia

    An objective mind wrote this book To me, Ingram was the decoder of many scriptures and he summarized it all in this book It is not a manual for meditation per se It is a study of the core teachings It gives important information on the theory of meditation and self realization based on the eastern culture.I think it is a good reading for analytical objective practical minds There is no self help in the lines written Quite the opposite He takes the truth and smashes into your face Ingram can be [...]

  6. Tord Helsingeng

    Well, as the subtitle says, this is a book for serious or even zealous practitioners Vast emptiness, nothing holy seems to fit the bill even though that quote is from the zen lineage Ingram is quite provocative in his writing and even puts a certain symbol electric flash on many chapters which may be especially provocative to traditional buddhists It is certainly a book that aims for enlightenment through intense practice of the theravada variety I especially like Ingram s mapping of the progres [...]

  7. Martinxo

    This is a key book for clear and precise meditation instruction Ingram is no half hearted new agey Buddhist, he takes you quickly to the point and then it us up to you Highly recommended.Worth checking out his site interactivebuddha and getting involved in the conversation at dharmaoverground.wetpaint

  8. Paul Iversen

    Wish I d read this a decade ago An invaluable overview and map for meditation practice Free copy available on the author s website integrateddanielfo book

  9. Mitchell

    If you are not on a spiritual path toward enlightenment awakening , this book is not for you If you are on such path and hold to a specific tradition, then Daniel Ingram s arrogant and irreverent tone, as well as some of the spiritual taboos he addresses, is likely to offend you, perhaps profoundly Lightening flash symbols for chapters and sections that might be considered controversial, to some, are clearly marked and are also addressed as a warning in the forward.For the relatively small numbe [...]

  10. Amit Srivastava

    What is enlightenment If you ve ever questioned and made an attempt to understand it, almost certainly you wouldn t have found a satisfactory answer Do yourself a favor by stopping to look for it elsewhere and read this book now I do not mean to say that other books texts may not have this answer, but I can assure that this book will not disappoint It is written in a brutally honest, utterly cynical sometimes , down to the nuts and bolts, cut the myths and hypes, non decorative, straight to the [...]

  11. John Davis

    This is a hard book to review for me, a non buddhist non meditator starting from zero I tore through the first half of the book if a couple of days Ingram s discourse on buddhist virtues was great, and his criticism of other sects and western Jet Set nihilo buddhism was informative I bogged down in the descriptions of the various jhanas and nanas, as these were far from my attainment I began meditating after reading, and did hit something resembling access concentration, but failed to sustain it [...]

  12. Dean

    One of the best contemporary dharma meditation spiritual practice books and commentary written in modern times This book really gets at the core of what Buddhism _should_ be about and focus on with its practices however, this book could easily apply to any of the major religions or practical spiritual paths aiming at self transformation and enlightenment I like the direct advice given, and also the conceptual mappings throughout the book detailing possible stopping places along the spiritual dev [...]

  13. Cypherks

    Having read a lot of Buddhist texts over the last few years, and diving into Dzogchen as well, I was always left with questions and felt that I was chasing a rabbit down a hole than never ended Never have I read so many books about nothing This is the first Buddhist book I ve read that makes sense Stripped away of flowery language and allegory, Daniel Ingram lays it all out for you to follow along with Sit down, meditate, do this, this and this Then you ll run into very familiar, very well mapp [...]

  14. Juergen

    This book s a bit of a slog I d offer another star if it was better edited That said, the collection of information available herein is invaluable to one who has a bit of practice time logged The treatment given by Ingram to the Progress of Insight, as delineated by the Visuddhimagga and preferred by those in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, is golden If you find yourself in contemplative territories, it would be immensely helpful to have a map to help you circumnavigate the pathways The Progress o [...]

  15. Susan Tucker

    Not a philosophy book, this book is a how to guide for the serious meditator I appreciate the book for describing the territory and aims of insight practice and concentration practice in a way I ve never seen before Many vague notions were cleared up for me.I ve never been a serious meditator, and the chapters quickly got into territory far beyond my experiences and comprehension I have a feeling I ll be re reading this one.

  16. Rick

    Best book on meditation ever By far And one certainly doesn t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate or benefit from.

  17. Elf M.

    I m just a novice meditator, so my impressions may be off, but after reading Daniel Ingram s Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, I feel like I ve just come out of one of those Discordian lessons on guerilla ontology, not quite recalibrated to what is useful and what is not Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, usually referred to by its fans and detractors as MCTB, is as far as I ve been able to determine a controversial book by a controversial teacher within Western Buddhism, and [...]

  18. Jon Bash

    This book is hard to rate and review I ll start with what I considered the badE BAD The writing is subpar, to say the least I can t be too hard on him since this was written in his spare time without anything resembling a professional editor, but the spelling grammar errors, weird organization, funky formatting, etc get really obnoxious Daniel is prone to long, angry rants that don t seem to serve much of a purpose beyond venting, and even when they do serve a purpose, it s obvious that he made [...]

  19. Teo 2050

    Contents view spoiler Ingram DM 2007 14 51 Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha An Unusually Hardcore Dharma BookForeword and WarningPart I The Fundamentals01 Introduction to Part I02 Morality, The First and Last Training03 Concentration, The Second Training04 Wisdom, The Third Training05 The Three Characteristics Impermanence Suffering No self The Five Spiritual Faculties Faith and Wisdom Energy and Concentration Mindfulness06 The Seven Factors of Enlightenment Mindfulness Investigation o [...]

  20. Aaron

    When I was practicing meditation on a monthlong retreat, I found a homebound laminated copy of this book lying on a table at the end of a hallway in our dorms, and ended up reading it slowly in my free time The earlier chapters on the fundamentals of Buddhism are a really great treatment of the topic, his outlines of samatha and the Visuddhimaggha progression towards enlightenment were eye opening, but what really rocked my world was his scathing critique of modern western Buddhist culture For t [...]

  21. Fundinn

    I like how Daniel goes off on a tangent for 10 pages about the terrible and dramatic effects of sitting on a cushion and then writes off one sentence about how all of that may simply not happen to you and you may just very well have gone through the storm without even noticing it.The book seems to have been written by an individual who was visibly hurt during his ascension or should I say degeneration towards enlightenment Heartfelt, Daniel urges the ex heroic addict on retreat to keep practicin [...]

  22. Wayne's

    I enjoyed this book and it has some no nonsense advice It also has a lot of stuff about mystical experiences that I cannot really relate to or grasp.My view is that mindfulness and other basic buddhist practice has a lot to offer which has little to do with religion but a lot to do with a fundamental understanding of how people are I think also that there are some people that experience mystical phenomenon and that many traditions have tried to understand these and there is in those traditions a [...]

  23. Sheldon Frith

    This is the book that made the difference and provided the motivation for me to begin a serious meditation practice It s been five years now, and I m tremendously grateful for the changes in my life that this book helped to create It is still among my top three favourite meditation books, along with The Mind Illuminated and A Path With Heart.

  24. Jason Murphy

    Great bookReally enjoyed his section on mapsI feel like there is still too much fluff in this book though A bit too much personal opinion It would be nice if he wrote a book that ONLY contained his method, and not critiques on other views.

  25. Tony Boyles

    This book is clearly not intended for me However, it has sufficiently captured my interest that I may become someone who benefits greatly from it Must read again later in life.

  26. Michael

    As the title and subtitle suggest or warn , the content of this book is meant for, and likely all but exclusively appeals to, the most serious of meditators If you count yourself among this camp but have not completed at least two 10 day insight retreats and established a solid daily practice, I d suggest doing so before diving into this particular book Much of it will seem just too fantastic to even consider if one has not at least glimpsed the actual fantastic through one s own experience with [...]

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