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  • Published: 15 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781611800302
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

Not for Happiness

A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices



From the author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist comes a fresh look at the foundations of Tibetan Buddhist practice, with practical advice and guidance for the modern practitioner

Do you practice 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 practice the Dharma.

Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngöndro 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, Ngöndro 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

  • Published: 15 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781611800302
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

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 centres 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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