Book review: Momentary Buddhahood: Mindfulness and the Vajrayana Path (Anyen Rinpoche)

Via Todd Mayville
on Oct 15, 2009
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In this well-written book by Anyen Rinpoche, the connection between mindfulness and Vajrayana practice is explored.  Rinpoche advocates for the idea that mindfulness is not something to be focused on solely at the beginning of practice, but should be continued throughout.  Momentary Buddhahood also discusses the idea that achieving enlightenment isn’t an all or nothing proposition; that it happens incrementally; and from time to time, each of us experiences glimpses of total enlightenment, however fleeting.  At the base of all of it though, is mindfulness, which should not be thought of as exclusive to Zen nor should it be thought of as non-essential to Tantric practice; it is essential to all phases and all aspects of Buddhism, and especially to those who have taken the Bodhisattva Vow.  Anyen Rinpoche will be at the Boulder Bookstore tonight to speak about and sign his book.  Momentary Buddhahood is from Wisdom Publications and can be had from your local, independent bookstore.  (Shop independent, shop local, and tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


2 Responses to “Book review: Momentary Buddhahood: Mindfulness and the Vajrayana Path (Anyen Rinpoche)”

  1. Makes sense to me.

    I like Buddhism, but I prefer the closely related Yoga of the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita because of its emphasis on ecstatic awareness of the infinite unknowable universe. Just a personal preference.

    Yoga and Buddhism have the same roots and have influenced each other back and forth in profound ways throughout history, right down to the present day! So I am trying to catch up on my knowledge of Buddhism. See:

    A Funny Thing Happened on my Way to Learn about Buddhism

    Bob Weisenberg

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