October 15, 2009

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

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!)

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