With a Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
312p., 21 cm.
The word Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one". This title refers to one who perceives directly the illusory, limited and conflicted nature of reality common to humanity and the false identity formed on this misguided foundation. With this awakening, everything changes; without it, nothing changes. Awakening therefore is and has been humanity's greatest challenge. Without compassion, Always Awakening explores how this insight was addressed 2,500 years ago by Gautama Siddhartha and in a contemporary context, language and metaphor by Krishnamurti. It engages and gives voice to one of the world's most respected Tibetan Buddhists, Samdhong Rinpoche, a distinguised scholar, trusted colleague of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the only one with his background and training who had a personal relationship with Krishnamurt over many years.For those with a Buddhist orientation, Always Awakening provides a fresh context to approach and explore Krishnamurti's observations. For those familiar with Krishnamurti, Always Awakening provides a lucid and accessible window into Buddhist philosophy, practices and traditions. The approach used by these two paradigms, these two ways of seeing, centuries apart, are very different and this difference is exemplified in one of Krishnamurti's most distilled statements: "It is the responsibility of each individual to bring about their own transformation, which is not dependent on knowledge or time." Always Awakening explores the common insight great teachers have been encouraging for thousands of years.