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It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path

ISBN13: 9781590303818
ISBN: 1590303814
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $12.95
Publisher: Shambhala
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Pages: 160
Average Goodreads rating: 4.28/5 (248 ratings)

On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror—when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what Kongtrül calls self-reflection.

Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in Kongtrül’s title: it's up to you.