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Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be “happy”? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise 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

“Having a map of the path that shows where each practise is headed helps me to see what each stage is preparing me for. Even the chapters that at first didn’t seem relevant to my current practise contained such great gems of teaching that they turned out to be extremely relevant and very helpful.”—Catherine Fordham

“To me, this book is like the world’s best kind of GPS! I feel that by following its guidance, even though I am not a skilful driver, I will have the confidence to drive through my Ngöndro practise—and may even end up feeling quite good about it!”—Helena Wang

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