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Daniel P Brown (all media)

Brown, Daniel P

Book

1981

Mahamudra Meditation-Stages and Contemporary Cognitive Psychology. A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of the Divinity School in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. 1981

The 1981 dissertation of Dr Brown. I consider it to be an incomparably valuable resource for mahamudra meditation practitioners.  


This is true for self study, and for intellectual understanding of Dr Brown´s method and approach.  The structure of at least Retreat 1 (the one I know) is patterned after many of the methods etc found in the dissertation.


The Buddhist material is matched against the state of cognitive paychology in the 1960s and 1970s.  In  the meantime, Dr Brown has included contemporary neuroscience research he initiated with Judson A Brewer.   See "Mapping Complex Mindstates"


 

A bootlegged PDF copy  of the dissertation is available for download here.  


I did not find a copyright mark in the publication.  The dissertation cannot be bought anywhere, so no one seems to lose out.  However , if you download and use t, I find it fair that you give a donation to Dr Brown´s lifework in the area of preserving Tibetan Buddhism.  I have done that. 


While there is currently a debate between Dr Brown and the Board of Pointing Out the Great Way over the direction and planning the Foundation,m any donateon  is still a valuable contribution. 


Wilber, Ken; Engler, Jack; Brown, Daniel P

Book

1986

Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives On Development (New Science Library) – September 12, 1986

A collection of essays and research by Ken Wilber, Jack Engler and Daniel P Brown.  In this book, Dan Browns summarises his stage-model of enlightenment across the Buddhist traditions, building on his dissertation.


From Goodreads:


Drawing on modern psychology and psychiatry, as well as the world's great meditative traditions, this book presents the first 'full-spectrum' model of human development--one that includes both the conventional stages of psychological growth and the 'higher' levels of spiritual development.

Poppy L.A. Schoenbergad, Andrea Rufa John Churchill, Daniel P. Brown, Judson A. Brewer

Article

2018

Mapping complex mind states: EEG neural substrates of meditative
unified compassionate awareness. 2018

An example of "contemplative neuroscience"


From the summary:


Specific mental training cultivates diminished self-reference, encompassing non-duality, emptiness, awakened-awareness, and compassionate experiences. We aimed to elucidate the neural substrates of four distinct, interdependent Essence-of-Mind states: (1) timelessness, (2) non-preference, non-duality, non-conceptualization, (3) the view of luminosity and limitlessness, (4) unified compassionate experience of oneness (stable awakened-awareness).

Brown, Daniel P

Video

2018

The Real Manchurian Candidate

Interview with Daniel P Brown on Youtube, where he defends his thesis that the alleged assassin of Robert Kennedy was a set-up .


The two following links refer to trailers or the two  "Manchurian Candidate" movies.


Shar rdza Rinpoche (Author), Daniel P Brown (Translator), Geshe Sonam Gurung (Translator)

Book

2019

Heart Drops of Kun to Bzang Po

One of new translation by Dan Brown and Geshe Sonam Gurung of works of Tibetan Bon Buddhism.


From Amazon:


This precious set of teachings was translated by Geshe Sonam Gurung & Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. under the Guidance of H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin for the Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation.

This book is the shortest of Shar rdza Rinpoche's trilogy on Bon Great Completion by-passing meditation. It contains:

(1) a detailed set of by-passing preliminary practices, including very detailed emptiness meditations;

(2) thoroughly cutting through pith instructions on view, meditation, conduct, and fruition to establish stable awakening. Emphasis is given the "the great non-action" as the essential point for crossing over from ordinary mind to awakened mind-itself;

(3) by-passing pith instructions to purify ordinary perception so as to directly experience each of the levels of by-passing visions. Emphasis is given to the specialness of by-passing pith instructions as compared to thoroughly cutting through pith instructions, drawing from the teachings in Awakened Awareness of the Cuckoo and

(4) pith instructions for recognizing the very similar visions in the dying process and after-death bardos, so as to transfer-consciousness at that time.

This text was originally translated into English by Lopon Tenzin Namdak entitled Heart Drops of Dharmakāya, Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1993. That translation was based on lectures he gave on the text to Western students in Nepal in 1991. However, that translation, based on live lectures, is not a line-by-line translation of the original Tibetan text, and many quoted passages from other texts were omitted. Therefore, we have made this new, line-by-line, complete translation available here.

Shar rdza bKra' shis rGyal mtshan (Author), Daniel P. Brown (Translator)

Book

2019

Self-Arising Three-fold Embodiment of Enlightenment: [of Bon Great Completion Meditation]

One of new translation by Dan Brown and Geshe Sonam Gurung of works of Tibetan Bon Buddhism.


From Amazon:


This is the second in Shar rDza Rinpoche's trilogy on Bon Great Completion meditation. It is a collection of eleven very advanced mostly by-passing Great Completion practices representing the best intensive practices from the cave and hermitage yogi tradition.

  • Book 1 is a very extensive commentary on the A Khrid Bon Great Completion practice of the Bru rGyal ba tradition.

  • Books 2 and 3 are very detailed practice manuals for developing the levels of by-passing visions in the daytime initially through sky gazing and sun gazing (book 2) and also during a 49-day intensive dark retreat.

  • Books 4, 5, and 6 constitute a trilogy of books on advanced self-arising/self-liberated practice.

  • Book 4 is a practice manual for illusory body practices, wherein the practitioner learns to take all appearances of the path as insubstantial and illusory.

  • Book 5 is a very detailed manual for cultivating awakened awareness continuously during dream and deep sleep states.

  • Book 6 is a very detailed practice manual to be used by the dying yogi to recognize correctly the clear-light of death during the dying process, and the visions during the after-death bardo of the dharmadhatu and the bardo of rebirth. These teachings also include detailed instructions on the advanced practitioner transferring consciousness into a dead body, reviving the dead body, and continuing practicing and teaching.

  • Book 7 contains very precious pith instructions on how to recognize and develop the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment, the five primordial wisdoms, and the inexhaustible enlightened activities of the Buddha.

  • Book 8 contains very detailed instructions on standard inner fire practice using the central channel and chakra system and practicing the four ascending and four descending levels of bliss. Inner fire practice in general enhances the separation of the brightness of awakened awareness from the residual dregs on the ordinary mind, and in particular purifies the residual substantial of the physical body into light.

  • Book 9 contains a detailed description of 40 advanced yogic exercises designed for advanced retreatants to keep the body fit, resist illness, and extract the full measure of benefit from other practices such as A Khrid and Inner Fire. A film was made detailed each of the 40 yogic exercises, and is available only to qualified advanced practitioners.

  • Book 10 is a detailed practice manual on inner fire practice done in synchrony with a sexual consort. The main differences between solo and consort inner fire practice is that only consort practice leads to "great bliss" via reversing the directions of the normally upwardly moving wind and the downward moving winds until they collide and the dispersing the wind evenly throughout the 84,000 minor channels and pores of the body.

  • Book 11 is on advanced yogic fasting. There are nine types of fasting practices depending on capacity. Best practitioners learn to extract vital essence directly from the universe so they and reduce or stop food intake. Middling capacity practitioners reduce normal food intake by using super-foods and energy capacitating substances, Lesser capacity practitioners reduce normal food intake by visualizing dakinis extracting vital essence from the universe and then enhancing normal foods with vital essence such that the volume of normal food intake is reduced.

Michelle Bissanti (Author), Daniel P Brown (Author), Jae Pasari (Author)

Book

2019

The Elephant Path: Attention Development and Training in Children and Adolescents

From Amazon: 


The book presents a detailed discussion of the research in the development of a variety of attention skills in infants, children, adolescents, and adults; the alerting system, the orienting attention system, and the executive attention system. The second chapter reviews the varieties of dysfunctional attention in the modern Western world, with emphasis on the vulnerability of children to: mindlessness, distracted concentration, the problem of apportion attention across tasks, mind-wandering, reactivity, lack of coherence of mind, lack of sufficient working memory, and poor metacognitive skills. Emphasis is given to n]how multimedia, video-gaming, web browsing, and mobile devices affect attention in children. The third chapter reviews a wide range of intervention studies on training mindfulness, concentration, training to reduce mind-wandering, the effects of multitasking, and reactivity, and training to increase metacognitive skills, working memory, and executive functions. The argument is made for the importance of training sustained concentration and distraction resistance over other attention skills. The remainder of the book gives detailed instructions for training concentration skills in children, adapted to developmental age: early preoperational children (ages 4-6), late preoperational children (ages 7-9), concrete operational children (ages 8-12), and adolescents (age 13 plus). These instructions have been adapted from standard Buddhist concentration training, from Asanga's Nine Stages of Staying [Concentrated], modified and adapted for Western children according to developmental age and context. The book also includes field research on how concentration and working memory training is traditionally taught to children in Tibet and Nepal

Daniel . Brown (Author), Geshe Sonam Gurung (Author)

Book

2019

The Six Lamps: According to the Zhang Zhung Oral Transmission Lineage of Bon Great Completion, 2019

From Amazon: 


This precious set of teachings was translated by Geshe Sonam Gurung & Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. under the Guidance of H.H. the 33rd Menri Trizin for the Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation. 


The Six Lamps is one of the main Bon by-passing Great Completion practice manuals from the Oral Transmission lineage.

Tapihritsa (Author), Daniel P Brown (Translator), Geshe Sonam Gurung (Translator)

Book

2019

The Twenty-One Nails: According to the Zhang Zhung Oral Transmission Lineage of Bon Great Completion

One of new translation by Dan Brown and Geshe Sonam Gurung of works of Tibetan Bon Buddhism.


From Amazon:


The Twenty One Nails is the companion teaching to the Six Lamps. It is designed to “nail” the realizations of twenty one perspectives on the natural state, such as cutting through delusion and purifying mistakes of practice; establishing the path of dharmadhatu exhaustion; recognizing awakened awareness, the universal ground, the three-fold embodiment of enlightenment, the pure realms of the sacred mandala as right here, and the five primordial wisdoms; and developing the full measure of stable enlightenment

Brown, Daniel P

Video

2020

Daniel Brown on the Sunday Morning Show

A 90 minute talk about basically everything in Dan Brown´s teachings, in highly condensed form

Daniel P Brown / The Stoa

Podcast

2020

Dying in East and West: With Daniel P Brown.

An interview in which Dr Brown for once  is confronted with a highly aggressive questioner and replies "You can´t get it right for everybody".  The questioner doubts the validity of Dr Brown´s descriptions of dying and rebirth. 


The video contains a short overview of the Heart Sutra as containing the entire path.

Daniel P Brown, George Haas

Audio

2020

The Ideal Parent Figure Protoicol (IPF)

The Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) Protocol was developed by Daniel P. Brown and is a technique to help repair attachment disturbances by guiding practitioners to imagine their ideal parent. George explores the topic in this talk which was captured live on 7/23/20.

Shar Rdza Bkra' Shis Rgyal Mtshan (Author), Daniel P Brown (Translator), Sonam Gurung (Translator)

Book

2021

The Precious Treasury of the Expanse and Awakened Awareness: The Ornaments of the Definitive Secret, 2021