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So following on from the Dagpo Rinpoche's visit, I was reading the text that his talk was based on, The Comfortable Path to Enlightenment by Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen. Now Lobsang was the 4th Panchen Lama and lived between 1570 and 1662, and he wrote over 300 books. This particular text is a lamrim text which was translated into Dutch from the Tibetan with the aid of the book The Pearl Garland, An Anthology of Lamrims published by the Institute Guépèle and several other sources.
Reading this text, even though it's a modern translation, it becomes clear that many of the meditations are in an older style. They contain visualisations and long paragraphs that are to be recited while holding certain visualisations in mind. The kind of meditations that I heard and read the more modern teachers espouse are vipassāna and mindfulness, much closer to zazen then these more elaborate workings.
So I was wondering what people's thoughts are on meditations from older texts, and what are your experiences?