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A Beginner's Guide to Meditation

Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
March, 2014
ISBN:
9781611800579
Quantity: 
2
$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here’s a practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, with pointers from some of today's most respected Buddhist teachers.  

As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives. This authoritative guide to Buddhist meditation will introduce readers to the practice, explain how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offer advice and inspiration from Buddhism's most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Norman Fischer, Bhante Gunaratana, Sharon Salzberg, Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Suzuki Roshi, the Dalai Lama, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Cyndi Lee, Larry Rosenberg, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and others.

Topics include how to build excitement and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to meditate with, how to know when it's time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice “off the cushion” with walking meditation and other practices, and much more.

The wide range of meditation practices, approaches, and teachings presented in A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation represent the many schools of Buddhist thought. Don’t let it overwhelm you… Sample the various teachings here, note what resonates with you (and what doesn’t), and see if you can enjoy playing with meditation. And if you have a day when you can’t enjoy it, for whatever reason, remember that this just happens sometimes. After all, that’s what our minds are in the habit of doing: they lead us to make things more complicated than they are. Ultimately, it’s meditation practice itself that helps us train (or untrain) our minds so that we don’t have to follow these same old, tired patterns automatically. —from the editor’s introduction

Publisher’s Description: 

A practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, with pointers from some of today's most respected Buddhist teachers, including Pema Chdrn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Cyndi Lee, and Sharon Salzberg.

As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives. This authoritative guide to Buddhist meditation will introduce readers to the practice, explain how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offer advice and inspiration from Buddhism's most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chdrn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Matthieu Ricard.
Topics include how to build excitement and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to meditate with, how to know when it's time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice "off the cushion" with walking meditation and other practices, and much more.

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