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How to Meditate

A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
November, 2021
ISBN:
9781683648420
Quantity: 
4
$21.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has intimate knowledge of the path. That’s why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.

I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs.

More of us are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience.

When something is bothering you—a person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is troubling you—you must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation. Working with our mind is the only means through which we’ll actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in.

 She teaches:

  • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
  • The Seven Delights—how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
  • Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”—instead of obstacles—in meditation.

So if you ask why we meditate, I would say it’s so we can become more flexible and tolerant to the present moment... So meditation helps us cultivate this feeling of no big deal, not as a cynical statement, but as a statement of humor and flexibility. You’ve seen it all, and seeing it all allows you to love it all.

Pema Chödrön is the author of many books including When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche and the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

See gampoabbey.org.

Publisher’s Description: 

When something is bothering youa person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is troubling youyou must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation. Working with our mind is the only means through which well actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in. Pema Chdrn

Pema Chdrn is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This step-by-step guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind, embrace the fullness of our experience, and live in a wholehearted way as we discover:

- The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
- The Seven Delightshow moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
- Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
- Thoughts and emotions as sheer delightinstead of obstaclesin meditation

I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs, writes Pema Chdrn. How to Meditate is an essential book from this wise teacher to assist each one of us in this virtuous goal.

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