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An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
September, 2015
ISBN:
9781611802672
In stock now: 
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$16.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

If you want to meditate but have no idea where to start, this book by best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Susan Piver will help you: it contains everything you need to know to start a meditation practice and, even more importantly, to continue one. It defines what meditation is (and what it is not), offers tips for making the practice a part of your life, dispels the most common misconceptions, describes the obstacles we all face and how to navigate them, and addresses the most frequently asked questions.

Piver gives a concise overview of the various popular styles of Buddhist meditation and offers suggestions on how to explore them further. Most important, this book contains specific, concrete steps for beginning your own meditation practice in a stress-free, dogma-free, jargon-free way.

Now we get to a little secret about meditation practice. It does not make you more peaceful, if by peaceful you mean unflappable or unperturbed or some other kind of state where everything is always okay and nothing ever bothers you…
 

You find that you don’t have to be afraid of yourself. And then you soften. This is where everything begins to change. The defenses that you constructed so carefully, to protect what you now see may not be in need of such protection, begin to come down. With lowered walls, what you once held at bay—your sadness or anger, the joy or sorrow of those you love, the tremendous brilliance and cruelty of our world—comes in. You are more easily touched. You laugh and cry more easily. This is a very good sign. It is not, however, synonymous with peace. I submit that it is something even better.
 

Rather than become more peaceful, meditation makes you more authentic.

Among Susan Piver’s other books are The Wisdom of a Broken Heart and The Hard Questions.

Publisher’s Description: 

A concise, jargon-free guide to learning what Buddhist meditation isand isn'twith advice on how to start a meditation practice.

If you want to meditate but have no idea where to start, this book by best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Susan Piver will help you: it contains everything you need to know to start a meditation practice and, even more importantly, to continue one. It defines what meditation is (and what it is not), offers tips for making the practice a part of your life, dispels the most common misconceptions, describes the obstacles we all face and how to navigate them, and addresses the most frequently asked questions. Piver gives a concise overview of the various popular styles of Buddhist meditation and offers suggestions on how to explore them further. Most important, this book contains specific, concrete steps for beginning your own meditation practice in a stress-free, dogma-free, jargon-free way.

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