How to Meditate: A Practical Guide

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Overview

What is meditation? Why practice it? Which technique is best for me? How do I do it? The answers are in this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861710096
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Series: Wisdom Book Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1974. She is a respected and inspiring teacher in the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide organization of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Mind and Meditation
1 Why Meditate? 3
2 What Is Meditation? 6
Part 2 Establishing a Meditation Practice
1 Advice for Beginners 15
2 The Meditation Session 20
3 Posture 24
4 Common Problems 27
Part 3 Meditations on the Mind
1 Meditation on the Breath 37
2 Meditation on the Clarity of the Mind 42
3 Meditation on the Continuity of the Mind 45
Part 4 Analytical Meditations
About Analytical Meditation 51
1 Meditation on Emptiness 53
2 Appreciating our Human Life 59
3 Meditation on Impermanence 65
4 Death Awareness Meditation 69
5 Meditation on Karma 80
6 Purifying Negative Karma 90
7 Meditation on Suffering 97
8 Equanimity Meditation 106
9 Meditation on Love 111
10 Meditation on Compassion and Tonglen (Giving and Taking) 116
11 Dealing with Negative Energy 122
Part 5 Visualization Meditations
About Visualization 143
1 Body of Light Meditation 147
2 Simple Purification Meditation 148
3 Meditation on Tara, the Buddha of Enlightened Activity 151
4 Meditation on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion 155
5 Inner Heat Meditation 161
Part 6 Prayers and Other Devotional Practices
About Devotion 167
1 Prayers 171
2 Explanation of the Prayers 175
3 A Short Meditation on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment 183
4 Meditation on the Buddha 186
5 Meditation on the Healing Buddha 194
6 Meditation on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation 200
7 Prayer to Tara 211
8 Vajrasattva Purification 219
9 The Eight Mahayana Precepts 228
10 Prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas 238
Glossary 247
Suggested Further Reading 253
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2010

    THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE. NOT EXAGGERATING.

    I knew nothing of meditation or eastern religion except for a sparse amount of exposure through practicing yoga occasionally before I read this book. It introduces the curious, open mind to meditation gradually and effectively. This is more than a book. Writing a review is almost too cliche of a thing to do, but I want to get the message across that it will be extremely valuable to you if you are already interested in learning about meditation.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Good starter book.

    I found this book a good one to start with. I knew nothing about meditation and this book answered my questions. I am now all into the meditation. Looking for my next book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Great book to learn how to meditate

    Easy to understand book to learn how to
    meditate properly. This is a keeper!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    How to meditate

    This has been the best book for people of all levels to benifit from

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