How to Meditate: A Practical Guide [NOOK Book]

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What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Meditate contains a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with our minds, to how to sit, to ...
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How to Meditate: A Practical Guide

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Overview

What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Meditate contains a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with our minds, to how to sit, to visualizations and other traditional practices. Best of all, McDonald’s approach is warm and encouraging. The next best thing to personal instruction!
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Editorial Reviews

Thubten Chodron
"An excellent and engaging book for anyone interested in learning how to meditate."
Richard Gere
"Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book has jewels of wisdom and practical experience to inspire you. Kathleen McDonald comes from a long and trustworthy lineage of teachings. In How to Meditate, she shares the best of what she has received."
Yoga Today
"This book is as beautifully simple and direct as its title."
Circles
"Written for the person who may not have the opportunity to seek personal instruction."
The Middle Way
"Kathleen McDonald's intelligent and carefully written book informs us... we can feel the meditative enthusiasm and experience of the author seeping through the words."
The Wisconsin Bookwatch
"Simple, direct, and complete."
MLBD Newsletter
"A wealth of practical advice..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861719846
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 12/10/2005
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 170,960
  • File size: 2 MB

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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