Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice

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Widely appreciated in our contemporary world for its therapeutic benefits, the ancient practice of meditation flourishes foremost as an important tool for spiritual growth.

Now this helpful guide has everything you need to make this practice your own. You'll find perspectives that cross time and tradition, plus plenty of practical help -- with step-by-step exercises, inspiring quotes, useful practice hints, engaging art, a comprehensive ...

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Overview

Widely appreciated in our contemporary world for its therapeutic benefits, the ancient practice of meditation flourishes foremost as an important tool for spiritual growth.

Now this helpful guide has everything you need to make this practice your own. You'll find perspectives that cross time and tradition, plus plenty of practical help -- with step-by-step exercises, inspiring quotes, useful practice hints, engaging art, a comprehensive glossary, and plenty of encouragement.

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With these two titles, the publisher has launched a promising new series on spiritual practices. Chilson, a Paulist Father based in Portland, OR, has written a very engaging and far-reaching little book on meditative practice deeply rooted in Buddhist traditions but keenly aware of other methods and approaches. It is carefully enough crafted to be useful to believers of almost any persuasion. Koch, an adjunct professor of religion in the graduate school of St. Mary's University, offers an equally useful and affecting treatment of the spiritual benefits of beginning and keeping a journal. His text is full of practical counsel and includes pointers to web sites and a list of additional books readers might wish to consult. The series will be augmented this fall with titles on pilgrimage and fasting. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Meditation? 9
Part 1 Beginning a Practice 19
Chapter 1 Making a Covenant 23
Chapter 2 Basic Types of Meditation 29
The Body in Meditation 31
Standing Meditation 35
Sitting Meditation 38
The Breath in Meditation 43
Meditation With Words 47
Meditation With the Mind 49
Chapter 3 Expanding Our Practice 55
Misconceptions About Meditation 55
Obstacles to Practice 60
The Body and Its Complaints 68
Chapter 4 The Meditative Environment 75
Moral Prerequisites 76
The Community 83
The Teacher 86
Intellectual Environment 88
Exoteric and Esoteric Teaching 90
Part 2 Meditation in the Spiritual Traditions 93
Chapter 5 Why Are Spiritual Traditions Important? 95
Beginnings of Meditation 99
Chapter 6 The Traditions of India 103
Yoga and Body Prayer 106
Buddhism 115
Chapter 7 Far Eastern Traditions 135
Tai Chi Chuan 137
Zen Buddhism 142
Chapter 8 Western Spiritual Traditions 149
Judaism 149
Christianity 156
Islam 170
Part 3 The Royal Road of Spiritual Growth 181
Chapter 9 The Ox Herding Pictures 183
1. Searching for the Ox 184
2. Discovering Footprints 185
3. Glimpsing the Ox 186
4. Seizing the Ox 188
5. Taming the Ox 189
6. Riding the Ox Home 191
7. Letting Go of the Ox 191
8. Ox and Self Both Forgotten 193
9. Returning to the Source 195
10. In Town With Open Hands 196
Chapter 10 Meditation: Walking the Labyrinth 199
Chapter 11 A Modern Map: Integral Psychology 205
Archaic-Instinctual 207
Magical-Animistic 210
Power Gods 211
Mythic Order 212
Scientific Achievement 213
The Sensitive Self 214
Subtle and Causal Realms 218
Glossary 223
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