The New Meditation Handbook: Meditations to Make Our Life Happy and Meaningful

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This practical guide introduces us to the expansive inner world of meditation through a series of twenty-one meditations which lead us step-by-step to increasingly beneficial states of mind.  Together, these meditations form the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. By following simple meditation instructions, readers can experience the inner tranquility and lightness of mind that comes from meditation- thereby bringing greater happiness to ourself and others. Clear and relevant meditation break practices ...

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Overview

This practical guide introduces us to the expansive inner world of meditation through a series of twenty-one meditations which lead us step-by-step to increasingly beneficial states of mind.  Together, these meditations form the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. By following simple meditation instructions, readers can experience the inner tranquility and lightness of mind that comes from meditation- thereby bringing greater happiness to ourself and others. Clear and relevant meditation break practices are revealed, so readers can integrate the meditations into their daily activities.

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  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has proven to be a popular and accessible authority” –Library Journal
  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.” –Booklist
  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.” –Spirituality & Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616060268
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 456,040
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society.  He is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups throughout the world.

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Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and that is the main cause of mental peace. The practice of meditation is a method for familiarizing our mind with virtue. the more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Foundation
Introduction 3
What is Meditation? 6
The Benefits of Meditation 9
How to Begin Meditation 11
Background Knowledge Required for Meditation 13
How to Meditate 20
Part 2 The Twenty-one Meditations
The Initial Scope
1 Our Precious Human Life 30
2 Death and Impermanence 33
3 The Danger of Lower Rebirth 37
4 Refuge Practice 40
5 Actions and their Effects 42
The Intermediate Scope
6 Developing Renunciation for Samsara 46
The Great Scope
7 Developing Equanimity 68
8 Recognizing that all Living Beings are our Mothers 71
9 Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings 75
10 Equalizing Self and Others 78
11 The Disadvantages of Self-cherishing 81
12 The Advantages of Cherishing Others 85
13 Exchanging Self with Others 88
14 Great Compassion 91
15 Taking 94
16 Wishing Love 96
17 Giving 98
18 Bodhichitta 100
19 Tranquil Abiding 103
20 Superior Seeing 107
21 Relying Upon a Spiritual Guide 113
Conclusion 117
Appendix I Prayers for Meditation 119
Appendix II A Commentary to the Preparatory Practices 127
Appendix III A Special Breathing Meditation 141
Appendix IV A Suggested Retreat Schedule 151
Appendix V The Commitments of Going for Refuge 157
Appendix VI A Traditional Meditation on Emptiness 167
Appendix VII The Kadampa Way of Life 179
Glossary 193
Bibliography 206
Study Programmes 211
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