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Perfect for both beginners and experienced meditators, this practical guide offers an introduction to the expansive inner world of meditation as well as a series of 21 step-by-step meditations, leading to increasingly peaceful and beneficial states of mind, which together 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, to reduce life's difficulties and bring greater happiness...

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Overview

Perfect for both beginners and experienced meditators, this practical guide offers an introduction to the expansive inner world of meditation as well as a series of 21 step-by-step meditations, leading to increasingly peaceful and beneficial states of mind, which together 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, to reduce life's difficulties and bring greater happiness for ourself and others. Clear and relevant meditation break practices are revealed, so readers can integrate the meditations into their daily activities to reduce tension and improve relationships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780948006906
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight.
He is a fully accomplished meditation master, prolific author, and international teacher
who has lived in the West since 1977 and has founded over 1,100 Kadampa Buddhist
meditation centers and groups around the world. His 21 acclaimed books reveal the
entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra
teachings.

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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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