From the pages of Tricycle, the country’s most widely read Buddhist magazine, comes Commit to Sit, an introduction to the art of meditation. In recent years, interest in meditation has grown to include not only those on a spiritual search, but also those who are simply working toward a healthy and meaningful life.
This book brings together a broad range of Buddhist meditative techniques that have appeared in the magazine over the years. Contributors include some of the foremost voices in contemporary Buddhism: Pema Chödrön starts our journey with an inspirational Foreword. Lama Surya Das explores the definition of meditation, while Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein lay out a 28-day program for establishing a daily practice. Wherever you are on your search, you will find plenty of guidance in this book. Learn about insight meditation from Bhante Henepola Gunaratana and Sylvia Boorstein. Or about zazen from Barry Magid and Martine Batchelor. Gil Fronsdal offers instruction in metta (lovingkindness) meditation, while Judith Simmer-Brown teaches tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion. We also learn about the crucial role the body plays in meditation from S. N. Goenka, Reginald Ray, Wes Nisker, and Cyndi Lee. We receive guidance on managing issues that arise in meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman, Matthieu Ricard, Pat Enkyo O’Hara, and others. And there are practices for bringing mindfulness and compassion to daily life from Thubten Chodron, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Michael Carroll.Though targeted to the reader who would like to begin meditating, this collection also offers support and guidance to the experienced meditator working to sustain a lifelong practice. This is a guide to meditative practice for any seeker wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their world.
|Publisher:||Hay House, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Joan Duncan Oliver is Tricycle’s reviews editor and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, Health, Shambhala Sun, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2005. Her books include Happiness; Good Karma; and, most recently, Coffee with the Buddha. She has practiced Buddhist meditation for 30 years, studying with teachers in the Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
New York, NY
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book on recommendation of a friend who is Buddhist and a practiced meditator. As someone with very little experience with or knowledge of meditation, I found it very accessible, though a bit advanced at times. The book contains several sections, and is essentially a collection of short articles written by a number of contributors to a meditation website. There is also a month guide to advancing your meditation practice. The good thing about that is that it offers help and suggestions to both regular practitioners and new or uninitiated meditators alike. At the same time, I felt there was not quite enough background information to get me started - if you are a newbie to meditation, you have to sort of take a leap of faith and learn largely through trial and error until you get to a stage at which you are comfortable apply the practices in the book. While, again, the book is good for both experienced and new meditators, it is geared more toward the former, so if you are brand new to meditation you may need another source to help you get your feet wet, after which the book becomes extraordinarily helpful.