Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation

Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation

by Richard Shankman

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Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation by Richard Shankman

Dharma practice comprises a wide range of wise instructions and skillful means. As a result, meditators may be exposed to a diversity of approaches to the core teachings and the meditative path—and that can be confusing at times. In this clear and accessible exploration, Dharma teacher and longtime meditator Richard Shankman unravels the mix of differing, sometimes conflicting, views and traditional teachings on how samadhi (concentration) is understood and taught.

In part one, Richard Shankman explores the range of teachings and views about samadhi in the Theravada Pali tradition, examines different approaches, and considers how they can inform and enrich our meditation practice.

Part two consists of a series of interviews with prominent contemporary Theravada and Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist teachers. These discussions focus on the practical experience of samadhi, bringing the theoretical to life and offering a range of applications of the different meditation techniques.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590305218
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 288,808
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Shankman is a Buddhist meditation teacher with nearly four decades' experience in meditation practice and study. He is cofounder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies as well as the Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education. He teaches throughout the country at Dharma centers and retreats, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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