What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Meditate contains a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with our minds, to how to sit, to visualizations and other traditional practices. Best of all, McDonald’s approach is warm and encouraging. The next best thing to personal instruction!
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
|Product dimensions:||6.02(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.68(d)|
About the Author
Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1974. She is a respected and inspiring teacher in the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a worldwide organization of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||Mind and Meditation|
|2||What Is Meditation?||6|
|Part 2||Establishing a Meditation Practice|
|1||Advice for Beginners||15|
|2||The Meditation Session||20|
|Part 3||Meditations on the Mind|
|1||Meditation on the Breath||37|
|2||Meditation on the Clarity of the Mind||42|
|3||Meditation on the Continuity of the Mind||45|
|Part 4||Analytical Meditations|
|About Analytical Meditation||51|
|1||Meditation on Emptiness||53|
|2||Appreciating our Human Life||59|
|3||Meditation on Impermanence||65|
|4||Death Awareness Meditation||69|
|5||Meditation on Karma||80|
|6||Purifying Negative Karma||90|
|7||Meditation on Suffering||97|
|9||Meditation on Love||111|
|10||Meditation on Compassion and Tonglen (Giving and Taking)||116|
|11||Dealing with Negative Energy||122|
|Part 5||Visualization Meditations|
|1||Body of Light Meditation||147|
|2||Simple Purification Meditation||148|
|3||Meditation on Tara, the Buddha of Enlightened Activity||151|
|4||Meditation on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion||155|
|5||Inner Heat Meditation||161|
|Part 6||Prayers and Other Devotional Practices|
|2||Explanation of the Prayers||175|
|3||A Short Meditation on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment||183|
|4||Meditation on the Buddha||186|
|5||Meditation on the Healing Buddha||194|
|6||Meditation on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation||200|
|7||Prayer to Tara||211|
|9||The Eight Mahayana Precepts||228|
|10||Prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas||238|
|Suggested Further Reading||253|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I knew nothing of meditation or eastern religion except for a sparse amount of exposure through practicing yoga occasionally before I read this book. It introduces the curious, open mind to meditation gradually and effectively. This is more than a book. Writing a review is almost too cliche of a thing to do, but I want to get the message across that it will be extremely valuable to you if you are already interested in learning about meditation.
Easy to understand book to learn how to meditate properly. This is a keeper!
I found this book a good one to start with. I knew nothing about meditation and this book answered my questions. I am now all into the meditation. Looking for my next book.
The disarmingly simple title does not do justice to this clear and comprehensive meditation manual; edited by Robina Courtin, it is a classic.
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