How to Meditate: A Practical Guide

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide


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ISBN-13: 9780861713417
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 01/09/2006
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 333,011
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 1Mind and Meditation
1Why Meditate?3
2What Is Meditation?6
Part 2Establishing a Meditation Practice
1Advice for Beginners15
2The Meditation Session20
4Common Problems27
Part 3Meditations on the Mind
1Meditation on the Breath37
2Meditation on the Clarity of the Mind42
3Meditation on the Continuity of the Mind45
Part 4Analytical Meditations
About Analytical Meditation51
1Meditation on Emptiness53
2Appreciating our Human Life59
3Meditation on Impermanence65
4Death Awareness Meditation69
5Meditation on Karma80
6Purifying Negative Karma90
7Meditation on Suffering97
8Equanimity Meditation106
9Meditation on Love111
10Meditation on Compassion and Tonglen (Giving and Taking)116
11Dealing with Negative Energy122
Part 5Visualization Meditations
About Visualization143
1Body of Light Meditation147
2Simple Purification Meditation148
3Meditation on Tara, the Buddha of Enlightened Activity151
4Meditation on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion155
5Inner Heat Meditation161
Part 6Prayers and Other Devotional Practices
About Devotion167
2Explanation of the Prayers175
3A Short Meditation on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment183
4Meditation on the Buddha186
5Meditation on the Healing Buddha194
6Meditation on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation200
7Prayer to Tara211
8Vajrasattva Purification219
9The Eight Mahayana Precepts228
10Prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas238
Suggested Further Reading253

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How to Meditate: A Practical Guide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand book to learn how to meditate properly. This is a keeper!
Duneslider More than 1 year ago
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.
bordercollie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The disarmingly simple title does not do justice to this clear and comprehensive meditation manual; edited by Robina Courtin, it is a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been the best book for people of all levels to benifit from
Anonymous More than 1 year ago