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"Meditation Teachings Book 6, Wise Reflection" guides readers through two different old student’s retreats taught by Steve and Rosemary Weissman. The strong foundation of keen compassionate awareness and understanding old students have developed in other retreats is built upon to expand the focus with wise reflection.
Wise reflection uses directed thought to understand a deeper truth or develop specific unselfish emotions necessary for understanding the Truth or Laws of existence.
Chapters "Evening Day 1" through to "Morning Day 10" cover the first old students' wise reflection retreat. The emphasis is to develop right understanding and right intention that skillfully guides a person’s life .
Chapters "Evening Day 10" through to "Morning Day 19" cover the second old students' retreat teachings which has more emphasis on the Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes) or unselfish emotions of compassion, lovingkindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
In this book, many ways of applying compassion/lovingkindness and wise reflection are introduced to use in the formal meditation and everyday life. Unselfish emotions guide the practice, and wisdom investigates life to discover the laws that govern us. 31 different methods of formal meditation are included.
Although many of the teachings in this book can be beneficial for any sincere spiritual practitioner, familiarity with the style, emphasis and methods that Rosemary & Steve use in the basic practice serve as strong foundation for understanding more advanced teachings on a deeper level. Some background of mindfulness and compassionate understanding practice is necessary to fully benefit from wise reflection meditation. If you have not practiced with Steve & Rosemary, then it could be beneficial to first read their other books which cover the regular retreat: "...with Compassionate Understanding", a collection of the regular retreat talks; and/or "Meditation Teachings Book 3, 10-day Retreat Selections", a collection of selected teachings from the regular retreat. This will give you more background that can help you fully understand and benefit from these teachings.
Whether you are unfamiliar with Rosemary & Steve or are an old student, this book will be valuable for anyone who is sincerely trying to develop their minds and hearts.
It is Steve and Rosemary’s sincere wish that this book will be of much benefit for you, and that you will be able to share this benefit with others. May we all grow in peace, compassion, lovingkindness, understanding, joy and equanimity.
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About the Author
Rosemary has been an international Buddhist meditation teacher since 1987. She was a resident teacher at a meditation center in Thailand for 25 years, teaching over 8,000 students from more than 85 countries. She currently lives in Australia, and continues teaching at various centers worldwide.
She and her husband, Steve, have authored many books, with several translated. Their main teaching book, "...with Compassionate Understanding" has been translated into seven languages.
More information about Rosemary & Steve can be found on their web site.
Steve has been an international Buddhist meditation teacher since 1987. He was a resident teacher at a meditation center in Thailand for 25 years, teaching over 8,000 students from more than 85 countries. He currently lives in Australia, and continues teaching at various centers worldwide.
He and his wife, Rosemary, have authored many books, with several translated. Their main teaching book, "...with Compassionate Understanding" has been translated into seven languages.
Besides meditation books, Steve has written many movie scripts with the hope that his most important script, "The Great Quest" will become the first Hollywood-level, dramatic movie of the Buddha's life produced for both Western and worldwide audiences.
Steve has also written a children's picture book, "The Secret in the Seed".
More information about Steve & Rosemary can be found on their web site.