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The Spirit of Buddhist Meditation

Author : Sarah Shaw
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Contains translations of various ancient and later Buddhist writings on meditation.

The Spirit of the Buddha

Author : Martine Batchelor
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div In this slim, enlightening volume, internationally recognized Buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor presents the basic tenets and teachings of the Buddha through a selection of essential texts from the Pali canon, the earliest Buddhist scriptures. Viewed by scholars as the actual substance of the historical teachings (and possibly even the words) of the Buddha, these texts are essential to an understanding of the Buddhist faith, and Batchelor illuminates them with her lucid analysis and interpretations. Both accessible to nonpractitioners and helpful to scholars, The Spirit of the Buddha touches upon key themes, including dharma, compassion, meditation, and peace, among others, creating a panoramic view of one of the world’s most widely practiced faiths that is deeply rooted in its most vital texts./DIV

The Origin of Buddhist Meditation

Author : Alexander Wynne
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Having identified early material that goes back to the Buddha himself, the author argues that the two teachers of the Buddha were historical figures. Based on the early Brahminic literature, namely the early Upanishads and Moksadharma, the author asserts the origin of the method of meditation learned by the Buddha from these teachers, and attempts to use them to identify some authentic teachings of the Buddha on meditation. Stimulating debate within the field of Buddhist Studies, the following claims are put forward: the Buddha was taught by Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta, as stated in the literature of numerous early Buddhist sects, is historically authentic Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta taught a form of early Brahminic meditation the Buddha must consequently have been trained in a meditative school whose ideology was provided by the philosophical portions of early Upanishads Shedding new light on a fascinating aspect of the origins of Buddhism, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of Buddhist studies, Asian religion and South Asian studies.

The Spirit Book

Author : Raymond Buckland
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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field. Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.

Meditation Motivation A Quick Tour of Buddhism and 20 Easy Tips to Create a Daily Practice

Author : Mia Randall
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Struggling to meditate daily? Meditating regularly can be very difficult to do, especially when we are busy. However, to really experience the benefits of meditation, a regular practice is essential. In this book, Mia guides the reader on a journey towards a more firmly grounded practice that can withstand the obstacles that we all, from time to time, put in the way of our meditation practice. By looking at the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, we learn how meaning and purpose can be conveyed to our meditation, giving us the will and determination to meditate on a regular basis. Short of time to meditate? Learn 20 easy motivational tips and secrets (including charts) to create and maintain a daily practice to fit in with even the most hectic lifestyle! Review: "I teach Buddhist meditation and I am always on the lookout for ways to support peoples meditation at home. It's so easy to enjoy the class and yet somehow not get around actually practicing at home. Mia gives not only gives 20 useful tips but also an good introduction to the Buddhist Path, outlining Four Noble Truths and the 8 fold path in a very accessible way. And such a good price!" Viramitra (Inventor of the Kindseat, Amazon UK)

Mindful America

Author : Jeff Wilson
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Thirty years ago, "mindfulness" was a Buddhist principle mostly obscure to the west. Today, it is a popular cure-all for Americans' daily problems. A massive and lucrative industry promotes mindfulness in every aspect of life, however mundane or unlikely: Americans of various faiths (or none at all) practice mindful eating, mindful sex, mindful parenting, mindfulness in the office, mindful sports, mindfulness-based stress relief and addiction recovery, and hire mindful divorce lawyers. Mindfulness is touted by members of Congress, CEOs, and Silicon Valley tech gurus, and is even being taught in public schools, hospitals, and the military. Focusing on such processes as the marketing, medicalization, and professionalization of meditation, Jeff Wilson reveals how Buddhism shed its countercultural image and was assimilated into mainstream American culture. The rise of mindfulness in America, Wilson argues, is a perfect example of how Buddhism enters new cultures and is domesticated: in each case, the new cultures take from Buddhism what they believe will relieve their specific distresses and concerns, and in the process create new forms of Buddhism adapted to their needs. Wilson also tackles the economics of the mindfulness movement, examining commercial programs, therapeutic services, and products such as books, films, CDs, and even smartphone applications. Mindful America is the first in-depth study of this phenomenon--invaluable for understanding how mindfulness came to be applied to such a vast array of non-religious concerns and how it can be reconciled with traditional Buddhism in America.

Buddhist Meditation

Author : Sarah Shaw
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Meditative practice lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. This introductory anthology gives a representative sample of the various kinds of meditations described in the earliest body of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It provides a broad introduction to their traditional context and practice and supplies explanation, context and doctrinal background to the subject of meditation. The main themes of the book are the diversity and flexibility of the way that the Buddha teaches meditation from the evidence of the canon. Covering fundamental features of Buddhist practice such as posture, lay meditation, and meditative technique it provides comments both from the principal early commentators on Buddhist practice, Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and from reputable modern meditation teachers in a number of Theravadin traditions. This is the first book on Pali Buddhism which introduces the reader to the wide range of the canon. It demonstrates that the Buddha's meditative tradition still offers a path of practice as mysterious, awe-inspiring yet as freshly accessible as it was centuries ago, and will be of interest to students and scholars of Buddhism as well as Buddhist practitioners.


Author : Sarah Shaw
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A quick guide to the history of the world's most popular meditation practice. From the time of the Buddha to the age of meditation apps, this straightforward introduction gives an entire overview of the use of the term "mindfulness" in Buddhist meditative traditions. Drawing upon years of experience through practicing, researching, and teaching the history of mindfulness, Dr. Sarah Shaw offers the first-ever accessible guide to the roots of this ancient meditation technique that continues to benefit millions throughout the world. Although the term is heard everywhere from boardrooms and classrooms to gyms and yoga studios, surprisingly little is known about the origins of mindfulness. This easy-to-read short history will give readers, whether they are seasoned or novice practitioners, a better sense of the most practiced meditation in the world.

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

Author : Nyanaponika Thera
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In print for more than fifty years and translated into some ten languages, Nyanaponika Thera’s The Heart of Buddhist Meditation has attained the stature of a modern spiritual classic. Combining deep personal insight with the power of clear exposition, the author guides the reader into the essential principles making up the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness. Besides offering a lucid account of the basic practices of insight meditation, the book contains a complete translation of the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s own instructions on the practice. “A work of unique importance ... written with great depth, extraordinary knowledge, deep humanity... I do not know of any book which could be compared to this work as a guide to meditation.” Erich Fromm

The Experience of Samadhi

Author : Richard Shankman
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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.

The Healing Power of Loving Kindness

Author : Tulku Thondup
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A guide to the Buddhist view of loving-kindness includes instructions for changing negative thoughts and feelings by cultivating a positive, loving attitude and includes an extended guided meditation practice on the accompanying sound discs.

Who Is My Self

Author : Khema
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Self-transformation is an essential element in all forms of Buddhist meditation--from Tantra to Zen. Ayya Khema, author of the best-selling Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, uses one of the earliest Buddhist suttas to guide us along the path of the oldest Buddhist meditative practice for understanding the nature of "self." By following the Buddha's explanation with clear, insightful examples from her years of teaching meditation, she guides us back and forth between the relative understanding and higher realizations of the Buddhist concept of "self." Her thoughtful contemplation of the Buddha's radical understanding of "self" and her practical advice for achieving insight offer the reader a profound understanding of the "self." Both beginning and advanced practitioners will greatly benefit from Ayya Khema's warm and down-to-earth exposition of the Buddha's meditation on "self."

The Art of Listening

Author : Sarah Shaw
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An accessible introduction to the teachings of the Buddha told through the oral tradition of the Dīghanikāya--the preeminent text of the Pali canon. The Dīghanikāya, or Long Discourses of the Buddha, is one of the four major collections of teachings from the early period of Buddhism. The thirty-four suttas in the collection demonstrate remarkable breadth in both content and style, ranging from prescriptive ways to apply the practice of Buddhism to evocative imagery that symbolizes the teaching and ethical recommendations about how to act in the world. It is a comprehensive collection that embraces the symbiotic relationship between Buddhist practitioners of the lay and monastic paths. The Art of Listening is intended to give an introduction to the Dīghanikāya in particular and, more generally, to the insights that emerge when we view the Buddhist suttas as oral literature. Dr. Sarah Shaw offers historical and cultural background for the early suttas and discusses some of the key teachings in Buddhist philosophy including meditation, ethics, meditative states, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path. Each sutta of the Dīghanikāya is a paced, rhythmic composition that evolved and passed intergenerationally through chanting. For hundreds of years, these timeless teachings were never written down. Examining twelve suttas of the Dīghanikāya, Dr. Shaw combines a literary approach and a personal one, based on her experiences hearing and chanting the texts aloud in Asia and the UK. At once sophisticated and companionable, The Art of Listening will introduce you to the diversity and beauty of the early suttas.

Encountering Buddhism

Author : Seth Robert Segall
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Practicing psychologists explore the mutual impact of Buddhist teachings and psychology in their lives and practice.

Zen to Order Volume 2

Author : Rich Leyden
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IF YOU SEEK IT YOU CANNOT FIND ITLooking for Zen in all the wrong places? Studying Zen can be confusing but it doesn't have to be that way. Zen is living your life instead of constantly reflecting on the past or worrying about the future. Can we attain Enlightenment? Should we even be worried about attaining Enlightenment? The answers may surprise you.ZEN IS ABOUT ACTION Zen is not a mindless emptying of thoughts. It is much more than that and Zen to Order Volume 2 will help start you on a journey to discover the real meaning of Zen and why if you seek it you cannot find it.

Kyoto School The

Author : Robert Edgar Carter
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This volume provides an introduction to the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Robert E. Carter focuses on four influential Japanese philosophers: the three most important members of the Kyoto School, and a fourth, who was, at most, an associate member of the school. Each of these thinkers wrestled systematically with the Eastern idea of 'nothingness', albeit from very different perspectives.

Buddhist Meditation

Author : Kamalashila
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This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to Buddhist meditation, providing a complete introduction for beginners, as well as detailed advice for experienced meditators seeking to deepen their practice. Kamalashila explores the primary aims of Buddhist meditation: enhanced awareness, true happiness, and liberating insight into the nature of reality. This third edition includes new sections on the importance of the imagination, on Just Sitting, and on reflection on the Buddha.

Energy Meditation Healing the Body Freeing the Spirit

Author : Chok C. Hiew
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Energy healing is a traditional Eastern therapy that exists today as alternative medicine in the West. To gain the most benefits, the roots and principles of therapeutic energy healing evident in Taoism, Buddhism, traditional Oriental medicine, and martial arts practices, need to be understood to nurture effective healing in contemporary living. Since energy healing is an oral tradition and there are few genuine healers today who can truly cure or transmit true teachings. In the author's travels to South-East Asia in Penang, he was fortunate to meet a remarkable master energy healer of Qigong, Sifu Yap Soon Yeong, who is the founder of Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong (CFQ). The author soon became convinced that CFQ was unique in that it is the only energy healing system that is truly good enough to deliver on its claims on transforming mind, body, and spirit. This book records, for the first time, Master Yap’s CFQ or “radiant Goldbody energy meditation” healing system.

Minding the Spirit

Author : Elizabeth Dreyer
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Arranged under five broad headings, these essays create an insightful dialogue on the questions, methods, and critical approaches implemented by the discipline's top scholars.

Zen Meditation in Plain English

Author : John Daishin Buksbazen
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An excellent, practical introduction to Zen meditation. Written in a warm and easily accessible style, the book appeals to anyone with an interest in meditation, Zen, or, as is often the case today, a combination of the two. The book emphasizes the importance of receiving good instruction and of finding groups to practice with, yet it lays out the necessary steps to practice Zen meditation on your own. The book includes easily followed exercises to help the reader along. For anyone looking to uncover a clear and insightful path into the philosophy and practice of Zen meditation, this book represents the culmination of that search.