The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, by Richard Shankman

By Richard Shankman

Offered in an easy, available demeanour, The paintings and talent of Buddhist Meditation deals a pragmatic consultant to development a robust meditation perform, unifying mindfulness, focus and perception right into a unmarried, built-in direction of meditation.

Mindfulness and perception, basically figuring out what's taking place in one’s current second adventure, and focus, the power of the brain to stay regular and undistracted, are foundational parts of meditation. everyone is frequently careworn approximately how those points of the perform healthy jointly. should still they be doing perception meditation or focus practices? How does focus healthy into perception meditation? This e-book deals particular suggestions for cultivating either perception and concentration.

This booklet could be of curiosity to either starting and skilled meditation practitioners, someone wishing to familiarize themselves with, deepen their figuring out of and bring up their sensible abilities in mindfulness, focus, and perception meditation. New meditators need a hands-on e-book they could simply positioned into perform, and they're going to locate the step by step directions obtainable and simple to appreciate. skilled practitioners will discover a whole and beneficial advisor for deepening perception and cultivating the deeper levels of focus referred to as jhana.

This e-book discusses the most typical stories which can come up because the meditation strategy unfolds. This booklet may help you discover the ways and strategies that paintings right for you, supplying more than a few directions for operating with quite a few chances of what can take place as meditation progresses.

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My early training and the experiences that followed have shown me that what may at first appear as darkness is, in essence, nothing. more substantial than a shadow cast by the mind's true light. 32 2 THE PROBLEM IS THE SOLUTION And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. S. ELIOT, "Little Gidding" NOT LONG AGO I visited a wax museum in Paris, where I saw a very lifelike statue of the Dalai Lama. I examined it carefully from all angles, since His Holiness is a person I know fairly well.

Not wanting to get in the way, I started to step aside-,-at which point the woman screamed and the man with the camera dropped his jaw almost to the ground. Because the light in the museum was rather dim, they'd thought I was part of the display: a wax figure of a happy little monk standing beside the Dalai Lama. Once the couple recovered from the shock of seeing what appeared to be a wax statue suddenly springing to life, we all had a nice laugh together and parted company on a very pleasant note.

Robert Frost, "A Servant to Servants" I'd never thought of the emotional storms I suffered as evidence of the power of my own mind. Or rather, I'd heard teachings to that effect, especially from my father, who would frequently point out that disturbing emotions are actually expressions of the mind-in the same way that intense heat, for example, is a product or expression of the sun. But like most people when they first start the practice of examining their minds, I was more concerned with getting rid of the thoughts and feelings that upset me than with actually looking directly at their source.

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