Basic Buddhist Meditation Practice

Practical Guide for Beginners and Instructors PRELIMINARY ( 1 ) WHAT IS
MEDITATION ? In Buddhism , " meditation " is best translated as mental
development or ...

Author: Piyasilo



Category: Buddhist meditations

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The Path Is the Goal

It is the essential spiritual practice—and nothing else is more important. In The Path is the Goal, Chögyam Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness.

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821446

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience—and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.

Basic Buddhist Concepts

for example , the Buddha is consistently said to have started teaching only after
having emerged from a state of deep meditation . We have already seen that
Buddhist meditation came after the yoga regimen of self - discipline widely
accepted ...

Author: Kogen Mizuno

Publisher: Kosei Pub


Category: Philosophy

Page: 175

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One of the worldÆs oldest and greatest religions, Buddhism -- like its companions, Christianity and Islam -- has experienced schism and division which scatter its teachings among separate sects, nations and sets of ritual practice. Nonetheless, it is possible to identify common teachings which form the essence of Buddhist belief. This book provides lucid explanations of such fundamental concepts as the Three Treasures, the seals of the law, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the law of causation, and the threefold learning--teachings that all Buddhists honor, which bare the heart of this complicated and magnificently profound religion.

Basic Buddhism

Zen monks led a simple plain life, traveling on foot, carrying their meditation
cushions with them, wearing straw sandals and rainhats, so they could go to any
of the famous Buddhist centers throughout the country. Everyone respected their

Author: Huai-Chin Nan

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1609254538

Category: Religion

Page: 243

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Nan Huai Chin, a learned representative of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, explores the many different schools of Buddhism and the many stories surrounding the life of Buddha. He explains various philosophical trends in Buddhism and the aspects it hastaken on throughout Asia, Europe, and America. For a solid understanding of Buddhism, this book is clearly indispensable reading! With index.

The Buddhist Handbook

In basic Buddhist meditation, two elements are usually identified: 1 Samatha –
tranquillity. 2 Vipassanā – insight. In samatha, concentration (samādhi) is brought
to bear on a single object to the exclusion of all else. It may be the breath, or a ...

Author: John Snelling

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446489582

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today -and THE BUDDHIST HANDBOOK is the best introduction to the teachings of Buddhism, the main schools, the Buddhist world-view, leading Buddhist teachers, Buddhist festivals and meditation. 'There is a great need to come to terms with Buddhism AS A WHOLE. John Snelling's book is an admirable attempt to do just that. ' GOLDEN DRUM 'A clear, up-to-date survey. ' CATHOLIC HERALD

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Thus, it is no accident that meditation is included in the Eightfold Path, the basic
guideline for living and becoming ... In classical Buddhism meditation was often
regarded mainly as a discipline for monastics, for whom it was essential.

Author: William M. Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113678716X

Category: Reference

Page: 2000

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Handbook of Mindfulness

Practical insight meditation: Basic and progressive stages. Rangoon, burma:
department of Religious affairs. (original work published 1971) Mahasi. (1979).
The Satipatthana Vipassanā meditation: A basic Buddhist mindfulness excercise

Author: Kirk Warren Brown

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462525938

Category: Psychology

Page: 466

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An authoritative handbook, this volume offers both a comprehensive review of the current science of mindfulness and a guide to its ongoing evolution. Leading scholars explore mindfulness in the context of contemporary psychological theories of attention, perceptual processing, motivation, and behavior, as well as within a rich cross-disciplinary dialogue with the contemplative traditions. After surveying basic research from neurobiological, cognitive, emotional/affective, and interpersonal perspectives, the book delves into applications of mindfulness practice in healthy and clinical populations, reviewing a growing evidence base. Examined are interventions for behavioral and emotion dysregulation disorders, depression, anxiety, and addictions, and for physical health conditions.

Dixie Dharma

Nonetheless, the event clearly retained a basic Buddhist framework. This began
with the walking meditation from the riverside. Walking meditation is usually
performed at a dedicated site for Buddhist meditation, typically interspersed with

Author: Jeff Wilson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080786997X

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Buddhism in the United States is often viewed in connection with practitioners in the Northeast and on the West Coast, but in fact, it has been spreading and evolving throughout the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. In Dixie Dharma, Jeff Wilson argues that region is crucial to understanding American Buddhism. Through the lens of a multidenominational Buddhist temple in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson explores how Buddhists are adapting to life in the conservative evangelical Christian culture of the South, and how traditional Southerners are adjusting to these newer members on the religious landscape. Introducing a host of overlooked characters, including Buddhist circuit riders, modernist Pure Land priests, and pluralistic Buddhists, Wilson shows how regional specificity manifests itself through such practices as meditation vigils to heal the wounds of the slave trade. He argues that southern Buddhists at once use bodily practices, iconography, and meditation tools to enact distinct sectarian identities even as they enjoy a creative hybridity.

Stopping and Seeing

Stopping and Seeing, the first translation of this essential text, covers the principles and methods of a wide variety of Buddhist meditation techniques and provides an in-depth presentation of the dynamics of these practices.


Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829398

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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"Stopping" and "seeing" are sometimes referred to as the yin and yang of Buddhist meditation—complementary twin halves of a unified whole. In essence, "stopping and seeing" refers to stopping delusion and seeing truth, processes back to basic Buddhist practice. One of the most comprehensive manuals written on these two essential points of Buddhist meditation is "The Great Stopping and Seeing," a monumental work written by sixth-century Buddhist master Chih-i. Stopping and Seeing, the first translation of this essential text, covers the principles and methods of a wide variety of Buddhist meditation techniques and provides an in-depth presentation of the dynamics of these practices.

Asian American Religious Cultures 2 volumes

Courses on topics from basic Buddhism, mindfulness practice, and altar creation
are offered. ... the institute of- fers an intensive course of study, combining the
study of core Buddhist texts and commentaries with training in analytical

Author: Jonathan H. X. Lee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598843311

Category: Religion

Page: 1060

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A resource ideal for students as well as general readers, this two-volume encyclopedia examines the diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander spiritual experience. • Covers both common motifs in Asian American religious culture, such as Chinese New Year festivals and mortuary rituals, as well as many newly established faith traditions • Contains entries on rarely addressed topics within Asian American religion, such as Hezhen Shamanism

Children and Childhood in American Religions

If there is a basic commandment for Buddhists, it is “Save all sentient beings,” not
“Be fruitful and multiply. ... great deal of ignorance, which it needs to outgrow
through practicing the basic Buddhist disciplines of morality, meditation, and

Author: Don S. Browning

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813546957

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Whether First Communion or bar mitzvah, religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life. The book examines ten religions, among other topics: How the Catholic Church confronts the tension between its teachings about children and actual practic The Oglala Lakota's struggle to preserve their spiritual tradition The impact of modernity on Hinduism Only by discussing the unique challenges faced by all religions, and their followers, can we take the first step toward a greater understanding for all of us.

Buddhist Meditation

The meaning and purpose of Buddhist Meditation Meditational practices
constitute the very core of the Buddhist approach to life. An intensely practical
religion, Buddhism is by contrast inclined to treat doctrinal definitions and
historical facts ...

Author: Edward Conze

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134542038

Category: Reference

Page: 182

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As an intensely practical religion, Buddhism has concentrated on devising a great number of meditations. In recent years psychologists have shown great interest in the therapeutic value of these meditations, but accurate information about them has been hard to come by. The most outstanding original documents have now been made accessible by Edward Conze, who translated them from Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan. The volume, originally published in 1956, also deals with the meaning of Buddhist meditation, and the relation of its methods and presuppositions to modern psychology.

Religious Diversity What s the Problem

Buddhist Advice for Flourishing with Religious Diversity Rita M. Gross. For
example, to return ... Both the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh take essentially
the same perspective on basic Buddhist meditation techniques. The Dalai Lama's
book ...

Author: Rita M. Gross

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630871788

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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Once upon a time, on grounds of both religion and common sense, people assumed that the earth was flat and that the sun literally rose and set each day. When newly developing knowledge made those beliefs untenable, giving them up was difficult. Today the belief that only one of the world's various religions is true for all people on earth is equivalent to the belief in a flat earth. Both notions have become untenable, given contemporary knowledge about religion. Even though many people are still troubled by the existence of religious diversity today, that diversity is a fact of life. Religious diversity should be no more troubling to religious people than the fact that the earth is round and circles the sun. This provocative book, based on the author's longtime practice of Buddhism and comparative study of religion, provides tools with which one can truly appreciate religious diversity as a gift and resource rather than as a deficiency or a problem to be overcome. After we accept diversity as inevitable and become comfortable with it, diversity always enriches life--both nature and culture.

Introducing Buddhism

Buddhist Meditation The Pāli word bhāvanā means mental culture or mental
development . ... ON BREATHING ( ĀNĀPĀNA SATI ) Meditation on the The
Three Basic Facts of Existence 10 The Three Basic Facts of Existence Buddhist

Author: Balangoda Ananda Maitreya

Publisher: Jacquetta Gomes




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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

I do not know of any book which could be compared to this work as a guide to meditation.” Erich Fromm

Author: Nyanaponika Thera

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9552401003

Category: Buddhism

Page: 250

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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

Buddhist Meditation

This introductory anthology intends to give a representative sample of the various
kinds of meditations described in the ... the apparent complexity and
inaccessibility of the Pali literature off-putting and so never read some of the
basic texts of ...

Author: Sarah Shaw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134242034

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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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.

Mah y na Buddhist Meditation

... Madhyāntavibhāgabhāşya Stefan Anacker INTRODUCTION The
Madhyāntavibhāgabhāşya , or “ Commentary on the Separation of the Middle
from Extremes , " is one of the several commentaries Vasubandhu wrote on basic
Yogācāra texts ...

Author: Elvin W. Jones

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120807600

Category: Mahayana Buddhism

Page: 312

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precise introduction to Advaita Vedanta, on the basis of something more

Guided Buddhist Meditations

Best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron here provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, as well as an accompanying downloadable audio program containing over fourteen hours of guided meditations on each of the ...

Author: Thubten Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834842262

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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A new edition of a Buddhist classic, an accessible introduction to the stages of the path (lamrim)--including 14 hours of downloadable audio meditations. The Stages of the Path, or lamrim, presentation of Buddhist teachings (a step-by-step method to tame the mind) is a core topic of Buddhist study. The lamrim meditations remind us that the process of transforming the mind, unlike so much of our frantic modern society, is a slow and thoughtful one. Best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron here provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, as well as an accompanying downloadable audio program containing over fourteen hours of guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text. Chodron discusses how to establish a daily practice and presents the meditations in detail, followed by advice for newcomers, instructions for working with distractions, antidotes to mental afflictions, and suggestions on how to deepen Dharma practice. Each practitioner will find meaning and insight according to their own skill level.

An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

... is the basic Buddhist attitude . When we focus attention on the Buddhist
meditative path and the place of the body in the practice of Buddhist meditation
this point will be seen . The Buddha advocates restraint of body , speech and
thought .

Author: Padmasiri De Silva

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742508576

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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This work provides a balance between ancient wisdom and modern thought. It brings contemporary philosophy of mind together with a clear account of Buddhist texts.

Step by Step

Basic Buddhist Meditations Namgyal Wangchen. The Three Defective Attitudes
Regarding our motivation for listening to the Dharma, there are three defective
attitudes to be abandoned. The first is likened to a pot being kept upside down.

Author: Namgyal Wangchen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861716000

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

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Step by Step is an easy-to-understand introduction to the meditation methods that have guided people along the path to awakening for millennia. The techniques explained in it are simple, direct, and all-inclusive, and present a time-tested means for counteracting depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and all other forms of mental suffering. Based on the teachings of Tsongkapa, the great Tibetan saint and founder of the Geluk school, the book contains all of the instruction necessary to embark on the path of transformation that the Tibetans have refined over the last 1,300 years. Included are detailed explanations of the six perfections, emptiness, the preciousness of life, and how to develop the genuine altruism that benefits all living things. Author Geshe Namgyal Wangchen provides three life-changing meditations that the reader can immediately integrate into his or her routine in order to work toward a life experience that is compassionate, confident, and full of wisdom.