Monday, July 2, 2018

"A Beginner's Guide to Meditation"

Shambhala Sun Books; Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation), C. Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Rod Meade Sperry (editor), Shambhala Sun editors, Pema Chodron and more (contributors)
A Beginner's Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers 
How shall we overcome all suffering?
This book is a practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation.

It provides pointers from some of today's most respected Buddhist teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Cyndi Lee, and Sharon Salzberg.

As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation [absorption, mindful witnessing, mental/heart cultivation] practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives.

This practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation introduces the practice, explains how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen), and offers advice and inspiration from Buddhism’s most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including:
  • Pema Chödrön
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Dalai Lama XIV
  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Norman Fischer
  • Ajahn Chah
  • Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
  • Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
  • Sylvia Boorstein
  • Noah Levine
  • Matthieu Ricard (the happiest man in the world)
  • Judy Lief, and many others.
Dharma Meditation Initiative group reading: 6:30 PM, July 5, 2018, LA
Topics include how to build excitement, joy, and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to (group-) meditate with, how to know when it’s time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice “off the cushion [and into the world]” with walking meditation and other practices, and much more.

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