In this informative introduction to insight meditation, Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their own personal stories that highlight challenges and insights from their practice. The authors offer advice about going on retreat, as well as help in choosing a teacher and a sangha (practice community). Any newcomer to insight meditation can get started right away with this enormously practical book that covers every aspect of the teachings beginners need to know.
Despite the long history of mysticism within Christianity, more and more Christians are turning to Eastern religions for spiritual guidance. Some have abandoned the religion of their childhood, believing they've found the ?pearl of great price” in Eastern meditation. Christian insight meditation places Buddhist meditation within the Christian prayer tradition, guiding followers through a process of inner purification that leads to a deeper Christian faith and to the direct vision of God. Also drawing onthe teaching of Teresa of Avila, this inspiring book offers reliable guidance in learning the practice, allowing readers to follow in the footsteps of John of the Cross, while answering questions they may have about Christian grace and the Buddhist dhamma; karma, rebirth, and purgatory; and the Buddhist no-self and Christian soul. Readers will discover the power of Christian insight meditation to bring inner peace and healing and to deepen and enhance their Christian life.
The fruit of some twenty years' experience leading Buddhist meditation retreats, this book touches on a wide range of topics raised repeatedly by meditators and includes favorite stories, key Buddhist teachings, and answers to most-asked questions.
Goldstein presents key teachings, favorite stories, and answers to commonly asked questions about the Buddhist path of insight meditation, the most widely practiced form of meditation in the United States.
Meditation by Sobhana (Mahā caññʻ Cha rā toʻ ʼA rhaṅʻ)
This book introduces the reader to the psychology of Theravada Buddhism, the cradle of all later Buddhist schools and traditions. In simple and clear language Frits Koster describes the fundamental teachings of Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths, karma and rebirth. He also introduces various forms of meditation, in particular vipassana or insight meditation. After a practical explanation of the method and practice of insight meditation, he elaborates on the fruits of this practice, namely wisdom and purification of the mind. In the final section of the book, Koster applies the principles and benefits of insight meditation to Western society in the areas of health, therapy, relationships, communication and stress. The book offers a rich and authentic introduction to Buddhist psychology and insight meditation.
Achaan Chah spent many years walking and meditating in the forest monastery of Wat Ba Pong, engaging in the uncomplicated and disciplined Buddhist practice called dhudanga. A Still Forest Pool reflects the quiet, intensive, and joyous practice of the forest monks of Thailand. Achaan Chah’s humble words, compiled by two Westerners who are former ordained monks, awaken the spirit of inquiry, wonderment, understanding, and deep inner peace. Attachment, according to Achaan Chah, causes all suffering. Understanding the impermanent, insecure, and selfless nature of life is the message he offers for human happiness and realization. To vividly grasp the meaning of attachment leads us to a new place of practice – the path of balance, the Middle Path.
An introductory guide to Insight meditation, offering exercises from two master teachers and a look into how this practice leads to compassion and a deeper understanding of self. Insight meditation is a Buddhist practice that opens the way to profound awakening in our daily lives. This introductory guide offers wisdom about how this path cultivates compassion, strengthens mindfulness, and leads to a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. It also includes exercises from these two master teachers, developed from their meditation retreats taught around the world. Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield are the founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and each has authored many books on meditation.
In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Goldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topics covered are: • The hindrances to meditation—ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees—and skillful means of overcoming them • How compassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives and in the world • How to integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative life based on nonattachment Useful exercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects.
Cette thèse présente les résultats d'une recherche sur la pratique de la méditation et ses bienfaits pour le patient douloureux. Sujets de chapitres :Review of the literature: Mindfulness meditation - Methodology: The 8 week mindfulness meditation program - Results - Discussion.
Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp—literally as close to us as our own breath. This is the 2,500-year-old good news contained in the Anapanasati Sutra, the Buddha's teaching on cultivating both tranquility and deep insight through full awareness of breathing. In this book, Larry Rosenberg brings this timeless meditation method to life. Using the insights gained from his many years of practice and teaching, he makes insight meditation practice accessible to modern practitioners.
During April 1985, and again in October 1986, His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered a series of discourses on Buddhist view, meditation and action. These discourses and the ensuing discussions were recorded and later edited to produce this informative account of the Buddhist teachings and how they may be applied in daily life.
Introduces the central teachings of Buddhism and the practice of insight meditation, covering such topics as proper meditation practice, developing compassion and wisdom, and understanding the laws of karma. Reprint. printing.