How to Meditate

How to Meditate

A Practical Guide to Making Friends With your Mind

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Library Journal's Best Books of 2013 selection"When something is bothering you-a person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is bothering you-you must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation. Working with our mind is the only means through which we'll actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in." --Pema ChödrönPema Chödrön is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This step-by-step guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind, embrace the fullness of our experience, and live in a wholehearted way as we discover:The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness* The Seven Delights--how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love* Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises* Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation"I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs," writes Pema Chödrön. How to Meditate is a long-overdue book from this wise teacher to assist each one of us in this virtuous goal.
Publisher: Boulder, CO :, Sounds True,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781604079333
Branch Call Number: 294.34435 CHO
Characteristics: viii, 175 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 09, 2019

This book gives the reader some very practical advice and insight into meditation practice. The practice is not perfect and it doesn`t magically make you a better person by doing it. Meditation simply helps you make sense of your world, how your mind sees things and gives you tools or perspective on how to handle events that come up in your every day life.

Dec 30, 2018

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Jun 29, 2018

Doesn't get too deep, just a simple but effective step-by-step on how to meditate. It incorporates a nice easy-to-read overview of general Buddhist teachings.

Sep 26, 2015

It is indeed practical and answers a lot of questions, but not all, that I have about meditation. It also breaks certain illusions: that you will find yourself in permanent peace or at least a "better" place. Excellent beginner to advanced guide.

Sep 04, 2014

Most excellent. Written with sensitivity and clarity, this book is much more than a guide on how to meditate, but also why we meditate: to develop a sharp awareness, to awaken to life, and cultivate love and kindness. For me, it answered the questions, what is enlightenment, and how can we use meditation to reach it.

Dec 27, 2013

A must read guide for those who struggle with meditation and monkey mind. I found this most helpful and an easy read.

Mitsouko1 Nov 22, 2013

Pema Chodron's work is amazing and inspirational. However, in the long run, it can be challenging to the point of being discouraging to some people. You might want to read a variety of books on the subject of meditation before you commit to one particular style or philosophy.


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Dec 27, 2013

We meditate in order to remove the root of suffering. Getting to the root of suffering begins with the returning to the present moment, with coming back to the breath. This is where expansion can occur. ... The present moment you will find is limitless.

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