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How to Meditate: A Practical Guide

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What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Med ...more
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Published October 3rd 2005 by Wisdom Publications (first published March 25th 1984)
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Meghan Oona
this is the 1st ever meditation book that i really engaged with. it's basic yet transformative in a very clear way. i first read it at age 16, and continue to use it, many years later :)
Don't be put off by the generic title...
This book is written with wonderful methods, visualization techniques, and explanation of fundamental philosophies. The Venerable Robina Courtin edited this, and the teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe are apparent.
My favorite guide to the practice. Clear, written to make sense to Westerners.
Sister Dharma Gettin
"How to Meditate: A Practical Guide" is a must read for anyone who is interested in becoming the master of their own mind! It's down to earth language complements the book's easy to follow instructions and clear, understandable explanations. A comprehensive manual for the beginner meditator, and likewise, extremely valuable for the experienced, as well. Upon reading, this book will quickly become and essential title in your spiritual library.
This book does a good job of outlining the step-by-step process of basic meditation. Because its focus is Tibetan Buddhist meditation, it walks the reader through not only meditations on specific topics such as impermanence and equanimity (these are usually "antidotes" to specific issues such as attachment or anger), but deity-based meditations, such as meditations to Tara, "the Buddha of Enlightened Activity" and Avalokiteshvara, "the Buddha of Compassion." It also contains Tibetan Buddhist pra ...more
I found this book on a search for exactly what it is - a book on what to do during meditation. It was a really tough, stressful time in my life, and I owe a lot to this book. I'm not a Buddhist, and most of the back of the book doesn't hold much meaning for me, but the front is so utterly helpful that I recommend this book to everyone, not just those looking to meditate. I continue to learn the lessons taught here about humility, patience and perspective.
I might end up giving this a higher rating later - I only had it out from the library for 3 weeks, so didn't get to try a lot of the guided meditations, just read through some of them. Great as a resource for beginners like myself - very easy, encouraging, practical directions for seated meditation. She comes from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but doesn't dwell too specifically on their exact techniques.
Carrieanne grucz
Aside from the actual how to meditate part, I thought this book had some really smart philosophies or things to think about without sounding too new agey, or sound of one hand clappingy.
I did however skip the last chapters which included drawings of different buddahs, and different chants, or offerings to make to them.
This book is very good, and I recommend it to most people I meet who are interested in meditation. My only concern is that it covers a wide range of meditations rather quickly. Volumes could be written on each method the author mentions, however she does a great job in presenting the material. I quite enjoyed this book!
Meditation is not Meditation is not Meditation.

There are lots of techniques and they have different effects on different minds.
This book discusses many methods.
It is said that due to the variety of techniques and variety of minds, it is best to have a teacher help you choose suitable techniques.
I often come back to this book and read over different techniques/sections before I start a session. It is choc-loaded with detail and always helps me overcome my mind. Well done Kathleen, we can all learn something from your powerful book *blinking smiley face*
What to write? What not written is lot more to comprehend. The path ahead is tough

A clear primer on meditation based mostly in the Tibetan tradition.
I will never let go of my copy of this book.
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