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Diamond Mind: Psychology Of Meditation

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The author takes us on a journey into our own minds. With clarity and humour he guides us to understand how we ourselves generate the clouds of anxiety, desire and anger that obscure our happiness. We learn to recognise these obscurations, how they came about and how to release and dissolve them. The innate wisdom and brilliance of the mind then naturally manifest. The tit ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 2002 by Kairon Press (first published 1999)
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Phaedon
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mindfulness
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is the best book on meditation I've read, and I have read a few. I will add a small proviso though. I think this was the right meditation book at the right time. I don't know if I would have appreciated it quite as much as a completely new meditator. I also can't possibly guess if this would be a useful book for someone with decades of experience under their belts. For me, a couple of years into a daily meditation practice, this was exactly the boo ...more
Roger M
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Concise practical guidance at a level that respects your intelligence. The author is very well informed and a very good communicator of ideas.
Delany
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books out there for those who want to start and sustain a meditation practice; it is among the top 3 or 4 that I recommend for beginners. I first read it about 12 years ago and just recently picked it up out of my bookshelves to re-read. I was again struck by how well the writer understands the practice of meditation (and the pitfalls and barriers). The author comes from a Tibetan (Vajrayana) perspective, but this manual is broadly applicable to those from other schools of though ...more
Viv
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I am currently reading this book and learning about the pitfalls of trying to meditate. In short, I shouldn't be trying! Rob Nairn resigned as professor of criminology at the University of Cape Town in 1980 to follow his spiritual path which led to the writing of this book. He has training in psychology which has helped him understand the tricks the mind will play in order to obscure our own happiness. A lighthearted and gentle book, well worth reading. ...more
torque
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having tried to begin meditating several times without much success for the last couple of years, I stumbled upon this book, which is giving to someone like me who just can't seem to get it right, some hope and motivation. The author explains things, which to me are abstract or a little "out there" in similar books, in a rational and straightforward way. ...more
Con Robinson
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very practical and philosophical book. It speaks to the soul as well as the body. It has great exercises and explain meditation very well.
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness.
An odyssey that could provide the key to enlightenment and the mystery of our inner self.
A useful tool to help cope with life's volatile moods.
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Nairn's first contact with Buddhism was with a Theravadin monk in the 1960s, and he trained in this tradition for around ten years. From 1989 to 1993 he took part in a four-year isolation retreat at the Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Scotland.

Currently Nairn is the African representative for Akong Rinpoche and is responsible for eleven Buddhist centres in South Africa and three o
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“Another problem arises if we work with technique: we work with something which is manipulating the mind, whereas the purpose of meditation is to release the grasping action of the mind so that the inherently enlightened qualities can manifest.” 0 likes
“This is the order of things then: First, training ourselves to be present in the moment with what is there. Second, developing the attitude of self-acceptance so that whatever arises is OK, thus coming to terms with ourselves. Third, abandoning all goals.” 0 likes
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