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The Meditator's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques Paperback – June 25, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000713309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133093
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,334,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dr. Fontana's sincerity, enormous depth of both scholarship and practice of meditation all combine to make this book a beautiful companion for meditators at any stage of their spiritual journey.' Dr. Michael West, author of The Psychology of Meditation

About the Author

David Fontana is a psychologist who holds posts at the University of Wales and the University of Minho, Portugal. For over 25 years he has studied Eastern and Western religions, meditation, dreams, psychotherapy and other techniques for spiritual and psychological development. His many books on psychology and personal growth have been translated into 21 languages.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gordon A Walter on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book several years ago and found it a bit confusing and even overwhelming at first. Still, it was enciclopediac and avoided the pedantry of the typical college textbook.
I recently reread the whole book (Now that I have made some progress in my own mental development and have re-read sections)and really appreciate what the author accomplished. It is a great book.....balancing comprehensiveness with personal insight, opinion and guidance. It gives enough cultural/religious context that the reader can see how the meditative technique "fits" into a philosophy of life.
Near the end the author suggests some key religious writings of relatively modern Hindus. I followed-up on this into an area that has always been overwheliming complex and confusing to me. As a result, I found a key jewel in the tradition and am greatful to the author (Fontana. That is one reason for my writing this review. The author deserves it for being a good guide to higher consciouness.
I am currently buying multiple copies for friends. It is that good as an overview.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction of the different practices in meditation. Some topics covered are shamanism, christian mysticism, the kabbalah, yoga, koans, zazen, kundalini, visualization and tai chi. The book first gives culture information, and then goes on to explain the meditation technique. I like the way the book describes the meditation process of each tradition - of course this is a highly subjective area, but good nevertheless. It attempts to explain what exactly you are to think about when you are meditating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Cole on August 30, 2009
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If you have any interest in meditation, I can't think of a better place to start. This is one of my essentials, always kept handy, full of practical exercises and tips, yet with enough time spent on the experience of meditation, to encourage your own practice. Really, just perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author covers all the important elements for the beginner on the art of meditation, clearly and to the point. Very useful inrtuctions.
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