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How to Meditate: A Practical Guide Paperback – October 3, 2005
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"Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book has jewels of wisdom and practical experience to inspire you. Kathleen McDonald comes from a long and trustworthy lineage of teachings. In How to Meditate, she shares the best of what she has received." (Richard Gere)
"This book is as beautifully simple and direct as its title." (Yoga Today)
"Written for the person who may not have the opportunity to seek personal instruction." (Circles)
"Kathleen McDonald's intelligent and carefully written book informs us... we can feel the meditative enthusiasm and experience of the author seeping through the words." (The Middle Way)
"Simple, direct, and complete." (The Wisconsin Bookwatch)
"A wealth of practical advice..." (MLBD Newsletter)
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nun in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism (the same as the Dali Lama). So you will be taught to meditate in the same way that the Dali Lama meditates! She does try to cover all schools of meditation. But she still teaches primarily Tibetan. And
her meditations are mainly Gelugpa. What is so wonderful about this book is that it is for beginners. But intermediates like
me can learn so much from it as well. And for advanced practioners, I have no doubt that they can learn a thing or two as well. You will find out how to sit. When to sit. How long to sit. How to pick out a certain meditation. Dealing with problems frequently encountered in meditation. How to deal
with negative problems such as depression, anger, and anxiety.
Nevertheless, I would only recommend this book to people who think they might want to practice in the Tibetan tradition. Or
for people who want to practice Buddhist meditation but don't care what tradition they practice in. This is really a great and helpful book. Thank you.
I also want to comment on the warmth with which McDonald has crafted this text. She writes with great simplicity, yet she manages to impart a great deal of valuable and sophisticated information. If a book can be described as being " friendly ", that would certainly apply here. Clearly interested in creating a book that in no way intimidates or overwhelms, her approach is gentle and reassuring. This is a wonderful book!
It starts with the very basic (but very effective) way of meditation and then progresses through the book to more in depth meditations covering many different ideas to meditate on.
I highly recommend this book to the beginners in meditation and also to the more experienced.
I apologize to those of you who are spiritual, but I just can't sit through a book that starts from the sutras and then uses meditation as a means to that end. It means nothing to me. 'How to Meditate,' while coming from the Mahayana and Theravada traditions, starts with solid practical advice on how to meditate - best positions, what a session should be like, how to breathe, common problems, and visualization.
The second part of the book consists of different subjects for meditation such as 'Meditation on Compassion and Tonglen (Giving and Taking),' 'Meditation on Love,' and 'Dealing with Negative Energy.' These also include subjects such as 'Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Buddhas' which are of little interest to me except culturally, but even an atheist should recognize the usefulness of considering and dealing with your negative energy: 'The methods explained in this chapter are practical ways of dealing with attachment, anger, depression, and fear.'
The is the only book on the shelf besides Meditation for Dummies which I would wholeheartedly recommend for aspiritual people like myself. It's considered a classic in the field for good reason.
Yes, the book does offer instructions on how to meditate. And she does so in a very down to earth, accessible way. Plain language, and a very direct "how-to" that is missing from many other meditation intro books. How to sit, what to do with your eyes, hands, etc., what strange thoughts or distractions may occur and how to address these problems when they happen, and more. But there is SO much more to the book that I never would have discovered based on the title or even the description, and it's that other content that makes me especially happy. The first two chapters cover the how-to basics for the most part. The rest of the book is mostly specific Tibetan Meditations; meditations on the mind, analytical meditations, and visual meditations. Then another entire section on specific Tibetan prayers and other devotional practices.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and guide for meditators, very detail explanation of how to do meditation.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reading this book has been a real inspiration. I have a better knowledge of how to properly meditate and i like how it teachings me different ways to meditate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by danraoul
One of the books recommended by the FPMT, and part of their online Buddhism class on Discovering Buddhism at Home. Authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachers. FPMT.orgPublished 10 months ago by Joyce
Kathleen McDonald's 'How to Meditate' is an immensely useful, exceedingly helpful guide to help with establishing a regular meditation practice in order to transform the mind.Published 13 months ago by JellybeanIcecream
This gave me an excellent explanation of theory and practice of meditating. Wonderfully inspiring texts explaining the need for meditation and how different types of meditation... Read morePublished 13 months ago by TRAPANI Andrew
Excellent guide for beginners and mid-level practitioners as well. Lists basics of many different meditations and discusses how to use them.Published 15 months ago by Ed Krizek