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- Publication Date: July 19, 2017
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A Meditation Primer Kindle Edition
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If you feel like too much of your life is chasing thoughts, emotions, reactions, grievances and hopes and fears, and you want to find the "still point" where the stuff that accumulates in life falls away, these instructions can help you. If you are curious about meditation, but not interested in heavily "religious" practices (because you aren't religious or already have your own path) this book can help you (and won't make you feel like you have to become someone or something else before you use it). But if you are a committed Zen or other Buddhist practitioner and want to refresh your meditation practice with some bracing clarity, this book can also help you get back to fundamentals. To use this book most effectively you need some time and a place to sit still - no fancy accessories, memberships or conversions are required.
Sokuzan is a true hidden gem of Buddhist practice in the West. He's studied, and practiced meditation, with groundbreaking first generation teachers Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Kobun Chino Roshi and the power of the Tibtetan and Japanese Zen practices are distilled into The Meditation Primer in a user-friendly way. You don't have to understand Vajrayana philosophy or have read Dogen's works in Japanese to use The Meditation Primer but the foundation concepts of awareness, attention, study of the mind, and fresh experience of each moment are the basis of each Instruction. And if you are very deeply into reading and studying, the Primer is still useful as a way to get back to the basics of sitting and watching the mind.
I have both hard copy and Kindle versions of this book, it's that useful.
To have the opportunity to carry such guidance in my pocket, wherever I go, is pure magic.
Sokuzan is my teacher, and I recommend him and his guidance highly. I've studied many Zen books, and received other Zen meditation teachings. I qualified as a Zen meditation teacher, but when it comes to my own sitting, Sokuzan's Meditation Primer is all I need to point me to the right sitting attitude.
In a nutshell: “Face the wall.”
May your sitting go well.
1. I read before I meditate and 2. I use it when I teach meditation to others.
I would highly recommend this collection of awareness wisdom to anyone interested in meditation - at any level.