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The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience Paperback – January 3, 1996
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About the Author
Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, at Chicago).
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This! ! is a seven star book as is _Emotional Intelligence_.
Things that I liked about the book include the following.
Goleman says that the true context of meditation is spiritual life but he doesn't show religious or political preference in presenting the material.
Some of the historical background of meditation is described.
Details are given for preparation for meditation, the path of concentration, and the path of insight. This information is from the Buddhist point of view but I believe some of it applies to other forms of meditation.
Eleven forms of meditation (paths) are described. They include some that I had heard about and some that I didn't know about. It was good to have a discussion of this variety of approaches in one book
I appreciated the chapter that described the essential unity among all of the paths of meditation.
In the chapter on the psychology of meditation, Goleman describes Eastern and Western psychological constructs and their meaning for meditation practices.
While the book is not inspirational literature, information presented on the benefits of meditation inspired me to look further into the subject.
Goleman cites his sources of information and this creates a valuable list for further reading.
The only regret that I have about the book is that it was published in 1988 and some of the material hasn't been updated for research since twenty years ago. Still, it is the best introduction to meditation that I know of.
If you are looking for reading that will help you solve problems in life, I suggest the books by Albert Ellis such as A Guide to Rational Living.
To take account of at least some of these developments, new material has been added, detailing some of the history of the encounter between meditation, on the one hand, and science and psychotherapeutic traditions on the other.
The Meditative Mind is uneven in tone, but this is to be expected given that it's a compilation of writings. The book is in five parts.
Part One: The Visuddhimagga: A Map for Inner Space
The first chapter, on Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga, gives a comprehensive and useful overview of the sophisticated psychological theory that underpins practice in Theravadin Buddhism. Since I was already familiar with most of this material, I didn't find this chapter particularly engaging. However, the chapter performs its task well, and gives an impressive survey of the Asian tradition's systematic approach to spirituality.Read more ›
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Without question this is the best book I've read on the subject and I've read many of them. I begin every day with a time of meditation and highly recommend everyone do it.
The book is written in an lucid and simple style. You can easily see that the author is an accomplished and enthusiastic meditator. Read morePublished 20 months ago by M Al-Shaer
What an insightful comparison of such different meditative traditions! This was clearly written by someone with sufficient personal experience and insight to get past purely... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Blue Tooth
The single best book on meditation that I have ever read accurately describing both meditation and mindfulness as well as the mental phenomena they create. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Inquisit
I didn't find this book helpful at all. The emotional intelligence books are fantastic. I thought this would be a good supplement, but it wasn't really.Published on April 3, 2014 by Phil
On many accounts, this book is recommended to meditators of various traditions. As pointed out in other reviews, the description of the contrast between concentration and... Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by NK
This book was much too wordy and with too many details that the general reader would rather avoid. It's much too scholarly for a person who wants to be introduced to the world of... Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Joseph W. Nichols
This is my third copy of this book. It keeps wearing out. I keep it by my bed bookcase and read it regularly. Covers a lot of material for a small book. extremely informative. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by anonymous