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About the Author

SUSAN PIVER is an author, meditation instructor, and founder of the virtual mindfulness community, the Open Heart Project. She has taught thousands of people how to meditate. Her books include How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and the New York Times bestseller The Hard Questions. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and other national television programs in connection with her books. She leads workshops and retreats around the world.

Sakyong Mipham is the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is spiritual director of Shambhala International, a network of meditation and retreat centers. He writes a regular column in the Shambhala Sun, he is the author of the best-selling Turning the Mind into an Ally, and he regularly offers retreats and workshops throughout the world. Sakyong Mipham is the eldest son of Chogyam Trungpa, who was instrumental in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He is also an avid marathon runner and golfer, and he has been named one of the thirty global visionaries of our time by Planet magazine.

Tulku Thondup was born in East Tibet and trained from childhood at the famed Dodrupchen Monastery. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1980 to 1983. Since then, he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he writes and translates under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. His books include The Healing Power of Mind and Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth.

Larry Rosenberg is founder and guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death.

Sharon Salzberg cofounded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In addition to "Real Happiness", she is the author of eight other books, including the bestsellers "Lovingkindness" and "Faith". A teacher for 40 years, she has been a contributing editor at "O, The Oprah Magazine" and has written for "Time", "Real Simple", "Good Housekeeping", "Self", "Yoga Journal", "More", and others. She divides her time between Barre, Massachusetts, home of the IMS, and New York City.

SUSAN PIVER is an author, meditation instructor, and founder of the virtual mindfulness community, the Open Heart Project. She has taught thousands of people how to meditate. Her books include How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and the New York Times bestseller The Hard Questions. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and other national television programs in connection with her books. She leads workshops and retreats around the world.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Har/Com edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Bono on August 1, 2010
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Abe Lincoln once said that: "We are just about as happy as we allow ourselves to be.". This little book explores the same idea, reminding readers that the mental attitude of tranquility, requires steady discipline and practice. For a long while, I thought meditation was about the release from the "static" of one's own thought, good and bad. But the author in her selections, reminded me that meditation is more about attaining a lighter and accepting attitude towards them. There is a difference. Susan Piver provides a kind and gentle reminder that we can learn to become the change we seek...in ourselves and in the world. For this alone, her work is a both a beginner's....and a Buddhist master might say, a master's....thesis on how to approach this goal.

The book is accompanied by a CD...which elucidates six practices culled by the author from Buddhist experience: mindfulness, tranquility, clear seeing, freedom, compassion, and transformation. It's a good review for those experienced in meditation, and a great introduction for the curious.
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I am grateful for becoming re-acquainted with the meditative techniques in A Quiet Mind. They are, altogether a blessing. As a Christian, I am not a Buddhist by religion, nor can anyone claim that simply by jumping into the stream of meditation, although I do accept many, many theories which they hold sacred. When I began this meditation cd, I found the first three practices slightly uncomfortable; sensations arose in my body. When negative emotions arise, I am now aware that I must face them with a brave heart before they can be transformed. Yet I am also sometimes quite able to sit comfortably, and sit peacefully and transform negative emotions or memories through a process such as tong len or clear seeing. When thoughts arise, in training the mind, "thinking, thinking, thinking," I simply step into the stream and feel peaceful again as if a cloud has passed the river of consciousness. During the second meditation, paying attention to the natural flow of the breath as well as non-judgmental thinking helps to lead us to liberation.
I particularly enjoyed the Metta meditation which helped enable me to forgive. The favorite is Tong Len. The flow of the breath through my body seems to be a sort of transformation. Once I have completed the practice, I feel liberated of any negative emotions and compassionate, as if someone has opened a window to my heart and soul.
The Dalai Llama said: if one is seriously practicing, then one must not practice only for his/her own gain, but for the gain of all sentient beings without one exclusion.
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I looked all over for a good book on meditation and I found this at my local library. Since then, I have given it as a gift to three different people and will continue to gift it. The introduction dispells many common misunderstandings about eastern meditation practices and sets the mood perfectly. Each of the six teachers gives a concise and illuminating explanation of the method and goals of their practice and the CD that is included is great for your first few times until you get the hang of it. Also, you don't have to be Buddhist to enjoy and practice these methods of meditation and you don't have to like all six practices! Just choose one or two that make sense to you! And the Yoga lesson at the end of the CD is perfect for getting you in the right frame of mind for a good 20 to 30 minute session.
Personally, I do a little yoga, set a timer for 20-25 minutes, and light some incense before my practice. I sit in my favorite position and open with a five minute Metta practice (explained in this book) then settle in to Vipassana (also in this book) until the timer goes off. This accomplishes three things for me. It expands my feelings of good will toward people in my life, helps me learn to be in and enjoy the present no matter what it is, and helps me really intimately know myself. Additionally, I get to experience moments of joy and clarity.
Highly recommended!!!
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I've always wanted to try meditation and thought the variety of teaching and teachers would make it interesting. Indeed. Even though the CD totaled 78 minutes, it went by like a...breeze, especially for me, a busy-spark-minded beginner. The yoga poses/recording is immensely helpful for a non-yoga practitioner too. I felt refreshed and relaxed after this CD. Now I am ready for the day! The wisdom in this small book is helpful as well.
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A comaprison of different forms of meditation. Zen, Vipassana, etc. Very nice intro with guided meditations. Helpful for someone like me who is not sure which path to follow.
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I have been wanting to practice meditation for a long time. Didn't have much idea as how to start. Bought this book to get some enlightenment on the topic and it has served me well. First, I read all of the book and the introductions to each type of meditation. Then I listened and tried to follow each meditation (one different meditation each day). There were some that I didn't find so interesting when reading about them, but more compelling once I sat down and practiced them with the CD. The book is really a basic introduction to each type of meditation, however, it's value lays in the fact that it allows you to try several different types and find the one that suits you most (though I should confess that I am thorn in between three). If you are wondering where to start this book is perfect for you.
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