A Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation

by Paramananda

Buddhism is based on the truth that, with effort, we can change the way we are. But how? Among the many methods that Buddhism has to offer, meditation is the most direct. It is the art of getting to know one’s own mind and learning to encourage what is best in us.

This straightforward and imaginative book focuses on two Buddhist meditation practices — Mindfulness of Breathing, the bedrock of all meditation practice, and the Metta Bhavana, which gradually nurtures in us an unshakeable confidence and a warm concern for the welfare of others. It deals fully with the practical aspects of meditation, including how to maintain a regular practice and how to deal with any difficulties that arise.

This is an accessible and thorough guide, based on traditional material but written in a light and modern style. Colorfully illustrated with anecdotes and tips from the author’s experience as a meditator and teacher, it also offers refreshing inspiration to seasoned meditators.

To take up meditation is to introduce a powerful force for change into your life. If you change your mind then the world changes too. Meditation can be the beginning of life’s greatest adventure.

“Inspiring, calming and friendly.” — Here’s Health

Paperback, 208 pages with black and white photographs
January 1996
List Price: $17.95

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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.
The Buddha

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