The New Meditation Handbook: Meditations to Make Our Life Happy and Meaningful

The New Meditation Handbook: Meditations to Make Our Life Happy and Meaningful

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By (author) Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 134mm x 22mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Ulverston
  • ISBN 10: 0954879007
  • ISBN 13: 9780954879006
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 189,349

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Meditations to make our life happy and meaningful: * Presents 21 easy to follow step-by-step meditations * Provides a clear, practical explanation of what meditation is and how to meditate * Shows us how to solve our daily problems through meditation. The New Meditation Handbook is a practical guide to meditation that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our lives more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy. The twenty-one Buddhist meditation practices presented in this book are actual methods to control our mind and experience lasting inner peace. This extremely practical guide is an indispensable handbook for those seeking happiness and meaning in their lives.

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world.

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"Illuminates the enormous potential for peace and happiness within us all." Kathleen Dowling Singh, PhD, psychologist/author; "Geshe Kelsang has a unique gift for simultaneously addressing everyday difficulties - particularly in his useful and inspiring elucidation of how to control anger and practice patience - and bringing into focus the spiritual dimension in which they reverberate." Donna Seaman, Booklist; "A profound illumination of our human experience and our potential for deep inner freedom." Arturo Sanchez, Professor, Columbia University; "This insightful book offers peace of mind in these troubled times. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking happiness or greater meaning in their lives." Thomas Mitchell, Professor/author, Indiana University; 'Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's expert instructions on meditation will help anyone learn the basics of this life-changing art.'- Bookletters

Table of contents

Preface; PART ONE - FOUNDATION: Introduction; What is Meditation?; The Benefits of Meditation; How to Begin Meditation; Background Knowledge Required for Meditation; How to Meditate; PART TWO - THE 21 MEDITATIONS: THE INITIAL SCOPE: 1. Our Precious Human Life; 2. Death and Impermanence; 3. The Dangers of Lower Rebirth; 4. Refuge Practice; 5. Actions and Their Effects; THE INTERMEDIATE SCOPE: 6. Developing Renunciation for Samsara; THE GREAT SCOPE: 7. Developing Equanimity; 8. Recognizing that all Living Beings are our Mothers; 9. Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings; 10. Equalizing Self and Others; 11. The Disadvantages of Self-cherishing; 12. The Advantages of Cherishing Others; 13. Exchanging Self with Others; 14. Great Compassion; 15. Taking; 16. Wishing Love; 17. Giving; 18. Bodhichitta; 19. Tranquil Abiding; 20. Superior Seeing; 21. Relying Upon a Spiritual Guide; A Special Breathing Meditation; A Traditional Meditation on Emptiness; Second Contemplation: Meditation on the Emptiness of the Body; 'Prayers for Meditation'; A Commentary to the Preparatory Practices; Conclusion