Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this authoritative and inspiring book, he sets out to answer these questions. Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us
The Art of Meditation
Author: Joel S. Goldsmith
Many books have been written about inward prayer, or meditation, but Joel Goldsmith’s classic, The Art of Meditation, presents meditation not as a theory, but as a joyous and rewarding experience. The book begins with these words: “Most men and women are convinced that there is a divine Power of some sort operating in human affairs, but they are not sure what it is, nor do they know how to bring this divine Presence and Power into daily experience.” In The Art of Meditation, Goldsmith shows the reader the way, and it is through meditation. Goldsmith says that on the whole, the world has no knowledge of God as the living Power and Presence with Whom we are one. If it did, its anguish, wars, sin, and death would vanish. But, he says, individuals can learn the nature of God and how to contact God. He writes: “Christ buried in the tomb of the mind will not come forth and do works, but Christ risen in our consciousness, Christ raised from the tomb through meditation and communion – that is the miracle worker of the ages.” The Art of Meditation explains how this inner Presence, also called “the Christ,” can be realized and can operate in daily life. While many people pray for the purpose of getting something, Goldsmith explains that we should enter meditation without ulterior motive: “Any meditation that has within itself a single trace of a desire to get something from God or to acquire something through God is no longer meditation.” He presents meditation as a turning within and listening. At some moment in that quietude, when human thought is stilled and the noise of human living is hushed, the God-experience comes in. The Art of Meditation gives the reader careful instructions about how to undertake the beautiful spiritual practice of daily meditation. Goldsmith says that the purpose of this book is “to help students practice the art of meditation by which the Word takes root, so that they come into an actual awareness, an actual consciousness of living in the Spirit.” The object is to reach the state of consciousness revealed by Paul: “I live yet not I, Christ liveth my life." Then God appears as the wholeness, the abundance, the harmony, the peace, and the joy of our experience. One of the best known volumes of Goldsmith's work, The Art of Meditation is one of the four foundational books in the Infinite Way teachings.
The Joy of Meditating
Author: Salle Merrill Redfield
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
In this inspiring book, Salle Merrill Redfield guides you through four brief meditations. Each celebrates nature as a revered path to self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment, leading you on a satisfying mental journey.
How to Meditate
Author: John Novak
Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers
Concise handbook explains the science of meditation, from Patanjali's philosophy and Yogananda's methods, to step-by-step practice routines and yogic breathing tips.
The Art of Meditation
Author: Robert Elias Najemy
Publisher: Robert Najemy
The Art of Meditation presents a step-by-step guide on how to meditate. Extremely clear and easily employable, it touches on all aspects of the philosophy and psychology of meditation. This book has already guided thousands through the often confusing path of inner awareness and contact with our inner power and wisdom. The wide variety of meditative techniques allows the reader to choose the one that suits him or her most. The scope, wisdom and ability to foresee the readers questions and problems are the result of the author's 30 years of experience in this field.
A Tibetan lama and leader of a global meditation network explains how the sport of running can be turned into a spiritual practice. By the author of Ruling Your World. 30,000 first printing.
Explores the remarkable role bees play in keeping wildlife thriving and cultivated crops blooming. It combines practical beekeeping information with the environmental and spiritual lessons we can learn from the bees. Meditations based on Buddhist practice help you experience the simple pleasure of the natural world.
Discover the restorative power of mandala meditation Relax your body, calm your mind, and promote overall well-being with The Art of Mandala Meditation. This gorgeous collection features inspirational instruction and more than eighty colorful mandala illustrations that will help you find the comfort, healing, or inspiration you've been seeking. With these mesmerizing designs, you'll finally be able to ease your mind and free yourself from the obstacles that keep you from achieving inner peace. This book also includes customizable blank mandalas to further your meditation and guide you even deeper into tranquility. This beautiful volume is a must-have for anyone looking to live a more balanced life.
Zen Art for Meditation
Author: Stewart W. Holmes, Chimyo Horioka
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
This book is about emptiness and silence—the mind-expanding emptiness of Zen painting, and the reverberating silence of haiku poetry. Through imaginative participation in the visions of painters and poets, its readers are led to the realization that, in the author's words, "emptiness, silence, is not nothingness, but fullness. Your fullness." This cultural tradition has informed many distinguished lives and works of art. The work of painters like Niten, Liang K'ai, and Toba, and of painters like Basho, Buson, and Issa reflects the wholeness, spontaneity, and humanity of the Zen vision. Those who desire a glimpse into the world of intuitive contact with nature offered by Zen meditation will find these paintings, commentaries, and haiku poems especially rewarding. They enable the reader to experience the unique power of Zen art—it's capacity to fuse esthetic appreciation, personal intuition, and knowledge of life into one creative event.
The Art of Living
Author: William Hart
This is the classic introduction to Vipassana meditation: a full-length study of the teaching of S. N. Goenka, prepared under his guidance and with his approval. Useful for meditators and non-meditators alike.This was the first book to appear in English that accurately describes the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. It includes stories by Goenkaji as well as answers to students' questions that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.
The Heart of Meditation
Author: The Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
The heart of meditation—the thing that brings it alive—is compassion. Without that essential foundation, other practices are pointless. Fortunately, the mind can be trained in compassion, and the mind thus trained with the qualities of love, empathy, kindness, and respect for others is ready for the practice of the Great Completeness (Dzogchen), which is considered the pinnacle of spiritual practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama here teaches the Great Completeness simply but thoroughly, using as his reference a visionary poem by the nineteenth-century master Patrul Rinpoche to show that insight can never be separated from compassion. Through practice of the Great Completeness, we can access our innermost awareness and live our lives in a way that acknowledges it and manifests it. The wisdom and compassion that arise from such insight are critical, His Holiness teaches, not only to individual progress in meditation but to our collective progress toward peace in the world.
The Art of Meditation and the French Renaissance Love Lyric examines the poetics of meditation in the French love lyric at the height of the Lyonnais Renaissance as illustrated by one of the country's most prominent writers. Maurice Scève's Délie is the first French sequence of poems devoted to a single woman in the manner of Petrarch's Rime. It is also the first Renaissance work to use emblems in a sustained work on love. At their core, most amatory lyrics involve a triple relation among lover, beloved, and the meaning of love. Whether the poet-lover is a man or woman, poetic discourse generally takes the form of an interior monologue frequently intermingled with direct and indirect address to the beloved. Though the dominant quality of this lyric is personal introspection, Michael Giordano finds Délie to be consistent with traditions of Christian meditation. He argues that the amatory lyric served as a vehicle for contests of value and paradigm change not only because it was conditioned both by sacred and profane sources, but also because it occurred at a time of religious upheaval and scientific revolution.