Buddhist Meditation: Tranquillity, Imagination and Insight by Kamalashila

By Kamalashila

First released in 1991, this ebook has turn into confirmed as a accomplished consultant to the idea and techniques of Buddhist meditation, supplying a whole advent for newbies in addition to certain suggestion for knowledgeable meditators trying to deepen their practice.

With this 3rd variation Kamalashila has incorporated new sections at the value of the mind's eye, on simply Sitting, and on refection at the Buddha. there's additionally new fabric on sadhana—including much less formal, extra experimental how you can hook up with the residing fact of the woke up mind—on mindfulness, and at the stability required among energetic and receptive techniques in meditation.

Writing in a casual, available kind, Kamalashila attracts specific suggestion from the good Theravadin commentator Buddhaghosa, from Zhiyi—the preeminent grasp of the chinese language Tien-t’ai School—and specially from the Buddha. the result's a pragmatic instruction manual, whole with trouble-shooting publications to the areas your perform could take you. it's also an exploration of the last word goal of Buddhist meditation: heightened understanding, precise happiness and—ultimately—liberating perception into the character of reality.

Kamalashila has been instructing meditation considering the fact that 1976. He has constructed methods to meditation perform which are obtainable to humans within the modern global whereas being firmly grounded within the Buddhist culture.

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Like a softly glowing lamp, spiritual practice brings to light marvellous qualities previously obscured by confused emotions and attitudes. Gradually the obstacles to our freedom show themselves and start to dissolve: confusion is displaced by clarity, ignorance by wisdom and negative emotion by positive emotion. In this way, meditation and mindfulness gradually transform our whole life in the great transformation mapped out over the course of this book. A systematic overview of meditation principles Before beginning Chapter 1, I would like to offer an overview of meditation principles that we can refer to as we go on.

Indeed, you can aim for a certain inner harmony straight away in meditation. Initially your work will be in strengthening your ability to engage your attention, so that you can become fully absorbed in what you are focusing on. Many factors are involved in giving attention. Some people have a greater natural ability; others’ attention is more scattered. It is also easier to concentrate in particular situations and at different times of day: external circumstances and emotional pressures all make a difference.

12: Overarching backwards Fig. 13: Slumping forwards Fig. 14: Direction of spine, chest, shoulders, and arms Fig. 15: Position of head Fig. 16: Soft floor covering to protect knees and ankles Fig. 17: Padding supporting raised knee Fig. 18: Padding supporting hands and knee Fig. 19: Blanket for warmth Preface to the third edition This is a completely rewritten edition of the original Meditation: The Buddhist Way of Tranquillity and Insight, published in 1992. When I started the project in the mid-1980s, meditation and Buddhism were hardly known about in the general population, and certainly not widely practised as they are today.

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