A Review Of The Popular Buddhist Meditation Book


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Have you ever considered trying Buddhist meditation for beginners but did not know how to begin? With bestselling Meditation for Beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield teaches you how easy it is to begin – and stay with – a daily, in-the-moment meditation practice. In this helpful guide, Kornfield will show you the basic principles of Buddhist meditation, as well as offering techniques to make meditation easier. By the end of this book, you will have a deeper understanding of what meditation really is, why it is important and how to put it into practice. 

This book will help you discover the power of mindful eating, as well as introduce you to the benefits of using mantra meditation. As well as treating the physical body, the Buddha believed that meditation could benefit your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. After he became a Buddha, meditation techniques became the most essential part of his teachings. This book covers the basics of Buddhist meditation techniques, which you can use right away.

The Relationship Between The Body, The Mind, And The Spirit

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The focus of the book is to introduce meditators to the basic principles of Buddhist meditation. The emphasis is on learning to understand the relationship between the body, the mind, and the spirit. Meditators will learn how to harness their power in order to overcome the influences of the ego and the forces of desire. They will also gain insight into the true nature of reality and how to find peacefulness and inner happiness. The book ends with ten meditations that can be practiced daily.

Meditation in itself is not a complicated practice. However, Buddhist meditation techniques involve more than just focusing your mind. Buddhist teachings stress that meditation should lead to self-awareness, so that you can begin to understand your own mind and feelings. For instance, you might begin by examining your reactions to stressful situations. Then you can use this information to help you change your reactions to other situations later on.

Designed To Foster Self-Study And Self-Healing

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Buddhist meditation techniques are designed to foster self-study and self-healing. As the book explains, your current life experiences may be causing emotional travails that are preventing you from finding peace and harmony. You may be stuck in a rut of self-destructive behavior, repeating harmful habits, and denying yourself the joy and happiness that others enjoy. 

This book teaches you how to break out of your negative pattern by examining your mind and emotions. Then you can create new habits, develop positive emotions, and take on your responsibilities for yourself and others. Once you have made some progress, you can even turn your meditation time into a time for reflection and self-exploration.

Traditional Buddhism’s View Of Meditation

Part two of the book examines traditional Buddhism’s view of meditation. Although the book does not entirely cover the topic, the introduction offers an overview of the history and development of Buddhist meditation and what it means today. The book concludes with a discussion of some contemporary issues related to Buddhist meditation. This part of the book will help you gain some perspective on the world of meditation as it has come and gone throughout history.

Part three looks at a few basic elements of Buddhist meditation practices. These include the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood – and the requisites, or characteristics, of each element. You will also learn about the practice of Dharani, which focuses on developing the mind through meditative exercises. This book will help you get a better understanding of Dharani meditation and enhance your skills as a practitioner.

Conclusion

The book concludes with a short chapter examining ethical issues in Buddhist meditation. The author rightly points out that most Buddhist teachings stress the sanctity of the Buddha and that non-believers can still be able to reach enlightenment. However, the ethical guidelines in the book remind you not to base your ethical code on your understanding of the teachings of the Buddha. While this book is not the most detailed, it provides a good intro to the topic of Buddhist meditation.

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