How To Meditate

How To Meditate

A Practical Guide To Making Friends With Your Mind

Book - 2013
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***How to Meditate Has Been Named One of Library Journal''s Best Books of 2013***

Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.

When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That''s why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate , the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way.

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness The Seven Delights-how moments of diffi culty can become doorways to awakening and love Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation
Here is in indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over.

"Pema is one of our most beloved and helpful teachers--practical, compassionate, and wise. How to Meditate is a great way to take her teachings to heart and develop a meditation practice."
--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and A Lamp in the Darkness

"This new book is a great compilation of meditation instruction which she has personal given to many of her students over the years. These instructions have brought so much help to others that it has made her one of the most loved and revered Buddhist teacher in this modern world. With a brilliant mind and an absolutely cheerful attitude toward life, she practices what she teaches. She is a great support and friend to thousands of readers, and I am very sure that this book will help many in their everyday lives, as she makes this genuine attempt to reach us all."
--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche


The mind is very wild. The human experience is full of unpredictability and paradox, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. We can''t escape any of these experiences in the vast terrain of our existence. It is part of what makes life grand--and it is also why our minds take us on such a crazy ride. If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed amid whatever life brings us.

There are numerous ways to work with the mind. One of the most effective ways is through the tool of sitting meditation. Sitting meditation opens us to each and every moment of our life. Each moment is totally unique and unknown. Our mental world is seemingly predictable and graspable. We believe that thinking through all the events and to-dos of our life will provide us with ground and security. But it''s all a fantasy, and this very moment, free of conceptual overlay, is completely unique. It is absolutely unknown. We''ve never experienced this very moment before, and the next moment will not be the same as the one we are in now. Meditation teaches us how to relate to life directly, so that we can truly experience the present moment, free from conceptual overlay.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Technique of Meditation
Preparing for Practice and Making the Commitment Stabilizing the Mind The Six Points of Posture Breath: The Practice of Letting Go Attitude: Keep Coming Back Unconditional Friendliness You Are Your Own Meditation Instructor Part Two: Working With Thoughts
The Monkey Mind The Three Levels of Discursive Thought Thoughts as the Object of Meditation Regard All Dharmas as Dreams
Part Three: Working With Emotions

Becoming Intimate with Our Emotions The Space within the Emotion Emotions as the Object of Meditation Getting Our Hands Dirty Hold the Experience Breaking with the Emotion Drop the Story and Find the Feeling
Part Four: Working with Sense Perception

The Sense Perceptions The Interconnection of All Perceptions
Part Five: Opening Your Heart to Include Everything
Giving Up the Struggle The Seven Delights The Bearable Lightness of Being Beliefs Relaxing with Groundlessness Create a Circle of Practitioners Cultivate a Sense of Wonder The Way of the Bodhisattva
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, 2013
ISBN: 9781604079333
Branch Call Number: 294.34435
Characteristics: viii, 175 pages ;,21 cm


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Sep 26, 2015

It is indeed practical and answers a lot of questions, but not all, that I have about meditation. It also breaks certain illusions: that you will find yourself in permanent peace or at least a "better" place. Excellent beginner to advanced guide.

Sep 04, 2014

Most excellent. Written with sensitivity and clarity, this book is much more than a guide on how to meditate, but also why we meditate: to develop a sharp awareness, to awaken to life, and cultivate love and kindness. For me, it answered the questions, what is enlightenment, and how can we use meditation to reach it.

Dec 27, 2013

A must read guide for those who struggle with meditation and monkey mind. I found this most helpful and an easy read.

Mitsouko1 Nov 22, 2013

Pema Chodron's work is amazing and inspirational. However, in the long run, it can be challenging to the point of being discouraging to some people. You might want to read a variety of books on the subject of meditation before you commit to one particular style or philosophy.


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Dec 27, 2013

We meditate in order to remove the root of suffering. Getting to the root of suffering begins with the returning to the present moment, with coming back to the breath. This is where expansion can occur. ... The present moment you will find is limitless.


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