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  1. Right Concentration

    Right Concentration

    A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

    • by
    • Leigh Brasington
    The jhānas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhānas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that… Read More

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  2. Thoughts Are Not the Enemy

    Thoughts Are Not the Enemy

    An Innovative Approach to Meditation Practice

    • by
    • Jason Siff
    In most forms of meditation, the meditator is instructed to let go of thoughts as they arise. As a result, thinking is often taken, unnecessarily, to be something misguided or evil. This approach is misguided, says Jason Siff. In fact, if we allow thoughts to arise and become mindful of the thoughts themselves, we gain tranquility and insight just as in other methods without having to reject our natural mental… Read More

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  3. Buddha's Daughters

    Buddha's Daughters

    Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West

    • edited by
    • Andrea Miller,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    Buddhism began to take root in the West at just the same time that women’s voices were arising to find expression here—after millennia of being relegated to the background. If that was a coincidence, it was an auspicious one, for the women who emerged as Buddhist teachers have been among the most articulate of Dharma-communicators—and they remain an indelible feature of Western Buddhism as the practice matures here. The… Read More

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  4. Awakening
  5. Three Steps to Awakening

    Three Steps to Awakening

    A Practice for Bringing Mindfulness to Life

    • by
    • Larry Rosenberg,
    • Laura Zimmerman
    The deceptively simple three-phase method presented here is a meditation practice that can be worked with for a lifetime. Larry Rosenberg looks to Zen, to Insight Meditation, and to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti to find three kinds of meditation that anyone can do and that complement each other in a wonderful way: (1) breath awareness, (2) breath as anchor, and (3) choiceless awareness. … Read More

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  6. The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2013

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod,
    • Editors of the Shambhala Sun
    A thought-provoking collection of the most notable and insightful Buddhism-inspired writing published in the last year: Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision for a more enlightened and sustainable society Ezra Bayda on avoiding the pitfalls that arise on the path of meditation Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s powerful Dzogchen practices that help you to discover your mind’s inherent awareness and clarity… Read More

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  7. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    The Best Buddhist Writing 2012

    • edited by
    • Melvin McLeod
    A treasury of the most notable, profound, and thought-provoking Buddhist-inspired writing published in the last year. The Best Buddhist Writing 2012 includes: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on cultivating a universal ethic of kindness Sharon Salzberg on getting your meditation practice started Pema Chödrön on how to smile at fear The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi… Read More

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  8. Buddhism through American Women's Eyes

    Buddhism through American Women's Eyes

    • by
    • Karma Lekshe Tsomo
    The Buddha's path to human transformation declares women and men equally capable of spiritual realization, yet throughout history most exemplars of this tradition have been men. Now, as Buddhism is transmitted to the West, women are playing a major role in its adaptation and development. The conversation presented here takes place among experienced practitioners from many Buddhist traditions who share their thoughts on the Buddhist outlook, its practical application… Read More

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  9. Living Dharma

    Living Dharma

    Teachings and Meditation Instructions from Twelve Theravada Masters

    • by
    • Jack Kornfield
    In this book, Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia. These renowned teachers offer a rich variety of meditation techniques: the practices include traditional instructions for dissolving the solid sense of self, for awakening insight, for realizing Nirvana, and for cultivating compassion for all beings. Jack Kornfield’s first three chapters give an overview of Buddhist philosophy and, specifically,… Read More

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  10. Living This Life Fully

    Living This Life Fully

    Stories and Teachings of Munindra

    • by
    • Mirka Knaster
    “Whatever you are doing should be done mindfully, dynamically, with totality and completeness. Then it becomes meditation. It is not thinking, but experiencing from moment to moment, living from moment to moment, without clinging, without condemning, without judging.”—Munindra Anagarika Munindra (1915–2003) was a Bengali Buddhist master and scholar who became one of the most important Vipassana meditation teachers of the twentieth century. Unassuming, genuine, and always encouraging, Munindra… Read More

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