BUDDHIST MEDITATION AN ANTHOLOGY OF TEXTS FROM THE PALI CANON

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Buddhist Meditation

Author : Sarah Shaw
ISBN : 9781134242023
Genre : Religion
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Meditative practice lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. This introductory anthology gives a representative sample of the various kinds of meditations described in the earliest body of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It provides a broad introduction to their traditional context and practice and supplies explanation, context and doctrinal background to the subject of meditation. The main themes of the book are the diversity and flexibility of the way that the Buddha teaches meditation from the evidence of the canon. Covering fundamental features of Buddhist practice such as posture, lay meditation, and meditative technique it provides comments both from the principal early commentators on Buddhist practice, Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and from reputable modern meditation teachers in a number of Theravadin traditions. This is the first book on Pali Buddhism which introduces the reader to the wide range of the canon. It demonstrates that the Buddha's meditative tradition still offers a path of practice as mysterious, awe-inspiring yet as freshly accessible as it was centuries ago, and will be of interest to students and scholars of Buddhism as well as Buddhist practitioners.
Category: Religion

Introduction To Buddhist Meditation

Author : Sarah Shaw
ISBN : 0415408997
Genre : Religion
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Sarah Shaw's lively introduction to Buddhist meditation offers students and practitioners alike a deeper understanding of what meditation is, and its purpose and place in the context of different Buddhist schools. She describes the historical background to the geographical spread of Buddhism, and examines the way in which some meditative practices developed as this process occurred. Other chapters cover basic meditative practice, types of meditation, meditation in different regions, meditation and doctrine, and the role of chanting within meditation. Although not a practical guide, An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation outlines the procedures associated with Buddhist practices and suggests appropriate activities, useful both for students and interested Buddhists. Vivid quotations from Buddhist texts and carefully selected photographs and diagrams help the reader engage fully with this fascinating subject. Sarah Shaw teaches for the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and practises with the Samatha Association of Britain. She is the translator of Buddhist Meditation: An Anthology of Texts from the Pali Canon (Routledge 2006). Georgios Halkias is Visiting Associate Researcher at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.
Category: Religion

The Meditative Way

Author : Roderick S. Bucknell
ISBN : 070070678X
Genre : Philosophy
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Buddhist meditation, while attracting less popular attention than some other meditative disciplines, has given rise to a particularly rich literature in recent years. Despite differences in style and terminology, these modern writings on Buddhist meditation serve much the same purposes as did the manuals and commentaries of the classical masters: to explicate and interpret the Buddha's teachings on meditation, to clarify the nature and value of the various meditative techniques and attainments, and/or to offer advice on the actual practice of meditation. Meditators are increasingly inclined to compare and evaluate critically what the different contemporary meditation masters have to say, to weigh up the results of relevant scientific studies, or to consult translations of the primary texts in search of the Buddha's 'original' teachings on meditation. Writers on meditation are also increasingly adopting an appropriately critical approach, particularly as regards the reliability of textual accounts. Relatively few still commit the old error of assuming that the Pali canon is a complete and faithful record of what the Buddha said on the subject, or that the classical commentators were infallible authorities. The present collection of twenty-eight readings is designed to give meditators, researchers, and general readers ready access to representative samples of those writings, and to the principal relevant texts.
Category: Philosophy

A Companion To Buddhist Philosophy

Author : Steven M. Emmanuel
ISBN : 9781119144663
Genre : Philosophy
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"Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications"--
Category: Philosophy

In The Buddha S Words

Author : Bodhi
ISBN : 9780861714919
Genre : Philosophy
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The works of the Buddha can feel vast, and it is sometimes difficult for even longtime students to know where to look, especially since the Buddha never explicitly defined the framework behind his teachings. Designed to provide just such a framework, In the Buddha's Words is an anthology of the Buddha's works that has been specifically compiled by a celebrated scholar and translator. For easy reference, the book is arrayed in ten thematic sections ranging from "The Human Condition" to "Mastering the Mind" to "The Planes of Realization." Each section comes with introductions, notes, and essays to help beginners and experts alike draw greater meaning from the Buddha's words. The book also features a general introduction by the author that fully lays out how and why he has arranged the Buddha's teachings in this volume. This thoughtful compilation is a valuable resource for both teachers and those who want to read the Buddha on their own.
Category: Philosophy

Fundamental View

Author : Alexander Duncan
ISBN : 9781304562524
Genre : Religion
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Fundamental View is a series of talks presented to the members of the Buddha Center in the summer and fall of 2013. Fundamental View weaves together the suttas of the Buddha into an original philosophical essay that seeks to explore early Buddhist thought by means of a close analysis of the texts, meticulously thought out yet holistically interpreted. Fundamental View explores universal underlying patterns of meaning that are difficult to discount and cast valuable light on how Buddhist thought originated, from a perspective that is open-minded yet lucidly critical and critically relevant. Also available in hardcover.
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The Heart Of Buddhist Meditation

Author : Nyanaponika Thera
ISBN : 9789552401008
Genre : Buddhism
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In print for more than fifty years and translated into some ten languages, Nyanaponika Thera’s The Heart of Buddhist Meditation has attained the stature of a modern spiritual classic. Combining deep personal insight with the power of clear exposition, the author guides the reader into the essential principles making up the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness. Besides offering a lucid account of the basic practices of insight meditation, the book contains a complete translation of the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s own instructions on the practice. “A work of unique importance ... written with great depth, extraordinary knowledge, deep humanity... I do not know of any book which could be compared to this work as a guide to meditation.” Erich Fromm
Category: Buddhism

An Introduction To Buddhism

Author : Peter Harvey
ISBN : 9780521859424
Genre : Religion
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Extensively revised and updated, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Buddhism in Asia and the West.
Category: Religion