Advice in regards to meditation & books.

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Advice in regards to meditation & books.

Postby Mission235 » Mon May 27, 2013 6:50 pm

I'm very new to Buddhism but so much of what I read about it just resonates so much to me & I see no error in it at all. I'm in the beginning stages of my journey & I wanted to know what would be a great book for somebody this new to Buddhism to read? Also I haven't meditated in a little while & I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on how to slowly improve & increase how much I meditate...I'm very open to all techniques! Thanks in advance to anyone who gives their time by responding!
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Re: Advice in regards to meditation & books.

Postby Ben » Mon May 27, 2013 9:06 pm

Greetings,

There should be no shortage of recommended reading in the "Introductory Resources" thread in the Discovering Theravada forum.
Have a look through that thread and see what piques your interest.
A modern classic on Theravada and meditation is Mahathera Nyanaponika's "Heart of Buddhist Meditation".
As far as meditation: it might be worthwhile investigating local groups in your area: http://www.buddhanet.net
Personally, I recommend that you also investigate residential meditation retreats if you have the time and means. Many of them are designed to get one established in the foundations of practice and give you an opportunity to develop some depth of practice. My own tradition offers ten-day courses on a purely volitional donation basis.
All the best,

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Re: Advice in regards to meditation & books.

Postby K.Dhamma » Mon May 27, 2013 11:09 pm

:twothumbsup: Ben hit the nail on the head. Only thing I will say to you about beginning meditation is...do it when you do feel like it and do it when you don't feel like it. Make sure you stick to somewhat of a routine (15 min. morning and 15 min. night for example) because i've found more often than not that I needed it more when I didn't want to in the beginning.
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Advice in regards to meditation & books.

Postby Aloka » Tue May 28, 2013 4:24 pm

Mission235 wrote:I'm very new to Buddhism but so much of what I read about it just resonates so much to me & I see no error in it at all. I'm in the beginning stages of my journey & I wanted to know what would be a great book for somebody this new to Buddhism to read? Also I haven't meditated in a little while & I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on how to slowly improve & increase how much I meditate...I'm very open to all techniques! Thanks in advance to anyone who gives their time by responding!


Hi Mission235,

This is a booklet of meditation tools and techniques by Ajahn Amaro which you might find helpful. Its called "Finding the Missing Peace"

https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/finding-the-missing-peace

With kind wishes,

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