Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

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Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by puppha » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Dear All,

I did a quick search on the forum, but I have not been able to find an answer...

Could anyone recommend a decent book on meditation? Ideally, that would include the different types of meditation, and possibly how to cultivate mindfulness outside the context of meditation (i.e. in your everyday life). :reading:

Many thanks!

With Metta
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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by santa100 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:50 pm

Bhante Gunaratana's "Mindfulness in Plain English" is a great one..

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by SeekingDharma » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Without a doubt the best that I have read is Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. You may find others that you prefer after diving in, but I've never heard a meditator regret the read. :smile:

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by Beneath the Wheel » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:54 pm

I'm going to chime in and suggest the same book.

You can find free copies online on various Buddhist sites.

Good luck!

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by bodom » Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:53 am

See this thread:

Recommended reading
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by puppha » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:05 am

That's quite an overwhelming vote for "Mindfulness in plain English"! I'll go for this one then!
Thank you Bodom for the link, I'll bookmark it, there's plenty of references in there!

Thanks a lot for your help, guys!

With Metta

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by mettafuture » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:16 pm

Mindfulness in Plain English (online) is a great place to start.

For intermediate study, I recommend Practicing the Jhanas by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen.

And for advanced study, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Ven. Analayo.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by SamBodhi » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:52 pm

santa100 wrote:Bhante Gunaratana's "Mindfulness in Plain English" is a great one..
I got this book online because of its recommendation here. And put it on my Nook (like a Kindle). I have been reading it and I can say that I would also recommend it. Thank you very much for suggesting it, all.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by Brizzy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:32 am

Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English: An Introductory Guide To Deeper States Of Meditation - Bhante Gunaratana.

Also a book that has helped me at times is................ 'How to practice Shamatha Meditation - The cultivation of meditative quiescence.' By Gen Lamrimpa.
it must be a good book on meditation because it is filled with a lot things in it which make my hair stand up e.g. tantra, bodhisattva, hinayana, yet I still feel it has a lot of great suggestions.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by Stiphan » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:18 pm

"Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by puppha » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:36 am

Many thanks for all these suggestions!
I just started "Mindfulness in plain English", but I will most probably move on to some of the other suggested titles after that.

Thank you all

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by Jaidyn » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:58 am

For an alternative to "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" I suggests "The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation" by
Richard Shankman. Some opinions about "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" where declared here http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10974" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, at the middle/end of the thread, by the way.

The good part about the book by Ajahn Brahm is the easy language, the many stories he use to illustrate his points and the humor.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by Spiny O'Norman » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:25 am

bodom wrote:See this thread:

Recommended reading
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:
Very good list - I hadn't realised there were so many books on this subject. ;)

Spiny

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by hermitwin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:52 am

Yes, books by Godwin Samararatne and Ayya khema.

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by puppha » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:55 pm

Dear hermitwin,
hermitwin wrote:Yes, books by Godwin Samararatne and Ayya khema.
Thank you very much for these names. I didn't know them. I searched a bit about them on the internet, and that looks very promising! I will do some further research.

With Metta

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Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Post by mirco » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:04 pm

puppha wrote:Could anyone recommend a decent book on meditation? Ideally, that would include the different types of meditation, and possibly how to cultivate mindfulness outside the context of meditation (i.e. in your everyday life).
These books include exactly what you are looking for: buddhist meditation on and off the cushion, loving kindness, breath, vipassana & samatha.
Some of that stuff is in print also.

http://dhammasukha.org/Study/books.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Regards, :-)
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." - Bhikkhu Anālayo

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