best book on meditation???

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dhammastudier
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Re: best book on meditation???

Post by dhammastudier » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:00 pm

bodom wrote:
zac wrote:ok so i think bodom gave me a link for a book on mindfulness meditation (thanx again) and now it seems i need to ask: anyone know of a good, in depth, trouble shooting book on vipassana?
Mindfulness in Plain English. :thumbsup:
It is all in this book. How to overcome the hindrances and deal with various problems that arise in meditations, explanation of vipassana and samatha, anapanasati etc. etc.

:anjali:
nice! thanx twice then bodom! :clap: :thanks:

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Re: best book on meditation???

Post by bodom » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:03 pm

zac wrote:
bodom wrote:
zac wrote:ok so i think bodom gave me a link for a book on mindfulness meditation (thanx again) and now it seems i need to ask: anyone know of a good, in depth, trouble shooting book on vipassana?
Mindfulness in Plain English. :thumbsup:
It is all in this book. How to overcome the hindrances and deal with various problems that arise in meditations, explanation of vipassana and samatha, anapanasati etc. etc.

:anjali:
nice! thanx twice then bodom! :clap: :thanks:
No problem man. I won't steer you wrong.

: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 no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: best book on meditation???

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:00 pm

HI zac,
zac wrote: sorry mike, i read your post just before bed and didn't have time to check the links, thank you:) i read up on the links and i get it. it sounds though like samatha can easily be learned from a book and vipassana must be taught unless one is to read a verrrrrrrrrry in depth book about it? samatha is mindfulness and steadying the mind and vipassana is looking into the mind and it's workings with regards to different buddhist teachings. i'm going to see the abbot of a nearby temple tomorrow and i will ask him:) thanx again.
I really don't think any of it "can be easily learned", from a book or otherwise. Sure you can do some basic calming meditation, but getting to deep states of samatha is not an easy task.

Mike

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Re: best book on meditation???

Post by dhammastudier » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:18 pm

mikenz66 wrote:HI zac,
zac wrote: sorry mike, i read your post just before bed and didn't have time to check the links, thank you:) i read up on the links and i get it. it sounds though like samatha can easily be learned from a book and vipassana must be taught unless one is to read a verrrrrrrrrry in depth book about it? samatha is mindfulness and steadying the mind and vipassana is looking into the mind and it's workings with regards to different buddhist teachings. i'm going to see the abbot of a nearby temple tomorrow and i will ask him:) thanx again.
I really don't think any of it "can be easily learned", from a book or otherwise. Sure you can do some basic calming meditation, but getting to deep states of samatha is not an easy task.

Mike
right on, i'm going to see the abbot who i see from time to time tomorrow, like i said, so i think i'll be ok:) thanx

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