How to MeditateA Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.
When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chodron, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way.
More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning.
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"Chodron's voice is gently humorous, always kind, and seemingly infinitely wise." -THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Pema is one of our most beloved and helpful teachers-practical, compassionate, and wise. How to Meditate is a great way to take her teachings to heart and develop a meditation practice."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"This new book is a great compilation of meditation instruction which she has personal given to many of her students over the years. These instructions have brought so much help to others that it has made her one of the most loved and revered Buddhist teacher in this modern world. With a brilliant mind and an absolutely cheerful attitude toward life, she practices what she teaches. She is a great support and friend to thousands of readers, and I am very sure that this book will help many in their everyday lives, as she makes this genuine attempt to reach us all."--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Pema Chodron is the author of many spiritual classics including When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and Taking the Leap. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. See gampoabbey.org.
Part One: The Technique of Meditation1. Preparing for Practice and Making the Commitment2. Stabilizing the Mind3. The Six Points of Posture4. Breath: The Practice of Letting Go5. Attitude: Keep Coming Back6. Unconditional Friendliness7. You Are Your Own Meditation Instructor Part Two: Working With Thoughts8. The Monkey Mind9. The Three Levels of Discursive Thought10. Thoughts as the Object of Meditation11. Regard All Dharmas as Dreams Part Three: Working With Emotions12. Becoming Intimate with Our Emotions13. The Space within the Emotion14. Emotions as the Object of Meditation15. Getting Our Hands Dirty16. Hold the Experience17. Breaking with the Emotion18. Drop the Story and Find the Feeling Part Four: Working with Sense Perception19. The Sense Perceptions20. The Interconnection of All Perceptions Part Five: Opening Your Heart to Include Everything21. Giving Up the Struggle22. The Seven Delights23. The Bearable Lightness of Being24. Beliefs25. Relaxing with Groundlessness26. Create a Circle of Practitioners27. Cultivate a Sense of Wonder28. The Way of the Bodhisattva