This practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation introduces you to the practice of meditation, explains how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offers advice and inspiration from Buddhism's most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer, Ajahn Chah, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Sylvia Boorstein, Noah Levine, Judy Lief, and many others.
Topics include how to build excitement and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to meditate with, how to know when it's time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice "off the cushion" with walking meditation and other practices, and much more.
Paperback, 271 pages.
Buddhism began to take root in the West at just the same time as the women's movement gave rise to the expression of women's voices here — after millennia of being relegated to the background. If that was a coincidence, it was an auspicious one because the women who emerged as Buddhist teachers have been among the most articulate of Dharma communicators and they remain an indelible feature of Buddhism in the West. This anthology showcases the remarkable range of their teachings which touch on topics that are central to our everyday life — relationships, uncertainty, love, parenting, food, social responsibility — and which illuminate Buddhist concepts and practices such as meditation, tonglen, lovingkindness, gratitude and deep relaxation.
This book contains teachings from Pema Chödrön, Ayya Khema, Sharon Salzberg, Toni Packer, Maurine Stuart, Karen Maezen Miller, Khandro Rinpoche, Jan Chozen Bays, Sister Chan Khong, Silvia Boorstein, Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Darlene Cohen, Joanna Macy, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Tsultrim Allione, Tenzin Palmo, Tara Brach, Joan Sutherland, Carolyn Rose Gimian, Joan Halifax, and Charlotte Joko Beck.
Paperback, 289 pages.
This 6-CD audio training course is at once a practical teaching series covering the fundamental Buddhist principles for a joyful life and a living transmission of insight from beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who has practiced, shared and lived this profound wisdom for over seven decades. Here, he teaches you the Buddha's exercises for using the breath to cease internal conflict, release tension and anxiety, and become aware of the conditions that result in happiness and freedom. When your body and mind work together as one, you are fully and naturally present in the moment. This is the essence of mindfulness practice — allowing us to touch the wonders of life in the here and now.
6 CDs, 7 1/4 hours.
The Hidden Lamp is a groundbreaking collection of one hundred stories that uncover centuries of wise, insightful Buddhist women — a procession of female ancestors spanning all the Buddhist traditions that has remained hidden for too long. The few stories about women from the great Chinese koan collections are here, as well as stories and koans from India, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and the West. Each story is paired with a reflection by a contemporary female Buddhist teacher who explores the way the story speaks to her own life and dharma practice.
Paperback, 432 pages.
Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples. These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisdom, humor, and enigmatic quality. In Elegant Failure, author Richard Shrobe, who is a recognized Zen Master has selected twenty-two cases from The Blue Cliff Record, Book of Serenity, and Wu-men-kuan that he finds deeply meaningful and helpful for meditation practice.
Drawing on over thirty years of practice and teaching, he provides a wealth of background information and personal anecdotes for each koan that help to illuminate its meaning without detracting from its paradoxical nature.
Paperback, 256 pages.
Beloved Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has lived and taught the path of peace in the most challenging circumstances. He now shares his most transformative teachings and practices along with the message of hope: that we can find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger and despair.
This comprehensive instructional program, taught by esteemed Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and one of his principal students, presents the serene spiritual practice of walking meditation in a unique format that combines a 56 page book with a DVD and audio CD.
In her first-ever audio course, this world-renowned Zen teacher shares her hallmark teachings and insights from nearly 50 years of meditation practice. Bare bones simplicity and tart common sense are the trade-mark style of Charlotte Joko Beck—offered here on Living Everyday Zen to help you realize the fruits of your sitting practice in every aspect of your daily life. Beyond the meditation cushion, where do you ultimately find the profound clarity, presence, and simple joys of Zen? "Where it has always been — in everyday life," teaches Charlotte Joko Beck.
3 CDs, 3 hrs.
Buddhist meditation practices CD includes Jizo chanting as it is practiced at Great Vow Monastery where Buddhist teacher, Chozen Roshi lives and teaches. On this CD, Roshi teaches the history and qualities of Jizo, and discusses many practices connected to this great bodhisattva, including practicing with children. Chozen Roshi has been instrumental in bringing Jizo practice to American Buddhism. Jizo Bodhisattva is understood to be the special protector of those journeying through the physical and spiritual realms, especially children. She gives a detailed description of the mizuko, or waterbaby ceremony, which can be performed for all unborn babies. CD, 60 minutes.
Jane Dobisz's search for her true self takes her to a remote cabin in the winter woods of New England. Like the great Zen masters of old, she strips away every possible distraction and devotes herself solely to the practice of Zen for 100 days. She has no electricity, no visitors, no phone, no car, and does not leave the woods for the duration of her solitary retreat. Jane's story of authentic Zen practice, as far from a scholarly treatise on Buddhism as can be imagined, is about climbing fearlessly into the moment, and thus into the world as it really is. Combining deep insight and humor, she weaves a down-to-earth tale that explores the myriad aspects of mind, meditation and Zen training.
Paperback, 136 pages.
Initially developed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, the Ten Mindful Movements have become a popular tool to reduce stress and tension. These simple and effective movements, based on yoga and Tai Chi, can increase mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and are suited for people of all ages with a wide range of physical abilities.
Each exercise is fully illustrated by Weitske Vriezen, a Dutch artist and movement teacher. The book is accompanied by a 35-minute DVD of Thich Nhat Hanh and members of the Plum Village Sangha demonstrating the Mindful Movements.
Hardcover, 64 pages. All ages.
Daju Suzanne Friedman — Zen teacher, Chinese medicine doctor, and Qigong specialist — shares the inspirations, insights, and humor that helped her to live fully in the face of cancer. With sections devoted to soothing the spirit, harnessing the mind, and nourishing the body, Friedman provides thoughtful guidance on topics ranging from hair loss and constipation to coping with stress and learning to laugh again. Each chapter begins with a koan or anecdote drawn from the Zen tradition, followed by a personal reflection, and a brief guided practice specifically for cancer patients. Short, lively chapters and meditation exercises are designed to be practicable anywhere.
Paperback, 320 pages.
Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and meditation teacher, Dr. Jan Bays offers a clear presentation of mindfulness practice and how it can transform our struggles with food. You will learn how to:
Mindful Eating also includes a 75-minute audio CD containing guided mindfulness exercises led by the author. Paperback, 208 pages. CD, 75 minutes.
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