A Meditator s Life of the Buddha

A Meditator s Life of the Buddha

The focus is on the Buddha as a meditator, so this is a life story offering inspiration and guidance for readers who are also meditators.

Author: Bhikkhu Analayo

Publisher: Windhorse Publications (UK)

ISBN: 1909314994

Category: Buddhism

Page: 280

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Bhikkhu Analayo offers an inspiring biography of the Buddha from the viewpoint of his meditative development and practice, based on combining extracts from the early discourses with his own commentary. The focus is on the Buddha as a meditator, so this is a life story offering inspiration and guidance for readers who are also meditators. Bhikkhu Analayo covers the period up to the Buddha's awakening and from the awakening to the Buddha's final Nirvana. Following this, he explores recollections of the Buddha, a topic that in one way or another underlies all the chapters. Each of the twenty-four chapters concludes with suggestions for meditative practice or conduct.
Categories: Buddhism

Meditator s Life of the Buddha

Meditator s Life of the Buddha

He conveys not only a focus on the Buddha as a meditator, but also that the book's readers are meditators, that this is a life of the Buddha providing inspiration and guidance for meditators.

Author: Analayo

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: 9781911407003

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Analayo offers an inspiring biography of the Buddha, focusing on his meditative development and practice, including extracts from the early discourses, with commentary by the author. He conveys not only a focus on the Buddha as a meditator, but also that the book's readers are meditators, that this is a life of the Buddha providing inspiration and guidance for meditators. Each of the twenty-four chapters concludes with suggestions for meditative practice or conduct.
Categories: Religion

Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist Meditation

In one sutta, Ananda suggests to the Buddha that having good friends is half the holy life. The Buddha disagrees, saying ... Laypeople and the practice of meditation Another subject of interest to modern readers is that of lay practice.

Author: Sarah Shaw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134242030

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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Meditative practice lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. This introductory anthology gives a representative sample of the various kinds of meditations described in the earliest body of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It provides a broad introduction to their traditional context and practice and supplies explanation, context and doctrinal background to the subject of meditation. The main themes of the book are the diversity and flexibility of the way that the Buddha teaches meditation from the evidence of the canon. Covering fundamental features of Buddhist practice such as posture, lay meditation, and meditative technique it provides comments both from the principal early commentators on Buddhist practice, Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and from reputable modern meditation teachers in a number of Theravadin traditions. This is the first book on Pali Buddhism which introduces the reader to the wide range of the canon. It demonstrates that the Buddha's meditative tradition still offers a path of practice as mysterious, awe-inspiring yet as freshly accessible as it was centuries ago, and will be of interest to students and scholars of Buddhism as well as Buddhist practitioners.
Categories: Religion

Thailand s International Meditation Centers

Thailand s International Meditation Centers

This emulates the Buddha's life story, as in both cases there is a high social cost to renunciation and conversion. In this case, Mae Chii Brigitte felt monasticism was a valuable choice as her commitment to meditation grew into a ...

Author: Brooke Schedneck

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317449386

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through an examination of how meditation centers are promoted internationally, the author considers how Thai Buddhism is translated for and embodied within international tourists who participate in meditation retreats in Thailand. Shedding new light on the decontextualization of religious practices, and raising new questions concerning tourism and religion, this book focuses on the nature of cultural exchange, spiritual tourism, and religious choice in modernity. With an aim of reframing questions of religious modernity, each chapter offers a new perspective on the phenomenon of spiritual seeking in Thailand. Offering an analysis of why meditation practices appeal to non-Buddhists, this book contends that religions do not travel as whole entities but instead that partial elements resonate with different cultures, and are appropriated over time.
Categories: Social Science

The Life of the Buddha

The Life of the Buddha

The vicinity of women is a thorn to one leading the holy life. Noise is a thorn to the first meditation. Thinking and exploring are a thorn to the second meditation. Happiness is a thorn to the third meditation.

Author: Bhikkhu Nyanamoli

Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN: 9789552400636

Category: Theravāda Buddhism

Page: 374

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Among the numerous lives of the Buddha, this volume may well claim a place of its own. Composed entirely from texts of the Pali Canon, the oldest authentic record, it portrays an image of the Buddha which is vivid, warm, and moving. Chapters on the Buddha's personality and doctrine are especially illuminating, and the translation is marked by lucidity and dignity throughout.
Categories: Theravāda Buddhism

Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters

Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters

THE LIVES OF THE BUDDHA Some definite statements can be made concerning the life of the Buddha through careful research , in - depth study , comparison of original texts , and information obtained from archaeological research .

Author: Daniel Odier

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 0892819677

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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Beginning with the simple and fundamental steps necessary to prepare for meditation, the author guides the reader through the specifics of the mental disciplines and visualizations that Buddhist and Taoist masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination. Original.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha

Plunging us into the noise, smells and jostling streets of Gautama's world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual — a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found ...

Author: Vishvapani Blomfield

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781849169233

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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There are many accounts of the Buddha's life that mix legend and history. This compelling new biography discriminates between fact and fiction to reveal Gautama, the remarkable human being behind the legends, and shed new light on his teachings. Plunging us into the noise, smells and jostling streets of Gautama's world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual — a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found his own answers by mastering his mind. Even after he gained Enlightenment and became the Buddha ('the Awakened One') Gautama experienced struggles as well as triumphs as he trod India's dusty paths. Vishvapani shows how he sought to establish a community of practitioners amid his society's divided culture and perilous politics and how the ideas that became the Buddhist teachings grew from Gautama's efforts to address the needs and beliefs of his listeners. Drawing on years of meticulous research into original sources, Gautama Buddha takes us within touching distance of one of history's greatest figures.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Buddha s Life and Teaching

Buddha   s Life and Teaching

Thus memoryÐthe possibility of penetrating in meditation to that point where the memory awakens: at that time I was this and that person (SPhS 93)Ðprovides the only substitute for the missing I which would create the link between the ...

Author: Hermann Beckh

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781912230266

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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‘The book before us here is not some kind of dusty text or just another undergraduate-level introduction to Buddhism. It is nothing less than the still, clear, luminous centre of a hurricane...’ – Neil Franklin (from the Foreword) Although this classic text is more than one hundred years’ old, its accurate scholarship, detailed research and lucid presentation make it no less relevant today than when it was first published. In 1916, Hermann Beckh was one of a handful of leading European authorities on Buddhist texts, reading Tibetan, Sanskrit and Pali fluently. At the same time, he was a member of the Anthroposophical Society and its Esoteric Section. In consequence, Beckh’s seminal study on Buddhism has an entirely unique quality. It invites the reader to engage freely with the Buddhist Path, although in many ways re-expressed and renewed by Rudolf Steiner, whilst discovering its universal validity through the original texts. For the most part, Beckh allows these texts to speak for themselves, as eloquently now as ever. In the first section, Beckh presents Gautama Buddha’s life from legend and history. The second part of the book details the ‘general viewpoints’ of Buddhist teaching and the individual stages of the Buddhist Path, including meditation to ever higher levels. Both sections are expertly collated out of a wide knowledge of the primary sources. To this academic understanding, Beckh sheds new light on the subject from his own research, based on highly-trained meditation guided by Rudolf Steiner (with whom he carried out a long-lasting correspondence that has only recently been uncovered). Dr Katrin Binder has rendered the complete German text in a natural English idiom with great accuracy and professional insight, thereby making this timeless book available to English readers for the first time in a lucid translation. New notes and an updated bibliography are also featured.
Categories: Religion

Early Buddhist Meditation

Early Buddhist Meditation

In this version, the Buddha states, quite differently than in the Pāli version, that Mahānama still lives with his wife and children, which shows that he has lust (lobha/raga), and this lust causes him to remain a householder.

Author: Keren Arbel

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317383994

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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This book offers a new interpretation of the relationship between 'insight practice' (satipatthana) and the attainment of the four jhànas (i.e., right samàdhi), a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The author challenges the traditional Buddhist understanding of the four jhànas as states of absorption, and shows how these states are the actualization and embodiment of insight (vipassanà). It proposes that the four jhànas and what we call 'vipassanà' are integral dimensions of a single process that leads to awakening. Current literature on the phenomenology of the four jhànas and their relationship with the 'practice of insight' has mostly repeated traditional Theravàda interpretations. No one to date has offered a comprehensive analysis of the fourfold jhàna model independently from traditional interpretations. This book offers such an analysis. It presents a model which speaks in the Nikàyas' distinct voice. It demonstrates that the distinction between the 'practice of serenity' (samatha-bhàvanà) and the 'practice of insight' (vipassanà-bhàvanà) – a fundamental distinction in Buddhist meditation theory – is not applicable to early Buddhist understanding of the meditative path. It seeks to show that the common interpretation of the jhànas as 'altered states of consciousness', absorptions that do not reveal anything about the nature of phenomena, is incompatible with the teachings of the Pàli Nikàyas. By carefully analyzing the descriptions of the four jhànas in the early Buddhist texts in Pàli, their contexts, associations and meanings within the conceptual framework of early Buddhism, the relationship between this central element in the Buddhist path and 'insight meditation' becomes revealed in all its power. Early Buddhist Meditation will be of interest to scholars of Buddhist studies, Asian philosophies and religions, as well as Buddhist practitioners with a serious interest in the process of insight meditation.
Categories: Religion

Buddha s Map

Buddha s Map

Now, we can still find His elegant, nuanced, and efficient path. Buddha's Map is the tale of Doug Kraft's journey down this awakening path, his experience of spaces within himself he never thought possible.

Author: Doug Kraft

Publisher:

ISBN: 1577332768

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 364

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A sweet, wise, and spacious aliveness imbues every moment. It's so clear, quiet, and unchanging that it draws no attention. We can go an entire lifetime without noticing it. Yet, it is there. The Buddha called it "Awakening" or the "End of Suffering." He didn't talk about it but rather taught a way to cultivate the direct experience of it. This experience is what counts. Many contemporary schools of Buddhism have drifted away from the Buddha's original teachings over the centuries. Now, we can still find His elegant, nuanced, and efficient path. Buddha's Map is the tale of Doug Kraft's journey down this awakening path, his experience of spaces within himself he never thought possible. Easy to read yet an elegant combination of autobiography and instruction, Buddha's Map offers rare and intimate insight to the meditative states Buddhist monks are not allowed to discuss. With clear and direct advice, Kraft shares his belief in everyone's capacity to experience the ultimate in the original Buddhist meditation practice. Endorsements "A clear and wise description of meditation practice which will be helpful to many, especially to those who have dedicated themselves to a deep exploration of the Buddha's path." Jack Kornfield "I was pleased to find the Buddha's original teachings in the pages of this book. Doug Kraft narrates his personal encounter with these practices and the transformative effects they had on him. Experienced meditators will find ways to help their practices soar. New meditators will find clear instructions and ways to use their life experiences to deepen their spirituality." Bhante Vimalaramsi, Abbot of Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center "Buddha's Map is filled with psychological and spiritual insights from one who has traveled far. It is an easy read, guiding the way through the mysteries of the Buddha's teachings about meditation, wisdom, and well-being." John Travis, Senior Dharma teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center "Doug Kraft is one the most insightful Buddhist practitioners I have encountered. He brings Buddha's practical teachings and techniques of meditation to life with his vivid and accessible writing. Beginners and advanced students alike will find this volume a valuable companion on the Buddha way." Rev. Wayne Arnason, co-author Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism "Doug Kraft's book, Buddha's Map, has been a meditative life-saver for me. As a long-time meditator, I have never found such clear, authentic, intimate explanation of the meditative process and the various meditative states. Kraft's personal experiences also created a significant encouragement for me. This book provides the direct path experience of the spacious but quiet, alive, unchanging awareness that we all seek." Patt Lind-Kyle, M.A., author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit