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Diamond Mind : A Psychology of Meditation - Rob Nairn

Diamond Mind

A Psychology of Meditation

By: Rob Nairn

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Published: 27th March 2001
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Buddhism teaches that the mind is the source of 100 percent of all unhappiness: anxiety, agitation, desire, anger, grief. Through understanding how our mind works, it is possible to tame it-and to discover that happiness, wisdom, compassion, and clarity are actually inherent qualities in all of us. Much has been written of this subject, but Rob Nairn's book is the first to express the principles of Buddhist psychology in a way that is so easy to understand and enjoyable to read-while remaining remarkably accurate and complete. Each chapter includes exercises that bring the truth of the teaching home.

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
What Is Meditation?p. 3
The Journey Inwardp. 3
Towards a Descriptionp. 5
An Attitude of Acceptancep. 5
Beyond Ambition: No Goalsp. 9
Motivation: Realizing Our Inherent Potentialp. 10
Effects of Meditationp. 12
Meditation in Practice: Guidelinesp. 14
Meditation Supportp. 16
An Adventurep. 16
Ending Every Sessionp. 17
Meditation Using a Supportp. 17
Outlook and Looking Inp. 20
Attitudep. 20
Finding Out Where We Arep. 22
Observer Consciousness and Activity Mindp. 24
Beyond Expectations and Assumptionsp. 29
The Four Foundations of Mindfulnessp. 32
Hidden Reefsp. 36
Expectationsp. 40
Assumptionsp. 42
Goalsp. 44
Letting Go of Goalsp. 47
The Butterfly Mindp. 51
Why Is the Mind Unsettledp. 51
How We Keep the Mind Unsettledp. 52
Unsettling through Reactivityp. 53
How to Settle the Mindp. 56
Where Does My Mind Go?p. 57
Making Friends with the Mindp. 58
Tranquillity Is Not a Lovely Feelingp. 60
It Just Flows By ...p. 63
Stabilizing the Mindp. 63
Changing Habitual Patternsp. 65
Inner Surveillancep. 66
Backtrackingp. 68
Backtrackingp. 69
Mind Scheme 1p. 70
Mind Scheme 2p. 72
The Moment of Arisingp. 74
The Moment of Arisingp. 77
The Dawn of Freedom: Dissolving Conditioningp. 77
The Stabilized Mindp. 79
The Cycle of Thoughtp. 80
True Tranquillityp. 85
How to Catch a Monkeyp. 85
The Reactivity of Mindp. 86
Engaging Contentp. 89
Tranquillity Is Not Fabricatedp. 90
Obstacles and Opennessp. 92
A Spectrum of Practicesp. 94
The Path Is Obstaclesp. 99
Near Enemiesp. 101
The Three Modesp. 102
Enlightenmentp. 104
A Diamond Buried in Mudp. 104
Guidelines for Helpersp. 109
Acknowledgmentsp. 117
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ISBN: 9781570627637
ISBN-10: 1570627630
Series: Psychology of Meditation
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 27th March 2001
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.8  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Type: New edition