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The Meditative Way : Readings in the Theory and Practice of Buddhist Meditation - Roderick S. Bucknell

The Meditative Way

Readings in the Theory and Practice of Buddhist Meditation

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Buddhist meditation, while attracting less popular attention than some other meditative disciplines, has given rise to a particularly rich literature in recent years. Despite differences in style and terminology, these modern writings on Buddhist meditation serve much the same purposes as did the manuals and commentaries of the classical masters: to explicate and interpret the Buddha's teachings on meditation, to clarify the nature and value of the various meditative techniques and attainments, and/or to offer advice on the actual practice of meditation.
Meditators are increasingly inclined to compare and evaluate critically what the different contemporary meditation masters have to say, to weigh up the results of relevant scientific studies, or to consult translations of the primary texts in search of the Buddha's 'original' teachings on meditation. Writers on meditation are also increasingly adopting an appropriately critical approach, particularly as regards the reliability of textual accounts. Relatively few still commit the old error of assuming that the Pali canon is a complete and faithful record of what the Buddha said on the subject, or that the classical commentators were infallible authorities.
The present collection of twenty-eight readings is designed to give meditators, researchers, and general readers ready access to representative samples of those writings, and to the principal relevant texts.

Acknowledgements
Sources and Permissions
General Introductionp. 1
Pali Sources
The Middle Wayp. 11
The Eightfold Path Explainedp. 12
The Subduing of Thoughtsp. 14
The Sublime Statesp. 17
The Foundations of Mindfulnessp. 19
Mindfulness of Breathingp. 26
The Jhanasp. 29
The Meditator's Progressp. 30
Classical Masters
Concentration of the Earth Diskp. 43
Self-Protection through Mindfulnessp. 50
Calm and Insightp. 55
Seated Meditationp. 64
Some Zen Koansp. 66
Fastening the Mindp. 69
Contemporary Masters
A Spectrum of Meditative Practicesp. 85
Observing Your Mindp. 97
Insight by the Nature Methodp. 106
Insight through Mindfulnessp. 113
The Meditative Mindp. 123
Watching Thoughts and Emotionsp. 136
Zen Mindp. 146
Some Tibetan Practicesp. 159
Meditation in Tantrap. 175
Personal Accounts
Experiences in Meditationp. 197
From a Meditator's Diaryp. 208
A Student's Response to Meditationp. 219
Initial Meditative Experiencesp. 228
Experiments in Insight Meditationp. 244
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780700706785
ISBN-10: 070070678X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16th December 1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1