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The Dalai Lama explains the principles of meditation in a practice-oriented format especially suited to Westerners. Based upon the middle section of the Bhavanakrama by Kamalashila, a translation of which is included, this is the most extensive commentary given by the Dalai Lama on this concise but important meditation handbook. It is a favorite text of the Dalai Lama, and he often takes the opportunity to give teachings on it to audiences throughout the world. In his words, "This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures." Topics include the nature of mind, how to develop compassion and loving-kindness, calm abiding wisdom, and how to establish a union of calm abiding and special insight.
"A feast of a book and as comprehensive and readable an introduction to the nature and scope of Buddhism's living wisdom as can be found."--Bloomsbury Review "With characteristic warmth and lucidity, the Dalai Lama's reflections bring alive this classic synopsis of Mahayana Buddhism in a way that will inspire and inform anyone who seeks to practice the Dharma today."--Stephen Batchelor, author of Verses from the Center
"Stages of Meditation is a wise, wonderful, and profound book."--Ken Wilber, author of Integral Psychology: Consciousness Spirit Psychology Therapy
"For the budding practitioner there are few teachings more essential or indispensable than Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation."--ForeWord
"A rigorous treatment of a single pithy source text, this faithful rendering from Tibetan was more than ten years in the making."--Shambhala Sun
"A must read for followers of the Dalai Lama and an unquestionably worthy addition to Buddhist studies reading lists and reference collections."--Midwest Book Review
"As always the Dalai Lama's warmth and his ability to adjust the level of his commentary to his audience are in evidence."--Journal of Asian Studies
"As usual he challenges the listener or reader with his deceptive simplicity and unassuming brilliance."--Frederick M. Smith, University of Iowa for Religious Studies Review
What Is the Mind?
Training the Mind
Developing Equanimity, the Root of Loving-Kindness
Identifying the Nature of Suffering
Common Prerequisites for Meditating on Calm Abiding and Special Insight
The Practice of Calm Abiding
Actualizing Special Insight
Unifying Method and Wisdom
Bibliography of Works Cited
Tibetan Text of Stages of Meditation
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ISBN: 9781559391979 ISBN-10: 1559391979 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 216 Published: 1st September 2003 Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.29