A Beginner's Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers
Written by Rod Meade Sperry & Editors of the Shambhala Sun & Pema Chödrön
As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives.
This practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals
of Buddhist meditation introduces you to the practice, 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, Ch gyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi,
Sylvia Boorstein, Noah Levine, Matthieu Ricard, Judy Lief, and many
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.