Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

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  • Copyright: 10/22/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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In this lively new addition for Harper's retreat series, Buddhist practice teacher and retreat leader Sylvia Boorstein, beloved for dispensing what Jon Kabat-Zinn has termed "endearingly personal mindfulness wisdom in doses that slide right down into the heart", offers accessible, step-by-step instructions for experiencing a traditional three-day meditational retreat.

Table of Contents

Preparing for the Retreatp. 1
Don't Just Do Something, Sit Therep. 3
Cosmology Is Optionalp. 5
"Nobody's Grandmother Is a Buddhist"p. 7
Why Meditate?p. 8
But Why Do a Meditation Retreat?p. 10
Keep Everything Simplep. 12
Take a Minimum of Stuff: Mary's Mantrap. 14
"It's Only a Weekend"p. 17
Day One: Arrival Dayp. 19
Schedule for This Retreatp. 21
Unpackingp. 24
Refuge Reflectionsp. 25
Walking with Fresh Eyesp. 27
Instructions and Helpful Hintsp. 30
Instructions for Sitting Meditation Practicep. 32
The Easiest Instructions of Allp. 36
Late Teap. 37
"Nothing Happens, Next, This Is It!"p. 38
Day Two: Full Day of Practicep. 41
Before Breakfast: Sound Meditationp. 43
Breakfastp. 45
Three Exercises for Sitting Meditationp. 46
Talking to Yourselfp. 52
Basic Instructions for Formal Walking Meditationp. 54
Variation on the Theme of Breath Meditationp. 57
"Nothing Is Worth Thinking About"p. 62
More Walking Instructionsp. 65
There Are No In-Between Timesp. 67
Introducing Eating Instructionsp. 69
Eating Meditationp. 73
Maintaining Mindfulnessp. 75
Afternoon Sitting Practice: Wait and Look Closelyp. 78
Working with Difficult Mind Statesp. 80
"Mine Mommy! Mine Daddy!": A Lust Storyp. 83
Swimming in Jerusalem: An Aversion Storyp. 87
"Vait a Minute, Vait a Minute": A Sloth and Torpor Storyp. 91
Hawaii Is Here: A Restlessness Storyp. 93
The Macbeth Moment: A Doubt Storyp. 95
First Afternoon Walk Instructions: Choosing a Speed That Meets Your Needp. 99
Late Afternoon Sitting Practice: Looking for Insightsp. 101
Late Afternoon Walk: Walking with Wisdomp. 103
The Broccoli Phenomenonp. 105
Dinnerp. 108
Evening Dharma Talk: The Seven Factors of Enlightenmentp. 110
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