The Tibetan Book of Meditation

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-19
  • Publisher: Harmony
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Meditation helps us relax, sharpens our minds, and increases our creativity. In THE TIBETAN BOOK OF MEDITATION, Lama Christie McNally demonstrates that meditation also provides a much greater gift. It awakens our innate potential to shape our reality, to make moments of joy last forever, and to bring us the peace and contentment that we all ultimately seek. Written in an instructional yet intimate style, the author guides readers through a progression of meditations, from the simple concept of compassion to the transformative concept of emptiness. Teaching technique and subject at the same time, this book is unique in its comprehensive approach and will find a special place in the hearts of novice and experienced meditators alike. Christie McNally, a renowned master teacher and lecturer who has studied with some of the greatest Indian, Tibetan, and western Buddhist masters, explains the central tenets of Buddhism and reveals how they apply to everyday life. Combining ancient wisdom and contemporary teachings, she leads readers along the path to a richer, fuller life through resonate examples and eye-opening insights. Her engaging tone and fresh approach to the art of meditation will appeal to followers of Pema Chodron and to readers of Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. This down-to-earth guide to meditation brings the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to a new generation.

Author Biography

LAMA CHRISTIE McNALLY is a cofounder of the Yoga Studies Institute and Diamond Mountain University in Arizona. She is the coauthor of The Tibetan Book of Yoga, How Yoga Works, The Eastern Path to Heaven, and Karmic Management.

Table of Contents

Chaktselp. 3
Bowing Downp. 4
A Bit about the Authorp. 8
The Lineagep. 11
Why Meditate?p. 13
Ngenjung: The Need to Get Outp. 17
Brokenp. 18
A Path to the End of Painp. 20
The Nuts and Boltsp. 24
Meditation Tip: Your Meditation Seatp. 26
Meditation: Pain and the End of Painp. 31
If I Die Todayp. 34
Meditation: Walking Into Deathp. 38
Meditation Tip: The Three Types of Meditationp. 43
How this World Really Worksp. 46
Nyingje: Opening Our Heartsp. 51
The Big Secretp. 52
Meditation Tip: Where To Meditatep. 56
Meditation: The Practice Of Giving And Takingp. 60
In Sickness and At Deathp. 64
Seedsp. 66
Meditation Tip: Limiting Sense Inputp. 69
The Line Between Usp. 73
Meditation: Exploring the Line of Myselfp. 77
Meditation Tip: When to Meditatep. 80
Ngagyelp. 83
Meditation: Child Meditationp. 88
Meditation Tip: Zooming Out, Zooming Inp. 90
Karma: Mental Imprintsp. 93
Like Gravityp. 94
Meditation: Karma Meditation-Planting Seeds to Change Your Lifep. 98
Why Things Diep. 102
Limitless Thoughtsp. 105
Meditation: Limitless Meditationp. 107
Four Powersp. 110
Meditation: Four Powers Meditationp. 112
Meditation: A Fire Meditationp. 114
The Biggest Demon of Meditationp. 118
Meditation: Killing Our Angerp. 123
Archetypesp. 126
Meditation: The Lady Who Stops Warp. 128
Shi-Ne: Stillnessp. 131
A Single Pointp. 132
A Single Purposep. 136
Seeing Emptiness Directlyp. 138
Getting to Stillnessp. 140
Not Doing Itp. 141
Losing the Objectp. 143
Meditation: Breath Meditationp. 145
Meditation Tip: Still as Stonep. 149
Dullnessp. 152
Agitationp. 155
Stillness on the Lamap. 158
Meditation: Lama Meditationp. 161
When to Take Actionp. 163
Chart: The 9 Stages of Meditationp. 167
Letting Gop. 168
Reaching Stillnessp. 169
Tong-Nyi: Emptinessp. 171
A Word About Emptinessp. 172
Gakja: What Emptiness is Empty Ofp. 174
Meditation: Kedrup Je's Four-Step Meditation on Emptinessp. 177
Cornering Emptinessp. 180
Things Changep. 181
Meditation: Walking to The Doorp. 186
Meditation: Your Body is Emptiness, Emptiness is Your Bodyp. 190
Who Am I?p. 193
Meditation: Looking for the Mep. 197
Non-Dualityp. 200
Meditation: Mahamudra-The Diamond Realm of Mindp. 203
The Power Of Wordsp. 207
Meditation: Word vs. Thingp. 210
The Raw Datap. 212
Meditation: Infinite Partsp. 214
Nothing Ever Touchesp. 217
Projectionp. 220
Gyu: The Way of the Secretp. 223
A Taste of Tantrap. 224
Suspension of Disbeliefp. 227
Looking for Angelsp. 228
Meditation: Believingp. 230
The Inner Body of an Angelp. 232
Meditation: Into the Centerp. 234
Ending, and Beginningp. 236
Dedicationp. 238
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