Meditation, Useful Resources

One tricky aspect of approaching meditation is knowing where to begin. There is an overwhelming amount of material making it difficult. Below are some non-Buddhist and strictly Buddhist meditation resources prepared by people that clearly have experience in meditation and know what they’re talking about. That experience shines through in the resources below.

‘How to Meditate’ by Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro)
ISBN 13: 9780861713417
http://www.bookdepository.com/How-Meditate-Kathleen-McDonald/9780861713417

This is a favourite book because it describes the different types of meditation, and provides some sample meditations for each type. It includes lots of advice for beginners as well as different types of meditations that might interest an experience meditator. This was the first meditation book that we ordered and we just re-ordered it again recently.

‘Meditation 101’ FPMT course
http://fpmt.org/education/programs/new-to-buddhism/

We recently found this online course and went through the audio files for the mindfulness meditations. We didn’t try all of the meditations or any of the teachings, but so far it has provided nice long (20-40 minute) guided meditations. The guided meditations help to keep your mind from wondering off too far.

‘Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path’ by Thubten Chodron
ISBN 13: 9781559392815
http://www.bookdepository.com/Guided-Meditations-on-Stages-Path-Thubten-Chodron/9781559392815

This is really a Buddhist book and CD of mp3 audio files. The Lamrim meditations are really for Buddhist practices. The guided meditations help to keep your mind focused.

Love, HOps

 

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