Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path (with 15 hour mp3 meditation CD)
The lamrim (stages of the path) presentation of Buddhist teachings has become a core topic of study at many Buddhist centers in the West. For busy practitioners, the lamrim gives a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path. Best-selling author Thubten Chodron has a unique ability to present these teachings. In this volume, she provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, while the audio tracks on the accompanying CD contain guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text. The meditation teachings of lamrim, says Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron, are like ready-made clothes that are easy to wear: they're systematized so that we can wear them right away, so we can learn and practice them in an organized fashion.
Lamrim can be translated in various ways: "stages of the path," "steps on the path," or "gradual path." "Gradual path" reminds us that the process of transforming the mind, unlike so many other things in our hurry-up society, is a slow and thoughtful one. These systematic teachings are the subject of this book and the accompanying CD. The lamrim presents a step-by-step method to tame the mind, and each person will find meaning and insight according to his or her level of understanding. As readers practice these meditations repeatedly, their comprehension and experience will transform and deepen, even though the words used to spark the meditation sessions remain the same.
The first section of Guided Meditations discusses how to establish a daily practice, how to set up an altar, and how to approach the two kinds of meditation—stabilizing and analytical. The second presents the meditations. The third supplies an overview, instructions for working with distractions, antidotes to mental afflictions, advice for newcomers, and suggestions on how to deepen Dharma practice. The accompanying CD contains over fourteen hours of guided meditations, led by Thubten Chodron. Individuals who live far from Buddhist teachers or Dharma centers will appreciate the personal guidance offered with these meditations, enabling them to begin and continue a daily meditation practice.
This a new and expanded version of Guided Meditations on the Lam Rim, and the recording was previously published in a 14-CD format under that name.
The Missing Link to Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice
By Bruce Cantwell "tkmalone" - January 4, 2008
The guided meditation mp3 CD in this book was the missing link I had been looking for in establishing a daily meditation practice. Thubten Chodron communicates the practical benefits of Buddhist teachings more effectively than anyone I've read and each of these guided meditations focuses on drawing connections between Buddhist principles and everyday situations. Distributing over 14 hours of guided meditations on one CD accompanying this hardbound volume provides an invaluable tool at an EXTREMELY reasonable price. If you have any hesitation at all about ordering this book and mp3 CD, visit thubtenchodron.org and listen to one of the author's talks or read one of her essays. Discover for yourself whether or not her down to earth approach is right for you.
George Feurestein, Manalda Magazine, and the Feminist Review
By Sravasti Abbey Media Group "Sravasti Abbey Me... - January 28, 2008
"Ven. Chodron is well known for her many clear writings. As the CD shows, she also has a clear, gentle, and calm voice, which makes the selected meditations on the Stages of the Path a delight and also very positive to listen to.... If the graduated path, as the lam rim approach is also called, has proven helpful to countless generations of monastics, it is even more important to modern Western lay practitioners, who are dealing with a good many more challenges and distractions. I can recommend without reservation both Ven. Chodron's book and the audiorecording, which generously extends over 14 hours."--Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
"Listen and learn as the lighthearted, happy, kind voice of Bikshuni Thubten Chodron guides us along the gradual path to enlightenment. Yes, this wonderful 224-page book is accompanied by a fourteen-hour MP3 CD with no less than 46 meditations! How often have we heard a teacher describe the teachings of the lam-rim and gone away wondering how to put... read more
By Scott I. Lawley - November 29, 2007
If you want a concise and informative review that will help your understanding of the Dharma in a way that you can use on a daily basis, this is the book for you. The Lam Rim is a comprehensive meditation practice in use for centuries and is often thought to be inaccessible to the Western practitioner. Ven Thubten Chodron demystifies this important practice and in the CD provides actual guided meditations that are "user friendly" without compromising the heart of the wisdom in the ancient texts.
Definitely worth one's attention if you are serious about your Dharma practice.
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