True Refuge by Tara Brach

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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Awakened Heart Book Title:   True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Awakened Heart Author: Tara Brach Publisher: Bantam Books Year Published: 2012 Pages: 320 Hardcover Price: $10.36 Kindle Price: $11.99 Tara Brach is one of the most successful meditation teachers in the world.  She has faced her own illness and helped many others to begin to be mindful of their lives no matter what it going on.  She is also a clinical psychologist who has helped others get through their own difficult situations.  She effectively blends psychology with Eastern spiritual practices and is a distinctive voice … Continue reading

How to do Samatha Meditation

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How to do Samatha Meditation In a previous post, I talked about Vipassana and how it is practiced.  In this article I will discuss Samatha meditation which is simply “one pointed concentration” meditation.  Both Vipassana and Samatha are like different sides of the same coin, so to speak. Samatha, in essence is the Buddhist practice of the calming of the mind using single-pointed meditation.  One of the most common examples of this type of meditation is mindfulness of breathing.  This is a practice found in both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Etymology The word “samatha” or “shamatha” is composed of two … Continue reading