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

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond Book Review

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond Book Review Book Title:  Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook Author:  Ajahn Brahm Publisher:  Wisdom Publications Year Published: 2006 Pages: 240 Paperback Price:$14.95 Kindle Price: $13.99 This book was written by Buddhist monk and author Ajahn Brahm.  He is a Theravadin Buddhist monk of the Thai Forest tradition.  He was once a teacher at Cambridge University, who now utilizes his experiences in order to teach Buddhism. Originally British-born, he is now the Abbot of Bodhinaya Monastery and is one of the many disciples of the late Ajahn Chah.  His writing successfully illustrates and clarifies the teachings (dharma) … 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

Right Mindfulness in Buddhism – The Seventh Spoke

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Right Mindfulness in Buddhism – The Seventh Spoke of the Wheel The next principle of the Eight-fold Path is called Right Mindfulness which is “samma sati” in the Indian Pali language.  This can be translated in a number of ways: “Right memory”, “right awareness”, “right attention” but it’s important to keep in mind that the word “right” actually translates to “skillful”, “realistic”, “authentic” in the sense that we are performing an action that is conducive to the attainment of enlightenment. Defining Right Mindfulness What is Right Mindfulness in Buddhism?  Simply put it refers to being aware of our body and … Continue reading

What is Mindfulness in Buddhism?

What is Mindfulness in Buddhism? What does it mean to be mindful?   And what does that mean in the Buddhist context? Mindfulness is a word that seems to have become a popular buzzword, however there may be multiple meanings to the term mindfulness. Essentially, mindfulness can be described as a state of active attention to the present, while we observe our thoughts and feelings from a distance (first person perspective) without judging them but by noticing the thought or feeling and then letting go of it. So while we observe how we are reacting to day to day events, … Continue reading