Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

A forum for beginners and members of other Buddhist traditions to ask questions about Theravāda (The Way of the Elders). Responses require moderator approval before they are visible.

Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby puppha » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Dear All,

I did a quick search on the forum, but I have not been able to find an answer...

Could anyone recommend a decent book on meditation? Ideally, that would include the different types of meditation, and possibly how to cultivate mindfulness outside the context of meditation (i.e. in your everyday life). :reading:

Many thanks!

With Metta
:buddha1:
User avatar
puppha
 
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:56 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby santa100 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:50 pm

Bhante Gunaratana's "Mindfulness in Plain English" is a great one..
santa100
 
Posts: 1542
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:55 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby SeekingDharma » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Without a doubt the best that I have read is Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. You may find others that you prefer after diving in, but I've never heard a meditator regret the read. :smile:
User avatar
SeekingDharma
 
Posts: 35
Joined: Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:48 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby Beneath the Wheel » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:54 pm

I'm going to chime in and suggest the same book.

You can find free copies online on various Buddhist sites.

Good luck!
User avatar
Beneath the Wheel
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:41 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby bodom » Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:53 am

See this thread:

Recommended reading
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
User avatar
bodom
 
Posts: 4613
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby puppha » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:05 am

That's quite an overwhelming vote for "Mindfulness in plain English"! I'll go for this one then!
Thank you Bodom for the link, I'll bookmark it, there's plenty of references in there!

Thanks a lot for your help, guys!

With Metta
User avatar
puppha
 
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:56 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby mettafuture » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:16 pm

Mindfulness in Plain English (online) is a great place to start.

For intermediate study, I recommend Practicing the Jhanas by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen.

And for advanced study, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Ven. Analayo.
User avatar
mettafuture
 
Posts: 364
Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:13 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby SamBodhi » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:52 pm

santa100 wrote:Bhante Gunaratana's "Mindfulness in Plain English" is a great one..


I got this book online because of its recommendation here. And put it on my Nook (like a Kindle). I have been reading it and I can say that I would also recommend it. Thank you very much for suggesting it, all.

S
"An inward-staying
unentangled knowing,
All outward-going knowing
cast aside."
--Upasika Kee Nanayon
SamBodhi
 
Posts: 184
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:38 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby Brizzy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:32 am

Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English: An Introductory Guide To Deeper States Of Meditation - Bhante Gunaratana.

Also a book that has helped me at times is................ 'How to practice Shamatha Meditation - The cultivation of meditative quiescence.' By Gen Lamrimpa.
it must be a good book on meditation because it is filled with a lot things in it which make my hair stand up e.g. tantra, bodhisattva, hinayana, yet I still feel it has a lot of great suggestions.

Metta

:smile:
Ignorance is an intentional act.
Brizzy
 
Posts: 138
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:58 am

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby Stephen K » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:18 pm

"Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm.
With metta,
Upāsaka Sumana
User avatar
Stephen K
 
Posts: 785
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:53 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby puppha » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:36 am

Many thanks for all these suggestions!
I just started "Mindfulness in plain English", but I will most probably move on to some of the other suggested titles after that.

Thank you all
User avatar
puppha
 
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:56 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby Jaidyn » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:58 am

For an alternative to "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" I suggests "The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation" by
Richard Shankman. Some opinions about "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" where declared here viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10974, at the middle/end of the thread, by the way.

The good part about the book by Ajahn Brahm is the easy language, the many stories he use to illustrate his points and the humor.
User avatar
Jaidyn
 
Posts: 144
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:47 am

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:25 am

bodom wrote:See this thread:

Recommended reading
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341

:anjali:


Very good list - I hadn't realised there were so many books on this subject. ;)

Spiny
User avatar
Spiny O'Norman
 
Posts: 851
Joined: Sat May 23, 2009 8:46 am
Location: Suffolk, England

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby hermitwin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:52 am

Yes, books by Godwin Samararatne and Ayya khema.
hermitwin
 
Posts: 153
Joined: Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:35 pm

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby puppha » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:55 pm

Dear hermitwin,

hermitwin wrote:Yes, books by Godwin Samararatne and Ayya khema.


Thank you very much for these names. I didn't know them. I searched a bit about them on the internet, and that looks very promising! I will do some further research.

With Metta
User avatar
puppha
 
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:56 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Any recommandation for a good book on meditation?

Postby mirco » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:04 pm

puppha wrote:Could anyone recommend a decent book on meditation? Ideally, that would include the different types of meditation, and possibly how to cultivate mindfulness outside the context of meditation (i.e. in your everyday life).

These books include exactly what you are looking for: buddhist meditation on and off the cushion, loving kindness, breath, vipassana & samatha.
Some of that stuff is in print also.

http://dhammasukha.org/Study/books.htm


Regards, :-)
I get what I give
User avatar
mirco
 
Posts: 375
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:12 pm


Return to Discovering Theravāda

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest