The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation
About the Book
Mindfulness and insight—clearly knowing what is happening in one’s present moment experience—and concentration—the ability of the mind to remain steady and undistracted—are foundational elements of meditation, yet people are often confused about how these aspects of the practice fit together. Should they be doing insight meditation or concentration practices? How does concentration fit into insight meditation? To help, The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation offers specific guidance for cultivating both insight and concentration in meditation.
This book will be of interest to both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners who wish to familiarize themselves with, deepen their understanding of, and increase their practical skills in mindfulness, concentration, and insight meditation. New meditators who want hands-on skills they can easily put into practice will find the step-by-step instructions accessible and easy to understand. Experienced practitioners will find a complete and useful guide for deepening insight and cultivating the deeper stages of concentration known as jhana.
This book also discusses the most common experiences that can arise as the meditation process unfolds, and will help you find the approaches and techniques that work best for you.
Books by Richard Shankman
—Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
—Gil Fronsdal, teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center, and author of The Issue at Hand, A Monastery Within, and a translation of The Dhammapada
—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
—Phillip Moffitt, author of Dancing with Life and Emotional Chaos to Clarity
—Guy Armstrong, senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society