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Beginning Meditation Class
Beginning Meditation Class

Expand your practice to 40 minutes. This is long enough for you to join a sitting group, if there is one in your area. Most vipassana sitting groups sit for 40 to 45 minutes. A sitting group is a great help for a meditator. It can be the extra motivation needed to keep going and a great source for what the Buddha called "Noble friends and nobel conversation." The Budda said that having a meditation group was the most important thing in a spiritual practice.

Your homework for this lesson is to meditate for life. Try to find time each day to sit. If you are about to get into bed at night and you haven't sat yet, just stop and go to your pilow to sit, eben if only for a minute, before you sleep.

Notice your patterns as you go through your day. Notice your familiar states of mind and if they are unskillful, see if you can challenge them and see through them. Understand their impermanance.

There are many resources for vipassana mediators. Here are a few:

Books

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics) by Robert Hall, Joseph Goldstein, & Jack Kornfield. One of the best books on insight meditation, clearly understandable and readable.

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Joseph Goldstein. Fundamentals of Insight Meditation and Buddhism (The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, etc.)

Mindfulness in Plain English by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana. An amazingly clear guide to beginning meditation.

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path by Jack Kornfield. Stories of enlightened people today. Today’s masters, off their podiums, as equals.

A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield. As a former Buddhist monk, a psychologist, and a seasoned meditation teacher, Kornfield has the qualifications to help us on our journey through life. "What matters is simple," he writes. "We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart"

Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart by Christina Feldman (Ed) and Jack Kornfield (Ed). Stories with spiritual messages passed down through the centuries form Christian, Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish, Native American traditions.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Timesby Pema Chodron. The thorny path through hope, fear, death, loneliness, opinion and chaos should not be avoided. It is the goal. Uncompromising words from an insightful woman teacher.

One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism by Joseph Goldstein Explores common themes in different traditions of Buddhist teachings.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach A psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher offers stories and techniques to help people awaken from “the trance of unworthiness.”


Magazines

tricycle                          shambala


Organizations (USA)

Spirit Rock Meditation Center                      
Woodacre, CA (Marin County)
415-488-0164
Jack Kornfield
www.spiritrock.org   

Insight Meditation Society         
Barre, MA
(978) 355-4378
Joseph Goldstein & Sharon Salzberg
www.dharma.org

 

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