Art of Meditation by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard

Anywhere he is going, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is requested to give an explanation for what meditation is, the way it is finished and what it may in attaining. during this authoritative and encouraging publication, he units out to reply to those questions. Matthieu Ricard exhibits that training meditation can switch our figuring out of ourselves and the area round us. He talks us via its idea, spirituality and functional features of deep contemplation and illustrates every one level of his instructing with examples. via his event as a monk, his shut analyzing of sacred texts and his deep wisdom of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard finds the numerous merits that meditation - in keeping with selfless love and compassion - can convey to every people.

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The next story speaks to the relationship between transcendence and transformation. Cause and ef­ fect? See what you think. Nicole’s Story Nicole is a sixty-four-year-old retiree who worked for many years as a manager in a government agency. , from Kansas, where she had been a brilliant stu­ dent—graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, and magna cum laude from the local university. But no matter how well Nicole did—either at school or in her subsequent highly successful career— she never felt it was good enough.

For example, one doctor in his late fifties described transcendence as “a touch of heaven,” while a psycholo­ gist in her sixties whom I interviewed offered the following description: The Mind Within the Mind 39 During transcendence I experience a feeling of total calmness and peace. I also experience a knowing that is very beauti­ ful. I think this knowing is a result of being connected to the absolute aspect of existence. It is as if “I” exist and yet there is another “I” which exists and is eternal and totally without anxiety or involvement in the relative world.

Homeless men, who have lain down with the fowls, open their dim eyes and behold the beauty of the night. 34 T R A N S C EN D EN C E At what inaudible summons are all these sleepers thus recalled in the same hour to life? Do the stars rain down an influence, or do we share some thrill of mother earth below our resting bodies? Even shepherds and old country-folk, who are the deepest read in these arcana, have not a guess as to the means or purpose of this nightly resurrection. 6 More recently, wanting to discover firsthand how it must have felt during The Watch, author Jeff Warren headed off to northern Canada, where he lived in a cabin during the winter of 2004.

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