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    Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

    A Classic Zen text written in the 8th century by Hui Hai. He was a student of Ma-tsu and from the same line as Hui Neng, Huang Po and Rinzai (Lin-chi).

  • Don't Take Your Life Personally

    Ajahn Sumedho urges us to trust in awareness and find out for ourselves what it is to experience genuine liberation from mental anguish and suffering.

  • Perfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita Texts

    The Short Prajnaparamita Texts were composed in India between 100 BC and AD 600. They contain some of the most well known Buddhist texts such as The Perfection of Wisdom in 700 Lines, The Heart Sutra, and The Diamond Sutra.

  • Fingers and Moons, by Trevor Leggett

    Trevor Leggett points to the truth beyond words, beyond explanations and methods.

  • Experience Beyond Thinking: Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation. An easy to follow guide to Buddhist meditation and the reflections of an ordinary practitioner. Used as a guide by meditation groups.

    An easy to follow guide to Buddhist meditation.

  • Understanding Karma and Rebirth A Buddhist Perspective

    Meditations and exercises to help us understand karma and rebirth and to live from the unborn moment.

  • The Old Zen Master by Trevor Leggett

    Stories, parables, and examples pointing to the spiritual implications of practical events in daily life.

  • Teachings of a Buddhist Monk

    Modern practical teachings from an American monk living within one of the oldest Buddhist traditions.

The Mind and its Weather, by John Aske

Sam, Zeal, Golden Buddha CentreWhen I first read about walking meditation years ago, I decided to try it out. The place I was staying in was with a large group of other people interested in Buddhism, and it had a large lawn — and sunshine.

I took off my shoes and walked slowly up and down as instructed. Lifting, swinging, placing, I told myself, then turning, turning, turning at the end of the strip, and lifting, swinging, placing again, noting when my mind went off on what I call ‘shopping trips’. Continue reading

Telephone Meditation, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Telephone_operators,_1952 WikimediaThere are many pleasant kinds of meditation. I would like to share with you something called ‘telephone meditation’. We practise telephone meditation every day in Plum Village. We also have many friends practising telephone meditation all over America and Europe. Every so often someone rings a bell. Every time we hear the bell, we remember to go back to our breath: breathing in — calming; breathing out — smiling. And we feel much better for it. But in order to hear a bell like that we need a Bell Master. But we cannot have Bell Masters following us all the time, so we have to invent them.

In the kitchen of the Lower Hamlet at Plum Village we have a clock that plays music every quarter of an hour. Every time the clock begins to play, everyone stops thinking, talking, and doing things, and they just listen intently to the music. They enjoy breathing in and out for at least three times and then they resume their work. It is so nice. Continue reading

Experience Beyond Thinking

Experience Beyond Thinking, by Diana St RuthExperience Beyond Thinking

Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation.

by Diana St Ruth

ISBN 13: 978-0946672264
ISBN 10: 0946672261

Buddhist Publishing Group
Published: 2008
Paperback, 172 pages

£9.95 / $14.95

An easy to follow guide to Buddhist meditation and the reflections of an ordinary practitioner.

If you want to learn how to meditate, this is the book for you.

You can buy Experience Beyond Thinking from the Book Depository for around £7.50 with free worldwide delivery. See below for other online sites.

Extract:

Have the courage to let a thought slip by and not chase after it. Not clinging to thought, not rejecting it, the mind will open to a natural awareness. And awareness moves where life moves, not where hopes, fears, and wishes move. Come away from the wandering dreamy mind into the reality of the moment and cling to nothing. Be totally free. This is a distinct possibility for you, for me, and for anyone who has the courage to trust life, forego the past, and allow the moment to be itself.

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Listening Beyond The Words, by Ajahn Chah

Photo: Ajahn Chah © forestsangha.org.

When the mind has wisdom,
then what could there be beyond that?

Really, the teachings of the Buddha all make sense. Things you wouldn’t imagine really are so. It’s strange. At first I didn’t have any faith in sitting in meditation. I thought, what value could that possibly have? Then there was walking meditation — I walked from one tree to another, back and forth, back and forth, and I got tired of it and thought, what am I walking for? Just walking back and forth doesn’t have any purpose. That’s how I thought. But in fact walking meditation has a lot of value. Sitting to practise samadhi has a lot of value. But the temperaments of some people make them confused about walking or sitting meditation. *

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Walking Meditation

Monk walking: © Marcelle HanselaarWalking is a wonderful way of meditating. It brings one to the point of realising that meditation does not depend upon the position of the body. Sitting, standing, lying down, walking — what is the difference when one is aware? The state of being aware is an experience which goes beyond the body.

The formal practice of walking is very useful in retreat situations where a lot of sitting is taking place and the body gets stiff. To walk for ten minutes or so between periods of sitting, stretches the joints and can bring relief to aching knees, ankles and so on. But more than that, in a sense, walking meditation is like putting sitting meditation into motion. This can break down any misconceptions about meditation being something only to take place in perfect stillness.

Freedom from form, feeling, mental activity, perception and consciousness — this little bundle called ‘me’ — can be experienced at any time just by engaging in the business at hand in a meditative way, whether it be the rise and fall of the abdomen, or the placing of one foot in front of the other in walking meditation.

Click here to download an easy to print guide on walking meditation
by Diana St Ruth.
It is compact — just eight PDF pages
making it easy for you to print out or read on your computer.


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