Tibetan Book of Meditation

Tibetan Book of Meditation

by Lama Christie McNally

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Meditation helps us relax, sharpens our minds, and increases our creativity. In The Tibetan Book of Meditation, Lama Christie McNally demonstrates that meditation also provides a much greater gift. It awakens our innate potential to shape our reality, to make moments of joy last forever, and to bring us the peace and contentment that we all ultimately seek.

Written in an instructional yet intimate style, the author guides readers through a progression of meditations, from the simple concept of compassion to the transformative concept of emptiness. Teaching technique and content at the same time, this book is unique in its comprehensive approach and will find a special place in the hearts of novice and experienced meditators alike.

Christie McNally, a renowned master teacher and lecturer who has studied with some of the greatest Indian, Tibetan, and western Buddhist masters, explains the central tenets of Buddhism and reveals how they apply to everyday life. Combining ancient wisdom and contemporary teachings, she leads readers along the path to a richer, fuller life through resonant examples and eye-opening insights.

Her engaging tone and fresh approach to the art of meditation will appeal to followers of Pema Chödrön and to readers of Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. This down-to-earth guide to meditation brings the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to a new generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385530538
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

LAMA CHRISTIE McNALLY is a cofounder of the Yoga Studies Institute and Diamond Mountain University in Arizona. She is the coauthor of The Tibetan Book of Yoga, How Yoga Works, The Eastern Path to Heaven, and Karmic Management.

Table of Contents

Chaktsel 3

Bowing Down 4

1 A Bit about the Author 8

2 The Lineage 11

3 Why Meditate? 13

Ngenjung: The Need to Get Out 17

4 Broken 18

5 A Path to the End of Pain 20

6 The Nuts and Bolts 24

Meditation Tip: Your Meditation Seat 26

Meditation: Pain and the End of Pain 31

7 If I Die Today 34

Meditation: Walking Into Death 38

Meditation Tip: The Three Types of Meditation 43

8 How this World Really Works 46

Nyingje: Opening Our Hearts 51

9 The Big Secret 52

Meditation Tip: Where To Meditate 56

Meditation: The Practice Of Giving And Taking 60

10 In Sickness and At Death 64

11 Seeds 66

Meditation Tip: Limiting Sense Input 69

12 The Line Between Us 73

Meditation: Exploring the Line of Myself 77

Meditation Tip: When to Meditate 80

13 Ngagyel 83

Meditation: Child Meditation 88

Meditation Tip: Zooming Out, Zooming In 90

Karma: Mental Imprints 93

14 Like Gravity 94

Meditation: Karma Meditation-Planting Seeds to Change Your Life 98

15 Why Things Die 102

16 Limitless Thoughts 105

Meditation: Limitless Meditation 107

17 Four Powers 110

Meditation: Four Powers Meditation 112

Meditation: A Fire Meditation 114

18 The Biggest Demon of Meditation 118

Meditation: Killing Our Anger 123

19 Archetypes 126

Meditation: The Lady Who Stops War 128

Shi-Ne: Stillness 131

20 A Single Point 132

21 A Single Purpose 136

22 Seeing Emptiness Directly 138

23 Getting to Stillness 140

24 Not Doing It 141

25 Losing the Object 143

Meditation: Breath Meditation 145

Meditation Tip: Still as Stone 149

26 Dullness 152

27 Agitation 155

28Stillness on the Lama 158

Meditation: Lama Meditation 161

29 When to Take Action 163

Chart: The 9 Stages of Meditation 167

30 Letting Go 168

31 Reaching Stillness 169

Tong-Nyi: Emptiness 171

32 A Word About Emptiness 172

33 Gakja: What Emptiness is Empty Of 174

Meditation: Kedrup Je's Four-Step Meditation on Emptiness 177

34 Cornering Emptiness 180

35 Things Change 181

Meditation: Walking to The Door 186

Meditation: Your Body is Emptiness, Emptiness is Your Body 190

36 Who Am I? 193

Meditation: Looking for the Me 197

37 Non-Duality 200

Meditation: Mahamudra-The Diamond Realm of Mind 203

38 The Power Of Words 207

Meditation: Word vs. Thing 210

39 The Raw Data 212

Meditation: Infinite Parts 214

40 Nothing Ever Touches 217

41 Projection 220

Gyu: The Way of the Secret 223

42 A Taste of Tantra 224

43 Suspension of Disbelief 227

44 Looking for Angels 228

Meditation: Believing 230

45 The Inner Body of an Angel 232

Meditation: Into the Center 234

46 Ending, and Beginning 236

Dedication 238

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Tibetan Book of Meditation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is written in a very personable approachable manner, with detailed visualizations; however be aware that she and her teacher were/are embroiled in controversy. google her name and then come to your own conclusions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for learning how to meditate. It gives you a thoughtful point of view from which to live your life.
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tsokye More than 1 year ago
This short and clear book is an excellent choice for beginner meditators and long term practitioners alike. The meditations are fantastic and thought provoking.
RayBenson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed her book and liked it very much also bought it in e-book form and a real copy to share with friends and to pass around and laaow others to read and enjoy it as well and maybe find some insights into their own lives and about meditation...