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Book Review: Heart of Buddhist Meditation: A Handbook Of Mental Training by The Venerable Nyanaponika Thera

Posted by Ray McLennan on 19-Dec-2017 16:11:42

The Buddhist Publication Society | ISBN: 9789552401008 | £8.99

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation is a complete course in Buddhist meditation techniques drawn from the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. The teaching is progressive, building from simple mindfulness practices to advanced meditation techniques, capable of inducing powerful states of consciousness. The core practice is ‘insight meditation’, or vipassana, the purpose of which is to give the practitioner direct insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhism posits three underlying states of existence that can be revealed by meditation, these being ‘suffering’, the illusory nature of the self, and the impermanence of matter.

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Comparing 5 Of The Best Books On Buddhism – Which Is Best?

Posted by Ray McLennan on 13-Sep-2016 10:19:00


Buddhism is one of history’s greatest religions, claiming more than 500 million adherents around the world. As well as inspiring the lives of millions of devotees across India, China, Japan, and South East Asia, Buddhism is also one of the fastest growing religions in the West.

For a Westerner interested in Buddhism but unfamiliar with the cultural landscape and history of India, it can be tricky to know where to begin. The picture is complicated by there being two major ‘schools’ of Buddhism, as well as dozens of smaller ‘denominations’ within each school, and local cultural variations.

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