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Change Your Mind: Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation


Change Your Mind: Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation

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Paramananda's light style helps to answer the bigger picture of 'why meditate?' as well as walk us through the mindfulness of breathing and the lovingkindness meditations. With key reminders on the importance of our body and suggestions on working with it in meditation, he also considers the distractions, how to set up and maintain a regular meditation practice, insight and further levels of consciousness.

Born John Wilson in London, Paramananda was curious about Asian ideas but it was not until the death of his father that his interest in Buddhism was aroused. Ordained in the Western Buddhist Order in 1985, he has been teaching meditation, Buddhism and body awareness full-time in San Francisco and London since then.

Inspiring, calming and friendly... If you've always thought meditation might be a good idea, but found other step-by-step guides lacking in spirit, this book could finally get you going. --Here's Health

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Book details

  • PDF | 196 pages
  • Paramananda(Author)
  • Windhorse Publications; New Edition edition (4 Nov. 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • Mind, Body & Spirit

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  • By S. H. O. Moss on 7 July 2000

    Paramananda's book is so special because it is suitable for complete beginners to meditation, but it remains an inspiration to me after 8 years of meditating. He manages to blend simple description of technique (which is soon remembered) with subtle pointers and indications which are so easily forgotten as one ploughs on with a meditation practice. I know many people who have read this book, and don't know of a single one who has been disappointed.

  • By Mac on 20 May 2017

    Very clear and practical guide. A good overview of Buddhist values is given but it is not intimidating or aimed only at people who want to become Buddhists. Very good writing style.

  • By RS on 31 December 2015

    Great introduction to meditation

  • By Adam on 5 April 2008

    This book is elegantly and beautifully written. I don't remember ever enjoying reading a book so much. There is a depth and intimacy to Paramananda's writing which will carry over into your meditation practice. Many writers compose meditation guides in a dry, predictable, boring style that, after a few chapters, can make me yawn and feel tired with the practice before I've even tried it! I will want to keep this book for a lifetime. This book brings the process of meditation well and truly alive and has been hugely inspirational for me. If I were to be reborn and wanted just one book from my past life to guide me it would be this one.

  • By Jonathan Apps on 13 September 2006

    I think this is a great meditation book, for beginners and others. Its style is very emotive, almost poetic at times; this contrasts favourably with the dry, utilitarian attitude of other meditation books I've reviewed.Far from making it subjective, Paramananda's way of writing is very inspiring, and one feels welcomed into the world of meditation. He manages to emphasise open-mindedness and kindness to oneself rather than a narrow, results-driven approach.Meditation experiences are really impossible, ultimately, to describe in words, but Paramananda manages to give the reader a feel for what it's all about that should be sufficient to take one's practice a considerable way.

  • By TS London on 29 July 2010

    Straightforward, clear, lucid and very very informative. If you want a list of many different meditations to do, go elsewhere. If you want to learn how to start becoming a good mediatator and find out what meditation can do for you, buy this.I've tried to get into various forms of meditation for about two years but have found the various books I've purchased to be largely unhelpful. If you don't knoww after reading this book why you should meditate and how you can start; give up, it's not for you. I am very, very pleased to have found this book, may it all go on from here.

  • By caldera on 21 September 2013

    This, and Mathieu Ricard's "The art happiness" are the best introductions to Buddhist meditation I have read. This book is full of both practical and theoretical material that can form the basis of a sound meditation practice. The author is a lover of poetry; this is reflected in his beautiful writing style. Highly recommended.

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