Stages of Meditation (Paperback)
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Not for the novice, this is the clearest and most generous book on the deep philosophy of Buddhism that I have ever read. It opens endlessly. Direct, intimate, supremely intelligent, it is for the serious student.— From John
The Dalai Lama explains the principles of meditation in a practice-oriented format especially suited to Westerners. Based upon the middle section of the Bhavanakrama by Kamalashila, a translation of which is included, this is the most extensive commentary given by the Dalai Lama on this concise but important meditation handbook. It is a favorite text of the Dalai Lama, and he often takes the opportunity to give teachings on it to audiences throughout the world. In his words, "This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures." Topics include the nature of mind, how to develop compassion and loving-kindness, calm abiding wisdom, and how to establish a union of calm abiding and special insight.
About the Author
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.
"A feast of a book and as comprehensive and readable an introduction to the nature and scope of Buddhism's living wisdom as can be found."—Bloomsbury Review
"With characteristic warmth and lucidity, the Dalai Lama's reflections bring alive this classic synopsis of Mahayana Buddhism in a way that will inspire and inform anyone who seeks to practice the Dharma today."—Stephen Batchelor, author of Verses from the Center
"Stages of Meditation is a wise, wonderful, and profound book."—Ken Wilber, author of Integral Psychology: Consciousness Spirit Psychology Therapy
"For the budding practitioner there are few teachings more essential or indispensable than Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation."—ForeWord
"A rigorous treatment of a single pithy source text, this faithful rendering from Tibetan was more than ten years in the making."—Shambhala Sun
"A must read for followers of the Dalai Lama and an unquestionably worthy addition to Buddhist studies reading lists and reference collections."—Midwest Book Review
"As always the Dalai Lama's warmth and his ability to adjust the level of his commentary to his audience are in evidence."—Journal of Asian Studies
"As usual he challenges the listener or reader with his deceptive simplicity and unassuming brilliance."—Frederick M. Smith, University of Iowa for Religious Studies Review