When it comes to meditation, Pema Chodron is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio - until now.
In How to Meditate with Pema Chodron, subtitled "A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind", the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation. Through traditional insights and her personal guidance in 12 sitting sessions, Chodron will help you honestly meet with, and compassionately relate to, your mind as you explore:
The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, from proper posture, to learning to settle, to breathing and relaxation
Gentleness, patience, and humor - three ingredients for a well-balanced practice
Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight" - instead of obstacles - in meditation
Yep… It's a disappointment
If I order something called how to meditate, I would like to start from the beginning.. how to sit, how to breathe, where or whether to look or keep eyes closed, audible chanting vs silence pros and cons… this audiobook may EVENTUALLY get there but where in the 5 hours I don't know. About 20 minutes in you suddenly learn that there is a certain assumption that you know how to begin…… bummer.
Poor quality, not well structured
It turns out this is live recording of an actual instruction class. The first minutes are wasted time talking about the structure of that class etc. There is no introduction to what meditation is or how to do it. Not recommended!