Archive for the ‘Meditation’ Category

“We all have the same human mind—each and every one of us has the same potential. Our surroundings and so forth are important, but the nature of mind itself is more important… To live a happy and joyful life, we must take care of our minds.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At the heart of this book is The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel of the Oral Tradition, an accessible and nonsectarian treatise on penetrating the nature of mind by Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub, a teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s broad-ranging overview of this work insightfully distills some of the most central themes of Buddhism: why the mind is so essential to the tradition, what distinguishes the levels of consciousness, and how different schools of Tibetan Buddhism elaborate those distinctions. Profound and erudite, it brings the reader closer to a fresh and direct experience of Buddhism’s central truths.

Along with his lucid translations, José Cabezón provides an introduction to the root text and presentations of the life and works of Khöntön Rinpoché, all richly annotated.

Click here to get your copy and a free download of Khonton Rinpoche’s text in Tibetan.

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Unlearning the Basics might be understood as a sequel to the classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: gently nudging us back to what we thought we knew and helping us discover something fresh and real-something suddenly self-evident. A rare and precious achievement.” —Kurt Spellmeyer, author of Buddha at the Apocalypse

In fresh and inviting language and making frequent use of strikingly clear diagrams and illustrations, Unlearning the Basics challenges many of our common-sense understandings about ourselves and the world. The author lays out a new way of seeing that enables us to live more serenely, more compassionately, and more free from the slings and arrows of our busy lives.

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Awakening the Kind Heart offers powerful and inviting meditation techniques to activate the heart of kindness within us all-a modern and motivating interpretation of traditional and powerful practices.

“This book will help you find happiness and true satisfaction, and help you live a life of benefit to others.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, author of How to Be Happy and Wholesome Fear

“Through clear explanations, straightforward practices, and basic goodheartedness, this book explains how to navigate the path to love, even under very trying circumstances. Truly, there is nothing more needed at this time-our very future may depend upon it.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Kathleen McDonald is a remarkably skilled meditation teacher. In this precious gem of a book, she shows us how to open our hearts into deepest solidarity with others and thereby uncover our truest selves.”—John Makransky, author of Awakening Through Love

“A brilliant book and a must-read for all seekers.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boundless Healing

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Dr. Kozak will be giving a workshop based on the teachings in his book Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants this weekend at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.

Arnie Kozak, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and founder of Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont, where he practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy and teaches meditation. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, voted one of the best spiritual books of 2009 by Spirituality & Practice. Since 1985 when he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, he has practiced meditation, yoga, and psychology. He has recently lectured in psychology for the University of Vermont and is a clinical instructor in psychiatry and medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

For more details on the program visit the Kripalu website.

For more on Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants click here.

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Anyen Rinpoche will be teaching from and signing his wonderful book Momentary Buddhahood, Friday, February 19th from 7:45—9p.m. at Prana Yoga 3840 Osprey Ave. in Sarasota Florida.

Anyen Rinpoche was born in Amdo, Tibet. His lineage can be traced back directly to the renowned Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche, author of Words of My Perfect Teacher. Anyen Rinpoche’s training included more than fourteen years of intensive study combined with solitary retreat before he obtained the degree of khenpo (master teacher) and became the head scholar of his monastic university in Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche is known for his profound understanding of the scriptures as well as his easy-to-understand interpretation of them. He has taught extensively in Tibet and China and now mentors students throughout Southeast Asia, Japan and North America.

Here is what people are saying about Momentary Buddhahood.

“With his brilliant scholarship in Buddhism and intimate knowledge of the minds of both East and West, Anyen Rinpoche has produced a truly insightful guidebook on mindfulness, a precious gift for Dharma students, new and old alike. I trust that by taking in these teachings, we can rejuvenate the mindfulness that is inherent in us all.”—from the foreword by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boundless Healing

“Anyen Rinpoche teaches the profound view of Dzogchen as the culmination of a graduated path of practical instructions for transforming our lives. He points out that the experience of the mind’s true nature is accessible to us at any time, yet must be cultivated through a lifetime of practice. This accessible book shows how mindfulness is central to this practice, allowing us to recognize our own negative patterns of behavior and transcend them.”—Sam Van Schaik, author Approaching the Great Perfection

“This extraordinary book shows how applying mindfulness, like following a compass, guides us on the path and directs our energy toward transformative practice.”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness

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“Teaching children to meditate might be as easy as herding any other group of frisky critters. Moody Cow Meditates fills a distinct void in kid literature.”–Publishers Weekly

It all started one stupid, rotten day when everything went wrong…

Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. And to make matters worse all the other kids are teasing him, calling him Moody Cow. Peter’s day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise. This vibrant and funny children’s book is a playful and hilarious way to introduce children to the power of meditation. With full color illustrations by the author Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.

Have you ever had a Moody Cow day?

kerry1Author Kerry Lee MacLean signing at Book Expo America.

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Arnie Kozak will be signing his new book Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness at Brown Dog Books & Gifts Friday, April 3, 2009 at 7pm.

Brown Dog Books & Gifts is located at 22 Commerce St. in Hinesberg, VT.

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“Arnie Kozak offers us 108 vibrant portals to understanding and cultivating mindfulness and acceptance. In an immediate and accessible way, the metaphors in Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants do a wonderful job of capturing the flavor, complexity, and richness of mindfulness and are particularly good at illustrating the process of employing it. Highly recommend for anyone practicing mindfulness-as well as for therapists, teachers, and parents who are introducing others to this healing, expansive practice.” – Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D., coauthor of Mindfulness- & Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice

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As the exceptional, essential new anthology The Best of Inquiring Mind: 25 Years of Dharma, Drama, and Uncommon Insight underscores for us, Inquiring Mind journal has been both a vital and heroic effort in English-language Buddhist media.

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Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness will be giving a lecture titled, “Meditate Your Way to an A+” at the University of Vermont.

This event is designed to equip students with strategies and techniques to maximize cognitive performance and academic productivity during times of high academic workload. Our priority is to discuss how this can be accomplished in a SANE and SUSTAINABLE manner – thus allowing participants to build the necessary habits for long term academic and professional success.

The event will be held at:

Frank Livak Ballroom Dudley H. Davis Center (4th floor)
From 6pm-9pm
Monday March 23, 2009
590 Main St.
Burlington, VT.

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Now that we’ve launched Gobeyondwords, we have a place to easily keep you up to date with our authors’ comings and goings. Two of them, Shaila Catherine and Ethan Nichtern, were speakers at “Authors at Google” this year, and videos have been recently made available. So we thought we’d share them with you.

First, Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity:

Next up is Ethan Nichtern, the young head of New York’s Interdependence Project, and author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence:

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