Stephan Bodian

Stephan Bodian is a licensed psychotherapist and the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal.
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From the outside, Buddhism seems like a bundle of contradictionswrapped inside a paradox. It is a religion without a god, a beliefsystem without rules, and a faith that encourages its adherents toquestion everything, including its own teachings. You could spend alifetime studying Buddhist texts and following its observances andstill feel like you’ve only just barely scratched thesurface. Yet, over the past 2500 years, this lovely religion thatpreaches compassion, generosity, tolerance, selflessness andself-awareness has commanded the fervent devotion of hundreds ofmillions of people around the world who believe it to be the truepath to enlightenment.

If you’re curious about Buddhism but feel intimidated byall the exotic jargon and strange trappings, this book is for you.Written by two leading American Buddhist teachers and scholars, itoffers you a uniquely friendly way to explore the fascinatinghistory of Buddhism and discover:

Who Buddha was and his significance in world history andspiritualityHow the practice of Buddhism can enrich your everyday lifeHow Buddha’s teachings combine to create a path toenlightenmentDaily observances and meditation practicesHow to fulfill your highest potential through Buddhism

In plain English, experts Jonathan Landaw and Stephan Bodiandefine the important terms, explain the key concepts and explore,in-depth a wide range of topics, including:

Buddha’s life and teachings and the evolution of themajor Buddhist traditionsHow Buddhism works as a religion, philosophy of life and apractical approach to dealing with life’s problems, allrolled into oneThe idea that the mind is the source of all happiness andsufferingHow the practices of wisdom and compassion can connect you withyour inner spiritual resourcesMeditation and other core Buddhist practices and how they canaffect your everyday lifeHow to apply Buddhist teachings at each stage along thespiritual path

Whether you’re a searcher of truth, a student ofreligions, or just curious about what’s got Richard Gere andall the rest of those celebrity Buddhists so excited, BuddhismFor Dummies is your intro to Buddhism basics.

Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier life

Meditation has been used for centuries to reduce stress, increase energy, and enhance overall health and well-being—so it's no wonder more and more people in today's fast-paced and stress-centric world are adopting this age-old practice. If you want to achieve a greater state of calmness, physical relaxation, and psychological balance, Meditation For Dummies is your life raft. Covering the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, this new edition explains in plain English how you can put meditation into practice today and start reaping the benefits of living a more mindful life.

Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this plain-English guide provides a wealth of tips and techniques for sitting (or lying) down with your mind to meditate successfully. From preparing your body for meditation to focusing your awareness and being open to the present moment, it covers everything you need to put distractions to rest and open yourself up to a meditation practice that works for you.Provides the latest research on the causes of happiness and how meditation can improve your moodIncludes a new chapter on the growing trend of meditation in the workplaceExplains how meditation and other mindfulness practices have made their way into hospitals, schools, prison, and military groupsIllustrates the benefits of taking time to consciously cultivate mindfulness through meditation

If you're ready to find some zen and benefit from all meditation has to offer, this friendly guide sets you up for success.

Live a life of peace, love, and happiness through spiritual awakening

In Wake Up Now, author Stephan Bodian--nationally recognized expert on meditation and spirituality and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal--reveals that spiritual awakening is not some faraway dream, or overly complicated to achieve, but an ever-present reality that is always available here and now.

Based on his own experience and over 30 years of teaching the direct approach to spiritual awakening, Bodian has broken down the awakening process into five overlapping, loosely sequential stages: seeking, awakening, deepening and clarifying, embodying, and living the awakened life. Wake Up Now guides you through every stage of the journey, from the process of seeking through the often prolonged and challenging process of integrating the awakening into everyday life.

"This book is one of the most concise guides to spiritual awakening I have read. Both profound and practical, it guides the reader through the intricacies of awakening as only someone who has walked the walk themselves can do. The clarity and compassion this book offers the sincere spiritual seeker is both rare and welcome."
--Adyashanti, renowned spiritual teacher and author of The Impact of Awakening and Emptiness Dancing

Topics include:
Entering the Gateless Gate; Seeking without a Seeker; Freedom from the Known; The Practice of Presence; Who is Experiencing this Moment Right now; Spontaneous Awakening; In the Wake of Awakening; Embodying the Light; Freeing the Dark Inside the Light; The Awakened Life

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