Buddhism, one of the world's most widely practiced religions, isa fascinating yet complex eastern religion that is rapidlyspreading throughout western civilization. What does it mean to bea Buddhist? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behindthis religion? Buddhism For Dummies explores these questionsand more in this updated guide to Buddhist culture. You'll gain anunderstanding of the origins of this ancient practice and howthey're currently applied to everyday life.
Whether you're a searcher of truth, a student of religions, orjust curious about what makes Buddhism such a widely practicedreligion, this guide is for you. In plain English, it defines theimportant terms, explains the key concepts, and explores in-depth awide range of fascinating topics.New and expanded coverage on all the schools of Buddhism,including Theravada, Tibetan, and MahayanaThe continuing relevance of the Dalai LamaUpdated coverage on daily observances, celebrations, styles,practices, meditation, and more
Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Buddhism For Dummies isyour essential guide to this fascinating religion.
Meditation is the ideal way to relax your body, calm your mind, reduce stress, and enhance your overall health and well-being. Whether you're new to meditation, a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, or someone looking for ways to change and improve your meditation practice, this guide has you covered.
Open the book and find:
Effective meditation techniques
The importance of breath and ways to focus on your breathing
Advice on when and where to meditate
Different ways of sitting for meditation
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.
Meditation relaxes the body, calms the mind, improves mentalclarity, reduces stress and enhances overall health and well-being.Ideal for novices as well as experienced practitioners looking toexpand their horizons, this portable edition of the bestsellingMeditation For Dummies gives you dozens of techniques,practices, and specific meditations, along with tips on how to getthe most out of meditation in your everyday life.
Learn the basics – get step-by-step instructions for avariety of meditations, starting with how to sit, what to focus onand how to stop your mind from racing
Fine-tune your meditation – discover how to tailor yourpractice to your unique needs and life situation, and how totroubleshoot common problems
Put meditation to work – learn how to extend meditation'sbenefits to every area of your life, from performing moreeffectively at work, at play and even in the bedroom, to promotingyour spiritual growth
Open the book and find:
How to sit, what to wear and how to breathe
Ways to improve your mental concentration
Tips on tuning into your body
Tried and tested methods for replacing negative patterns ofthought
Guidance on dealing with fear and self-doubt
Meditations for stress reduction, healing and performanceenhancement
Ways to develop your own meditation practice
Embrace meditation and improve your mood
Find your focus
Overcome difficult emotions and everyday problems
Slow down and enjoy 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.
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
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
If you want to incorporate yoga into your daily routine or rampup what you're already doing, Yoga All-In-One For Dummies isthe perfect resource! This complete compendium of six separatetitles features everything you need to improve your health andpeace of mind with yoga, and includes additional information on,stretching, meditation, adding weights to your yoga workouts, andpower yoga moves.
Yoga has been shown to have numerous health benefits, rangingfrom better flexibility and athletic performance to lowered bloodpressure and weight loss. For those who want to take control oftheir health and overall fitness, yoga is the perfect practice.With Yoga All-In-One For Dummies, you'll have everything youneed to get started and become a master of even the toughest yogaposes and techniques.Find out how to incorporate yoga to foster health, happiness,and peace of mindGet a complete resource, featuring information from six titlesthat are packed with tipsUse companion workout videos to help you master various yogaposes and techniques that are covered in the bookUtilize tips in the book to increase balance, range of motion,flexibility, strength, and overall fitness
Take a deep breath and dive into Yoga All-In-One ForDummies to find out how you can improve your health and yourhappiness by incorporating yoga into your daily routine.