The Meditation Handbook: The Practical Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques

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Duncan Baird Publishers, Jan 3, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 244 pages
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The Meditation Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of meditation techniques, including those taught by the great spiritual traditions. It describes the many benefits of the practice, and aims to provide readers with much of what they need to know in order to decide if meditation is right for them. Each of the most important techniques is described in its essential details, using concepts that can be easily understood by the general reader - although the book will also be helpful to those with experience who wish to develop their practice further. Professor Fontana emphasises that meditation is an outstanding technique not only for developing harmony and inner peace and for enhancing physical and psychological health, but also for enabling the practitioner to explore the mysteries of the mind and the spiritual dimension to existence. The book is unique in its breadth and scope, in its freedom from doctrine and dogma and in the authentic wisdom it builds upon - the author has personal experience of many major Eastern and Western traditions. Written in accessible language throughout, it concludes with sections on the nature of enlightenment and on the mysteries of life and death.


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User Review  - Steve Goble - Goodreads

I read about half of this and moved on to other stuff, not because of any real fault of the book itself but because the early going covered material I was familiar with and because I was just in a mood for something more fun. This was a bit dry, at least in the early chapters. Read full review


Foreword by Professor Michael West Introduction
Who am I? The Exploration of the Inner World
Why Meditation?
Concentration Tranquillity Insight
Stopping the Mind
Inner Voice and Compassion
The World of the Shaman
A Key to the Inner World
Knowing Your Own Mind
The Mysteries of Life and Death
Form and Formlessness
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About the author (2012)

David Fontana is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and was Founding Chairman of the Society's Transpersonal Psychology Section. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, together with a number of other degrees and professional qualifications, and is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University and Visiting Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He has written widely on the psychology of spirituality and on the traditions and practices of the major Eastern and Western psycho-spiritual traditions. His 23 books are translated into 26 languages.

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