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|Notes:||Originally published: New York : Harper & Row Publishers, 1969.|
|Description:||183 pages ; 22 cm|
|Contents:||General introduction --
Introduction. The meaning and purpose of Buddhist meditation ; Its range and principal divisions ; The literary sources ; The arrangement of the selections ; Buddhist meditation and modern psychotherapy --
Selections. I. Devotional exercises. 1. The three treasures: a. The recollection of the Buddha, b. The recollection of the Dharma, c. The recollection of the Samgha ; 2. The Bodhisattva's example ; 3. Worship ; 4. A note on visions --
II. Mindfulness. 1. The mindful awareness of the body: a. Bodily postures, attitudes and behaviour, b. Breathing mindfulness ; 2. The mindful awareness of mental processes: a. Feelings, b. The five hindrances ; 3. The repudiation of the sensory world: a. Guarding the senses, b. The control of the mind, c. Similes for the evils of sense-desires ; 4. The recollection of death ; 5. Distaste for the body, and its functions: a. The thirty-two parts of the body, b. The repulsiveness of food, c. The foul. The corpses on the charnel field ; 6. The goal (Nirvana). The recollection of peace --
III. Trance. 1. The practice of introversion: a. Withdrawal from the world, b. The eight stages of trance ; 2. The cultivation of the social emotions: a. Nine preliminary reflections on hate, b. Unlimited friendliness, c Unlimited compassion, d. Unlimited sympathetic joy, e. Unlimited evenmindedness ; 3. The evocation of deities --
IV. Wisdom. 1. The four holy truths: a. The truth of ill, b. The sixteen aspects ; 2. The three marks of conditioned things: a. The 165 considerations, b. The three marks defined ; 3. Survey of conditions: A The range of conditioning, b. The automatic nature of conditioning, c. Conditioned co-production ; 4. Withdrawal from the world (the eight cognitions) ; 5. Emptiness --
Numerical lists --
Glossary of technical terms.